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2009-09-11 10:36:12

The winners of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's upcoming U.K. reality competition series will star in a new stage musical version of The Wizard of Oz, the BBC said. The show's producers are looking for a young woman to play Dorothy and a dog to play Toto in the planned West End production. I can't wait to work with the BBC again in the hunt for Dorothy -- an iconic role, of course, made famous by a young Judy Garland in the film in 1939, said composer and producer Lloyd-Webber. But, as a cat man myself,...

2008-09-27 00:00:25

When I'd Do Anything hopeful Samantha Barks met American diva Liza Minnelli during the making of the BBC TV programme, little did she know that she would soon be taking on the screen star's greatest role. Because, although Samantha lost out on the part of Nancy that contestants in the TV show were fighting for, she impressed so much that she was awarded the lead role in Cabaret. She plays Kit Kat Club singer Sally Bowles in the musical which turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy,...

2008-09-22 12:00:25

By MAUREEN COLEMAN Belfast's Rachel Tucker is set to make her leading lady West End debut tonight in the hit musical we Will Rock You. Family and friends of the I'd Do Anything singer travelled to London over the weekend to cheer her on in her 'meaty' new role. The pretty brunette from the north of the city will play the the part of sassy Meat in the Queen musical at the Dominion Theatre. Based on the songs of the legendary band, We Will Rock You was written by Ben Elton in...

2008-09-12 18:00:21

By Vicky Anderson SALLY BOWLES is one of the most memorable characters, with some of the most legendary numbers, in the history of musicals. The unforgettable performance from Liza Minnelli, in the film version, and stage portrayals by such formidable talents as Dame Judi Dench and Jane Horrocks have cemented Sally as one of the top female roles in theatre. No pressure on newcomer, 17-year-old Samantha Barks then. The teenager from the Isle of Man became a household name earlier...

2008-09-06 12:00:12

A SELECT group of talented young people from across the province will be put through their paces today when one of the world's most renowned performers tests their skills. Elaine Paige, who is often regarded as the First Lady of the West End, will be in Belfast to deliver the Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers Masterclass at the Grand Opera House to students from Music Theatre 4 Youth. Among the 18 people chosen to take part in the class will be I'd Do Anything finalists Niamh Perry. The...

2008-09-02 18:00:17

Young reviewer VICTORIA WATSON catches the opening night of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday, September 13 JOSEPH kicked off in style last night. Considering this is a show where three of the main parts are played by people who didn't win Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for Josephs and Nancys, there is absolutely nothing second-rate about the performances. Give me Craig Chalmers over Lee Mead any day. Craig was in...

2008-08-01 15:00:34

By Liam Rudden Arts and IN the glare of the studio lights, the dream for 19-year-old Niamh Perry was a role on the West End. One of 12 finalists to make it to the televised heats of I'd Do Anything, the Belfast-born hopeful sang her way through to week eight before being voted off the prime-time BBC ratings winner. Her ambition to play Nancy in Oliver! dashed forever. Perry's West End dream may yet rekindled however, thanks to a new wartime musical receiving its world premier on this...

2008-07-22 09:00:47

TALENTED youngsters left their audiences asking for more with their own version of the smash hit musical Oliver. Pupils from Pallister Park Primary School in Middlesbrough sang and danced their hearts out in two well-received performances for families and friends. Star of the show was Brian Freeman, 10, who dazzled the audiences with his solo performances as Oliver Twist. Headteacher Chris Wain said: "It was brilliant - a really superb performance. I tried to get Brian an audition...

2008-07-16 18:00:00

THE winner of the search to find Nancy for the new West End production of Oliver! is the latest star to join the Faenol Festival line-up. Jodie Prenger will join John Barrowman, one of the judges who voted for her on the BBC's I'll Do Anything, for the musicals gala at the Faenol Estate on August 24. Bryn Terfel said: "This year's musical theatre gala brings an incredible line-up of West End stars together - she is a welcome addition." After winning the role of Nancy, Prenger will...

2008-06-22 15:00:13

By Linda Summerhayes IT is a hazard suffered by the rich and famous - to be followed by adoring fans clamouring for an autograph and a photographic memento of their brush with the venerable. But while many celebs shun the attention, crying our for their privacy and their right to walk the streets in peace, it's a phenomenon that musical star Keith Jack can't get enough of. "It's nice to be on your own sometimes, but well . . . I have to say, I don't really mind," he laughs. "I'll sign...


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