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19 November 2013

The Sound of Musicals: Episode 3 (Tuesday 26th November)

This episode puts casting in the spotlight. In the last 10 years, reality TV shows have changed the landscape of the West End and demand for recognisable faces is huge.

Casualty and Strictly Come Dancing star Tom Chambers has been pulling in the crowds at Top Hat but is coming to the end of his contract. Producer Kenny Wax is looking for a classic 'triple threat': a performer who can act, sing and dance, to fill Tom's tap shoes, but they aren't easy to find.



Kenny has to go to Broadway to find his leads Gavin Lee and Kristen Beth Williams. They only have six weeks to learn the complicated choreography and iconic songs before Kenny relaunches the show at a glittering press night.

Across town, producer David Ian hopes his new show The Bodyguard will pull in the crowds. A few months after the death of Whitney Houston, the West End is watching to see if he can find a star capable of singing the Whitney Houston songbook.

Can Grammy and Tony award winning star Heather Headley take the strain? She describes the role as running a marathon every night, for a year.

After losing Craig Revel Horwood, novice producer Amy Anzel has found a new director and is now searching for a well-known name to pull in the crowds as the Fonz in Happy Days: A New Musical.

Amy's now personally liable for theatre costs running to hundreds of thousands of pounds, so the pressure to find the right leading man is greater than ever.

Back at Top Hat, Kenny's press night has finally arrived, but hours before the show a phone call from his leading man threatens everything.

An unprecedented look behind the scenes of the cut-throat world of West End musicals. The Sound of Musicals: Episode 3, Tues (26th Nov) on Channel 4 at 9pm. Catch up on 4OD

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