On Wednesday 2 March the Royal Albert Hall was filled with the noise and dazzling lights of Broadway as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed the hits from the nation's best-loved musicals with stars Kerry Ellis, Marisha Wallace, Ben Forster and Bradley Jaden.

Read on for photos and reactions from the day.

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The conductor David Firman invited the audience to stand for a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem before the concert began in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

The stars of the show came together for the foot-tapping You Can't Stop the Beat from Hairspray, which followed with Marisha Wallace singing I Know Where I've Been from the same show.

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The first British actress to be Ephelba in the worldwide smash success Wicked, Kerry Ellis performed the character's signature song Defying Gravity.

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Ben Forster and Kerry Ellis sang the duet Come What May from Moulin Rouge.

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Bradley Jaden sung the heartfelt Stars from Les Misérables.

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Presenter Gary Wilmot joined the cast of singers for One Day More from Les Mis.

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Bradley Jaden and Marisha Wallace sang the iconic duet from Aladdini, A Whole New World.

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Ben Forster, who rocketed to stardom in 2012 after winning the Superstar ITV talent show to portray Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, performed the belter Gethsemene with its fiendishly difficult top G.

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The concert was topped off with an encore of Oh What A Night! from Jersey Boys.

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 It was a sensational night for all involved...

A selfie from the stage before it all kicked off!

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The sound of musicals from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns next year with Let's Face the Music at the Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 8 March 2023.

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