Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Any Dream TV reality show hit will do for the BBC

Lisburn-born singer Connie Fisher

The runaway hit TV reality show, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? made a star out of Lisburn-born singer Connie Fisher.

Now the province's budding talents are getting another chance to shine, as the BBC announces the launch of Belfast auditions for Any Dream Will Do a new musical-themed show following in 'Maria's' triumphant footsteps.

Young hopefuls are invited to vie for leading roles in the Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat later this month.

"Like The Sound of Music, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a classic musical known to generations of school children. I cannot wait for the reunion of 2006's most unlikely but successful partnership - Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber," said BBC1 Controller Peter Fincham.

"I think this show will have huge appeal for the BBC1 audience."

Any Dream Will Do will allow viewers as well as a panel of judges to choose the leading cast members who will perform in the West End musical next year.

Producer Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "The success of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria was a real boost for musical theatre in Britain.

"I was particularly thrilled with the reaction from school children up and down the country. I cannot wait to get them involved in Any Dream Will Do and to get back into the studio with Graham".

Last year also saw West Belfast performing arts student Kirsty McCrudden charm viewers and judges alike, as she auditioned for the chance of a West End role in the Sound of Music.

While she may not have made it through, she received a chance to train and perform with some of the best in the business.

It's hoped Northern Ireland's rising stars will feature just as prominently in Any Dream Will Do.

Contenders are invited to audition on February 25 and 26 at Belfast's Hilton Hotel.

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