July’s poll to find your favourite stage to screen musical of the past 20 years saw multiple Oscar winner Chicago take first place with 27% of the vote, in second was Sweeney Todd with 18% and in third was Hairspray with 15% (Hairspray really, what were you thinking? I've had to convince myself that you thought you were voting for the John Waters original). It is worth noting that neither the disaster that was The Producers nor the nowhere-near-as-bad-as-we-all-expected-it-would-be Evita got any votes whatsoever, not that I suppose Mel Brooks or Andrew Lloyd Webber give a flying monkeys.
Here’s Renee Zellwegger and Oscar winning Catherine Zeta-Jones with Chicago’s finale Nowadays.
Speaking of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the much anticipated and extremely disappointing search to find Jesus aired in July, although why they bothered is anyone’s guess as the transparent manipulation in favour of the Lord’s favourite was clear for all to see. I really liked Ben Forster but the constant over effusive praise and apparent deafness to any below par performance worked against him in my books and I was rooting for David Hunter, who I am positive has a very bright future ahead of him. Here is the fabulous Mr Hunter with his unique take on You’ve Got The Love.
Putting my pathetic concerns to one side, this month’s poll is to find your favourite winner of all of the Lloyd Webber talent searches, that’s Connie Fisher (Maria), Lee Mead (Joseph), Jodie Prenger (Nancy), Danielle Hope (Dorothy) and Ben Forster (Jesus). Previous winners and many of the also-rans are achieving great success in the West End and further afield so good luck to Ben, David and all the other Jesus finalists.
Here's third placed Nancy, Samantha Barks, soon to be seen as Eponine in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables, with On My Own.