BBC to launch televised search for Oliver!

December 24, 2007 by  
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Following on from the successful searches for the next big things of the stage in Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Marai? the BBC has announced that it is to launch a nationwide televised contest for the role of Oliver in the hit musical.

The show, which will be called I’d Do Anything, will see thousands of young boys from across the UK battle it out on prime-time television to land the title role on the West End stage.

As well as guaranteeing to change the lives of three boys, the show will also be on the lookout for an undiscovered actress to play Nancy in Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Dickens classic.

As with previous shows, I’d Do Anything will be hosted by Graham Norton, while Andrew Lloyd Webber and fellow composer Cameron Mackintosh will be among the judges.

“We’re really pleased to be building on the success of Any Dream Will Do with a new search for West End stars next year,” Elaine Bedell, the BBC’s controller of entertainment commissioning said.

“Oliver! is a much-loved British musical so we’re sure the show will unite families and melt hearts across the UK as we watch some of Britain’s best new talent take centre stage.”

As part of its Christmas programme, the BBC is also bringing together Connie Fisher and Lee Mead, who leapt to stardom through the channel’s talent shows, in a festive one-off. 

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