In the past Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber has used reality television competitions to help cast his musical productions.  With the limits on crowds, Lord Weber is going virtual for his next competition.

After finding his new Maria and Joseph via reality competition, Weber is now looking for a new star on Broadway or the West End once the theatres open again.

Weber is inviting singers to create their own vocal showcase at the end of “Think of Me” – sung by female lead Christine Daae in “Phantom of the Opera”.  The end of the song features a 13 second “cadenza” where vocal gymnastics are encouraged.

Weber will introduce the winning singer on the Broadway or West End stage – depending on which show reopens first – to sing after the performance

Speaking on the competition Weber said, “I just thought, ’Wouldn’t it be fun to find a cadenza that we could do when finally we reopen in 2047.  Everybody is needing something to lift the spirits at the moment.”

Weber, singer and former Christine Sierra Boggess, and British talk show host Graham Norton will serve as judges for the entries.  Singers can post their entries via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Noting that he has been impressed by some of the entries, Weber said, “some of them are very funny. Some of them are very good. And one or two of the girls who sent in things, I think we ought to actually see, because I think they could just possibly be Christines.  It’s delightful.”

Weber has been finding creative ways to keep himself busy during the shutdown including his YouTube channel “The Show Must Go On”.  The next installment airs May 1 with the sequel to “Phantom of the Opera”, “Love Never Dies”.

 

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