Curtain Up: Any Dream Will Do

This article first appeared in the March 29, 2007 issue of **The Stage**

**BBC1 and Lloyd Webber launch second musical talent show to find star of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat**
by Scott Matthewman

BBC1 returns to the musical theatre talent show arena this weekend, as Any Dream Will Do begins its search to find the lead for a West End revival of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The show follows much the same formula as its predecessor How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, but with some changes in the judging panel. Live Nation supremo David Ian has left to join ITV1’s forthcoming Grease Is the Word series, with his place taken by Joseph co-producer Bill Kenwright. Existing judges Andrew Lloyd Webber, actor John Barrowman and vocal coach Zoe Tyler return, joined by actress Denise Van Outen.

Thousands of hopefuls auditioned for 100 places at the London recalls. Of those, 50 progressed to the intensive musical workshops dubbed ‘Joseph School’, from which 12 men have been selected as finalists for the live shows.

“There was a feeling that musical theatre didn’t have the breadth of appeal for mainstream TV,” said BBC1 controller Peter Fincham. “I’m very glad that a year ago, we took the plunge and ignored the conventional wisdom when Andrew approached us with Maria. The success of The Sound of Music has shown how effective that process was.

“Joseph is, for me, the dream follow-up. Obviously we move from girls to boys and that makes it a different series in many ways. There is also something about Joseph that makes it really special – a quintessential Britishness about it that I really love.”