Category Archives: TV Casting Shows

Everyone’s a critic: preview reviews are in for Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet

Two of our favourite topics collided this week in the ‘outrage’ at newspapers publishing early reviews of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet.  Yes, it’s the circular argument about whether it’s OK to review a preview, of which we have already written, and … Continue reading

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I’ll Sing once More: Connie Fisher heads for the hills

The BBC recently broadcast a documentary about Connie Fisher, called I’ll Sing Once More – there is still some time left to watch it on iPlayer.  It is billed as the story of Connie Fisher’s ‘attempt to cure the loss of … Continue reading

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We un-happy few: Are there really ‘so few leading men?’

Andrew Lloyd Webber caused some consternation by declaring that there are ‘so few leading men’ during the semi-final of his casting show ‘Superstar’ a couple of weeks ago.  Are leading men really an endangered species?  And what is a ‘leading … Continue reading

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Beware the false prophet: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Superstar

There is something oddly touching about Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ move to ITV for his latest casting show Superstar.  It’s as though he’s found his spiritual home.  What a relief it must be not to have to pretend that there is … Continue reading

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Give ’em the old razzle dazzle: Are TV casting shows here to stay?

According to Wikipedia, Noel Coward is attributed with the following quotation:  “The moment you have arrived in the profession is when you realise you don’t have to read ‘The Stage’”.  Now there’s an incentive for aspiring actors.  We can’t help … Continue reading

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Circle of strife: Will Tim Rice veto ‘Superstar’ casting?

Tim Rice may not be listed in the recently announced ‘Stage 100’, but he is currently our hero of the week.  According to an article in the Telegraph, he has spoken out against Andrew Lloyd Webber’s plans to cast his … Continue reading

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So much for the Olympic spirit – Andrew Lloyd Webber throws away the baton for team West End theatre

Speculation about how the Olympics will affect West End theatre has been going on for some time, although an article in ‘This is Money’ quoted by Mark Shenton in his Stage blog in November brought matters to a head by suggesting the … Continue reading

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