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Review: Mountview Showcase (Criterion Theatre)

A slightly unusual trip for me this week, as I ventured over to the Criterion Theatre in Picadilly Circus to watch the Mountview showcase. It’s showcase time of year (see this week’s The Stage for reviews), but I was attending the show for Mountview’s one-year musical theatre programme.

I was hoping to spot the talent that will find their way to the West End stage before too long, but I couldn’t help feeling slightly disappoined at what I saw. Don’t get me wrong – there were definitely a number of performers who look likely to have a successful career in front of them, but there were an even larger number of people who looked out of their depth.

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Any Dream Will Do – the winners’ story

We’re now more half way though ‘I’d Do Anything’, and the pressure is mounting on the remaining contestants… but I have been wondering – is it really an all-or-nothing situation for the girls who are left, or have they already overcome the hardest hurdle by making it this far?

When the BBC was under attack from critics for broadcasting ‘an extended advert for the musical’, some fans (including myself) defended it on the basis that it is likely to help make a career for the majority of the stars of the show. Having written that in my response to Kevin Spacey, I thought I should actually test whether that was true based on previous series…

After a bit of research, I was somewhat surprised by what I discovered – all but one or two of the finalists have made been successful, but it relied massively on Bill Kenwright, the producer who was a judge in the last series…
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I’d Do Anything – week 2 report

Originally posted on 23rd March

Final 12 Nancys

We’re now 2 weeks into the BBC’s new series, ‘I’d do anything’, and the final 12 girls have been chosen to go through to the live shows.

I’ve actually really enjoyed the first 2 weeks of the show, although I’m finding the search for an Oliver a bit of a distraction still – maybe that will change from next week but I’m still not convinced. I’m also slightly disappointed that Cameron Mackintosh won’t be on the show every week…

Personally, I found some of the ‘story-telling’ on the first 2 shows highly irritating – it felt like most of the contestants had a sob-story to tell. Personally I want to hear people singing, and I think the BBC went a little overboard on this part. Let’s concentrate on whether people are talented from now on…

Thankfully, there appear to be some really strong finalists this year, so I’m excited about the competition we can expect to see in the coming weeks.

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