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Who is @WestEndProducer?!

This is the question that has been circling the Twittersphere since last November, when a mysterious user started commenting about the theatrical world on the social networking site.  The anonymous tweeter has enjoyed dropping hints that he is no other than Sir Cameron Mackintosh, but according to sources Sir Cameron is not much for technology…or is this yet another ruse?  Although WEP has not been unmasked, and reportedly won’t be for a long time, Twitter’s very own Phantom has amassed over 18,000 followers in his 8 month reign.

WEP announced the online competition months ago and it has seen hundreds of entries, over 12 hours of footage submitted for the West End talent contest via YouTube.  20 men and 20 women were chosen as quarter finalists who were then voted for on Twitter to reach the semi finals 10/10.  The judges revelled in choosing a Wild Card resulting in 11 men and 11 women in the semi finals who then submitted specifically recorded songs to become 1 of 10 finalists, 5 male and 5 female. All voted for via Twitter.

The 10 finalists will now compete head to head in a live concert at the West End’s Lyric Theatre, currently home to Thriller, with singer, actor and Radio 2 presenter Aled Jones as the evening’s host.  Aled has starred in shows such as Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, he will also join Lorraine Kelly as co-host on ITV’s soon to be relaunched Daybreak.

The competition will be judged Louise Dearman, who will provide the finalists with a demonstration on solo singing, and other respected industry professionals: West End and TV Musical Director Mike Dixon, West End Agent Gemma Lowy-Hamilton and International Theatre Producer and Secret Millionaire David King.
A potential leading man and lady will be chosen by the audience and judges from the evening’s performances, who will then get to duet with West End stars Kerry Ellis and Jon Lee.

The #searchforatwitterstar LIVE finalists have attracted considerable support from the West End community with the generous donation of prizes and good luck video messages being posted daily by leading West End performers and show casts (see separate post for video).

“This is a very serious talent search – to find genuine and new theatre talent,” said @westendproducer. “It will also be a marvellous evening, and a world-first; an entire tweeting show. I’ll drink to that! #dear”

It is produced for @westendproducer by Tony Green, who is reuniting the creative team behind the recently sold-out Children of Eden gala concert – Director Drew Baker, Musical Supervisor James Draisey and Production Designer Ben M Rogers.

West End Producer will also be making an appearance, with tweets projected live throughout the show, sipping Dom accompanied by his Valjean teddy no doubt.

For tickets and more information visit: www.searchforatwitterstarlive.co.uk

By Ben Vivian-Jones 

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