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14 November 2013

The Sound of Musicals: Episode 2 (Tuesday 19th November)

This episode follows producers at both ends of the spectrum as they try to do all that it takes to create their own sell-out shows.

Super-producer Cameron Mackintosh is staging the latest revival of circus spectacular musical Barnum, while first-time producer Amy Anzel is trying to raise funds and find the cast for her fledgling production of Happy Days: A New Musical.

There is no magic formula to create the perfect musical, although star names help, and Amy thinks she's got one when Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood agrees to be her director.



Also hoping to carve a niche for himself in a hit show is 21-year-old performer Dickie Wood. He's fresh from stage school and has landed his first job in Mamma Mia!, the worldwide hit musical in its 15th year. Dickie has a lot to learn in just five weeks before his West End debut; not just the steps and the notes but the haircut, the convincing Greek tan and the sparkling smile.

With time, money and reputation at stake, Cameron, Amy and Dickie have their work cut out. And in the West End the drama's not just on the stage.

An unprecedented look behind the scenes of the cut-throat world of West End musicals. The Sound of Musicals: Episode 2, Tues (19th Nov) on Channel 4 at 9pm. Catch up on 4OD

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