Any Dream Will Do Joseph finalist Lewis Bradley was born and raised in Middlesborough, but now lives in London. Lewis Bradley, who is 17, is studying at the Italia Conti School of Performing Arts.
Sorry Lewis Bradley - you're not Joseph. Lewis was knocked out of the Any Dream Will Do television show during the Grand Final on Saturday 9 June 2007.
Lewis Bradley - YOU CAN BE JOSEPH! Lewis Bradley will play the role of 'Joseph' in the London production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat while Lee Mead is away on holiday from 14 to 26 January 2008, 10 to 15 March 2008 and 5 to 10 May 2008.
Lewis has previously got down to the final 15 for the film version of Billy Elliot. Lewis says: "I have always gone to the theatre, even as a child, and out of all the musicals I have seen, Joseph has always stood out to be the part that most suits me," adding that "the first person who I told when I was through to the final 12 was my Nanna. She was the person who started me into this whole carrer. The fact that my Nanna will be their and sharing the whole experience with me is brilliant. I have her to thank for all this, and I hope I make her proud." John Barrowman described Lewis as being "David Beckham with a voice."
Lewis auditioned in London and, after the Joseph School and the concert at the Abymill Theatre was told by Andrew at the Judges had selected him to be one of the 12 Joseph finalists who will sing live on next week's television programme. Will Lewis be Joseph in the new London production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?
9 June 2007: The Grand Final of Any Dream Will Do! Three Joseph finalists remain - Lewis Bradley, Keith Jack and Lee Mead - but only one will win the coveted lead role of 'Joseph' in the London West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Adelphi Theatre from 7 July 2007 - who will it be?? This week the television show opened with all the 'Joseph' finalists reuniting in an ensemble version of 'Go Go Go Joseph' from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat. This was followed by the three remaining finalists performing two sets of solo songs - Lewis sung 'Kiss' and a big band version of the number 'Beyond The Sea'. Lewis also sung a joint rendition of the song 'Maria' from the musical West Side Story with the other two finalists. Graham Norton then announced the first results of tonight's public telephone voting - Graham revealed that Lewis had not securred enough public votes and so was knocked out, thus the first of tonight's two programmes concluded with Lewis singing 'Close Every Door' with the two remaining 'Joseph' finalists, Keith Jack and Lee Mead.
2 June 2007: Tonight was the semi-finals of Any Dream Will Do. This week Lewis Bradley sung the Neil Diamond song 'Sweet Caroline'. Afterwards John Barrowman said "That was a really great performance." Bill Kenwright commented "I want you here in that final next week" while Andrew Lloyd Webber told him "It's all about inner strength, my worry is for you, not your talent." Lewis also sung a duet with fellow Joseph finalist Lee Mead of the medley 'Oh What A Circus/High Flying Adored' from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita. When all remaining finalists had sung, and after the public telephone voting had closed, Graham Norton asked the panel of Judges who, based on tonight's performances, they thought was not Joseph, both Denise Van Outen and John Barrowman said Lewis. Graham then announced the all important public votes to reveal that Lewis come second from bottom, along with Ben Ellis who had come bottom - so, for the third time Lewis had to face the dreaded sing-off. Who would Andrew Lloyd Webber choice to save this week, Lewis or Ben? The song choosen this week for the sing-off was 'I Dreamed A Dream' from the musical Les Miserables. After their joint rendition of the song Andrew said "I have to go with where the musical theatre has to go... It's a really, really difficult decision. Lewis." Therefore Lewis was saved and goes forward to next week's Grand Final along with the other two remaining finalists, Keith Jack and Lee Mead.
26 May 2007: For the seventh BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' show all the songs featured qualities that every Joseph needs and Lewis Bradley was given the quality courage for which he sung the Enrique Iglesias song 'Hero'. Afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber told him "You've got the charm that could take you all the way" and John Barrowman said "Tonight I thought you sang that better than Enrique himself." After each of the five finalists had sung their solo songs, Graham Norton then asked the Judges, based on this evening's performance only, who they thought wasn't Joseph, both Denise van Outen and John Barrowman said they thought Lewis was not Joseph. But when Gramham Norton announced the results of the votes that really mattered - the public telephone votes - it was revealed that Lewis had obtained enough votes to go straight through to next week's programme!
19 May 2007: This week was the sixth of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows. Lewis Bradley sung the Westlife song 'The Rose'. Afterwards Bill Kenwright told Lewis "You did it beautifully and simply, I thought you were sensational" and Andrew Lloyd Webber said "You did tell the story tonight." Lewis also sung the Frank Sinatra song 'That's Life' along with Keith and Ben. After all the finalists had sung their songs Graham Norton asked the Judges, based on the evening's performances, who they thought was not Joseph - Zoe Tyler and John Barrowman both said Lewis. When the public phone votes where announced it was revealed that Lewis had come second from bottom, along with Daniel who had come bottom. So both had to face the dreaded sing-off in front of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The song this week was 'Bring Him Home' from the musical Les Miserables. After they had sung a joint rendition of the song Andrew said that he wanted to save Lewis, thus he will return next week.
12 May 2007: This week was the fifth of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Lewis Bradley sung The Monkees song 'I'm A Believer'. Afterwards Bill Kenwright told him: "You were terrific. Comical, musical and charismatic. You could not only be a Joseph, you could be a great Joseph" and Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "You could be Joseph." After all the public phone votes had been added up Graham Norton revealed that Lewis had come second from bottom, along with Robert McVeigh who had come bottom - so these two had to do the dreaded sing-off. This week the song was 'Tell Me It Is Not True' from Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers. Afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber said that he would save Lewis, therefore Rob had to leave, but Lewis gets to return next week.
5 May 2007: This week for the fourth of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows Lewis Bradley sung the Toploader song 'Dancing in the Moonlight'. After Bill Kenwright told him "You are special ... you could be Joseph," Zoe Tyler said: "I'm loosing faith in you - you need to get back into the competition" and Andrew Lloyd Webber commented: "There's a side of you I'm not seeing - you've definitely regressed." After all the Joseph hopefuls has sung, Graham Norton asked the Judging Panel, based on tonight's performance, which remaining finalist was not their choice for Joseph, John Barrowman says Lewis. But when all the public votes where added up, it was announced that Lewis had secured enough votes to get through to the next programme, next week.
28 April 2007: This week for the third of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows Lewis Bradley sung The Beatles track 'I Saw Her Standing There'. Bill Kenwright said of his performance: "For a 17-year-old you are a frightening, frightening talent." Lewis managed to secure enough public votes to go through both of tonight's knock-outs, so Lewis returns to sing again next week!
21 April 2007: This week was the second of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Lewis Bradley sung the Elton John and Blue version of 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word'. Afterwards Denise said: "Yes, I was a little bit disappointed with you last week, and I know I upset you, but this week, you will be pleased to hear, I thought you where fantastic! I really believed every word that you sung there, it was a great, great performances, and tonight, Lewis, you're my Joseph." Bill commented "Your maturity Lewis confounds me every week, I think it is astonishing, you're 17 years old, I believed totally in you. I believe in what you sing. I believe in everything about you on the stage. The most important thing to play Joseph is you've got to take me and the audience along with you, so I've got to believe, and I do, you were fantastic." John said: "Lewis, last week you didn't impress, but this week you did your homework, and it showed, that was absolutely brilliant. Well done!" Zoe said "Lewis, don't ever, ever breath in the middle of a word again, you know you did it - 'the Har-[gasp of air]-dest word'. Anyway, apart from that, you've got a big fan in my house, my 5-year-old adores you, and you know what, after that performance, he's got taste." In conclusion Andrew said "The thing with Lewis that we haven't seen yet is that you are a fantastic dancer, that we know, and that is why, we horrible lot here, gave you a very difficult ballad to sing. You did very well with it. The falsetto is a bit of a problem with you I think, it is a difficult thing to do, particualy when you are only 17, to get the balance, to blend it. It was a horrible song to give you, but I'm jolly glad we did, because you did very well." Finally, once all the public votes where counted, it was announced that Lewis had received enough votes to go straight through to next week's programme.
14 April 2007: This first the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Lewis Bradley sung the song 'Faith'. Denise van Outen tole Lewis: "I love watching you as a performer but I felt a little bit disappinted tonight I have to say. I've seen you perform at Joseph School and normally you give 100%. I don't know if it is because you are tired or you are nervous, but you have to treat every live show that we do here as an Opening Night. It is really important, so you are going to have to set it up a gear. It was good, but it wasn't brilliant. I do think you are brilliant and I love you but I thought it could be better." John added, "Well Lewis I thought you did a good performance and a good vocal, I agree with Denise, that you need to push it to the edge, push to the limit." After all the Joseph hopefuls has sung, and the public votes where added up, it was announced that Lewis had secured enough votes to get through to the next programme, next week.