Cameron Mackintosh is producing a major new production of Lionel Bart's classic musical Oliver! in London. The role of 'Nancy' is being cast using the Saturday night television series, I'd Do Anything which is being broadcast on Saturday evenings on BBC1 from 15 March 2008. The hope is that a new musical theatre star will be discovered! In addition the search is also on to find three boys to share the title role of 'Oliver' between them.
I'd Do Anything... the search for 'Oliver'... story so far...
Sunday 13 April 2008 During the programme, the 12 Oliver finalists sung an ensemble version of the song 'A Whole New World' from the musical Aladdin which featured Gwion, Chester and Arthur - the three Oliver Finalists choosen so far to go forward to the Semi-Finals.
Saturday 12 April 2008 The Oliver Finalist's acting and singing skills are assessed all week, but being Oliver requires other skills too. Thus this week the programme sent the boys to Tottenham Hotspurs training ground to teach them team work and stamina with help provided from Robbie Kean, the Republic of Ireland International and team captain. Cameron Mackintosh said: "Some of the boys are not yet physically strong enough as they need to be to actually get though the show. The fact that they can just sing the songs isn't enough. The physicality they have been made to do today has been tremendously helpful to their playing Oliver." Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "They where really enjoying themselves, but they were working together as a team, and they have picked up everything that the coach said." Afterwards Andrew announced that the third boy to go through to the Oliver Semi Finals would be Arthur. Back in the studio all the Oliver finalists sung an ensemble version of 'Teamwork' from the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Sunday 6 April 2008 During the programme, the 12 Oliver finalists sung an ensemble version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's song 'Pie Jesu'.
Saturday 5 April 2008 This week the 12 Oliver finalists visited the Victoria Palace Theatre where the musical Billy Elliot is currently playing. Here they had a go at at acting out one of the scenes from the musical. Unfortunately Laurence had to leave early as he was not well. Back in the studio all 12 Oliver finalists where then shown singing an ensemble version of 'Electricity' from Billy Elliot the Musical. It was then revealed that the second Oliver finalist choosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh to go through to the semi-finals was Chester.
Sunday 30 March 2008: During the programme the Oliver finalists, led by Gwion, sang an ensemble version of 'Bright Eyes' from the film Watership Down.
Saturday 29 March 2008: The third episode of I'd Do Anything. This week show opened with all 12 Nancy finalists joining with the 12 Oliver finalists to sing an ensemble version of 'I'd Do Anything' from the musical Oliver!. Later in the programme the 12 Oliver finalists sung an ensemble version of 'Food, Glorious Food'. During the week the Oliver finalists where taught slight of hand magic tricks by Paul Kieve - Andrew Lloyd Webber then announced that the first Oliver finalist choosen to go through to the semi-finals was Gwion.
Saturday 22 March 2008: The second episode of I'd Do Anything focused the Nancy Training School which took place at The Mary Ward House in Central London. Out of the original 25,000 'Nancy' hopefuls who auditioned, only 42 made it through to the Nancy Training School, but by time the School finishes, only 12 will remain who will go forward to the live 'knock-out' programmes from next week. Out of the 50 Oliver hopefuls, just 12 where selcted to go gorward to next weeks television programme.
Saturday 15 March 2008: The first episode of I'd Do Anything focused on the preliminary auditions which took place around the country. Out of the young boys seen, just 50 where selected to go forward to the next auditions in London.