Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Joseph Met Maria

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Joseph Met Maria

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THIS time last year, Lee Mead was working hard as a chorus member in theatreland and looking for his next career move.

Never in his wildest dreams did he think a mere 12 months later he'd be capping off such a triumphant 2007 with a TV special, having already won a starring role in a West End musical and released an album.

"It's been incredible," says Lee, smiling.

"Starring in Joseph in the West End was a dream in itself, but I got offered a record deal about two weeks after winning the part.

"I've also opened Children In Need, done loads of photoshoots, and I got to sing with Jason Donovan and Donny Osmond in front of 70,000 people at the Concert For Diana concert. It's all been an amazing experience."

Lee's rise to fame has been well-documented, making the leap from ensemble player to leading man via the BBC's talent show Any Dream Will Do earlier this year.

Since finding himself in the starring role, Lee has been kept busy with eight performances of Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat a week.

Those not lucky enough to have made it down to London's Adelphi Theatre to see Mead in action should make sure they tune in to the Joseph Christmas special.

It will see the Essex-born star reunited with some of the best-loved Josephs from the programme to perform a medley of musical favourites.

Connie Fisher - who beat off thousands of rivals to win How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? last year and ultimately a leading West End role herself in The Sound Of Music - will also appear, along with a handful of those who nearly made it.

In a TV one-off, Lee and Connie will sing a duet from Phantom Of The Opera, while Andrew Lloyd Webber (the brains behind the whole thing) is rumoured to be performing too, as are judges John Barrowman and Denise Van Outen.

"It's going to be a very special evening," says Lee. "I'm really looking forward to singing with Connie. We've only met a couple of times, but she's a lovely girl. …

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