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Whilst performing in The Phantom of the Opera, Lee Mead auditioned for the BBC series ‘Any Dream Will Do’ to play Joseph. Mead was selected as one of the Top 20 finalists, and eventually won the role nine weeks later. Booking for Joseph was so fast that on 3 July 2007 — when the first three months were sold out — the producers extended the show's run and Mead's contract until January 2009.
At the BBC’s London regional website Mark Shenton said of Lee ‘with a resonant voice that's reminiscent of a young Michael Ball, he's pitch-perfect, too.' For the BBC Breakfast show's reviewer Mead was "a star". ‘Mead is in excellent form vocally,’ wrote The Stage's Lisa Martland.. For the Daily Express’s Paul Callan, Mead's ‘voice is clear, firm and convincing...”
On 12 June 2007, Mead released "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door" by download. Five days later, the songs entered the UK Singles Download Chart at No. 18. Six days after that, the songs peaked at No. 2. The proceeds from the songs went to the BBC's annual Children in Need charity appeal. Lee released his first album ‘Lee Mead’ in 2007 and his second album ‘Nothing Else Matters’ in 2009.
In 2009 Mead was again asked to support BBC’s Children In Need and joined a host of established singers at Abbey Road Studios to record “All You Need Is Love” album.
Following his successful run as Joseph in the West End, Lee took on a new challenge. From January 12th 2010 at the Theatre Royal Windsor he starred in a touring revival of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, adapted by Trevor Baxter as a Victorian comic melodrama, from the short story by Oscar Wilde. Mead led the cast playing the title role.
Lee returned to the West End in May 2010 to take on the role of Fiyero in the musical Wicked and pursue a solo singing career. On his days off from the musical, Lee took his own show ‘An Evening with Lee Mead’ to various venues in UK. He also starred in his own Christmas show at the London Coloseum in the West End in December 2010.
From June 2011, Lee returned to the West End to star in ‘Legally Blonde’ for a three month contract before departing on a ground-breaking tour of Japan in December 2011. After a concert at the prestigious Barbican at Christmas, Lee toured with his new band in February and March 2012 and released a third album in February 2012 called ‘Love Songs’.
During 2012 Lee has cast in TV acting roles - first as ‘Harry Timms’ in an episode of ‘Casualty’ for the BBC and also playing ‘Scott’ in Series 2 of ‘Bedlam’ for Sky TV. He was also asked to join the cast of a new concert venture called ‘West End Men’. The show has been a huge success and included a sell-out performance to 3000 people in Singapore. (Source: www.leemead.co.uk)
CINDERELLA The most enchanting rags-to-riches fairy tale of them all graces the stage of the West End’s most famous theatre this Christmas as pantomime returns to the London Palladium for the first time in nearly 30 years. With an all-star cast this lavish and spectacular production features sumptuous costumes, magnificent scenery and the unmissa...
The UK musical theatre scene is truly leading the pack at the moment. We have a thriving West End, wonderful UK tours, heightened interest in community and inclusive theatre, and now… a musical theatre cruise. Yes, you did hear that right. Later this year, Floating Festivals are premiering Stages At Sea, a 4 night immersive cruise experience with musical theatre appreciation at its’ core. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.
So it’s the morning after the night before and we are still thinking about some of the great musical performances from the Olivier Awards 2018 ceremony – The Girl From the North Country’s Sheila Atim and 42nd Street, to mention just two. Here’s a taste.
Fancy a look backstage at the preparations for the biggest night in the theatre industry calendar? Then stop right here and spy on Lee Mead and Sheila Atim rehearsing, the Hamilton costumes arriving and who is sitting where at the Royal Albert Hall.
There’s the West End cast of Hamilton opening the Olivier Awards ceremony, US musical theatre legend Chita Rivera will lead a West Side Story tribute and past stars of Joseph are celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary – it’s going to be quite a night…
Between #BlueMonday, the freezing cold and some very soggy snow, everyone was in need of a pick-me-up this week! Luckily it was also #NationalHugDay and the perfect excuse to spread some love! From hugs to waves and cozy cuppas, we’ve counted down 10 top tweets from our #StageFaves that give you that warm and fuzzy feeling!