Saturday, 13 May 2006

Lloyd Webber listens for the Sound of Music

Reality television has found its way into the Theatre World, with the BBC climbing every mountain in their search for undiscovered talent in their newest entertainment show in the UK...

A nationwide search has begun to find an actress to play the iconic role of nun-turned-nanny Maria Von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber's revival of The Sound of Music

The budding West End stars auditioning around the UK will be part of a new BBC TV show hosted by popular Irish comedian Graham Norton, cleverly titled How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

Those showing promise in the regional rounds will receive further training before being reviewed by a panel of experts (including Lloyd Webber). The actresses will be whittled down to 10 hopefuls, with the public getting the chance to vote on their favourite when the series
screens on BBC One later in the year.

Julie Andrews starred as Maria in the famous film version, but producers are keen to find an unknown to open their revival of the show. Jeremy Sams (Noises Off, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) will direct the musical, which is due to open at the London Palladium in December.

* How do you find a singer like Maria?
* Sams to Direct London Sound of Music Revival

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