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A New Global Competition To Find Musical Stars

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LONDON, Feb. 21 RNewswire-AsiaNet/ -- Young singing talents from around the world are being invited to take part in the first ever BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre, a new competition to find the international musical theatre stars of the future. The UK's most listened to radio station BBC Radio 2 is looking to attract entries from professional and semi-professional singers with the ambition and talent to succeed on a worldwide stage.

20,000 pounds in cash prizes, plus a recording deal and BBC broadcast opportunities are on offer, plus the chance of launching a career into international stardom by performing live to producers, agents and musical theatre lovers from across the globe. The all expenses paid contest will be held in the UK in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff in October 2000, culminating with a Gala Final concert on 28 October to be broadcast to millions of listeners on BBC Radio 2.

Announcing the project, James Moir, Controller BBC Radio 2, says: "We're immensely proud to be launching BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre 2000 it's great news for performers and audiences alike. We look forward to seeing what new talents emerge from this worldwide showcase and urge all stars-in-waiting across the globe to come forward and participate."

Contestants can enter one of three voice categories: Female, Male or Character. From a final shortlist of six, one performer will be chosen to take the title of Voice of Musical Theatre 2000. The judges will be drawn from highly experienced industry professionals including directors, producers, music directors, performers and voice coaches. Competitors must be 18 or over, members of Equity (or equivalent) and fully able to perform in the English language.

The closing date for entries is 28 April 2000. Application forms are available from BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre 2000, Kallaway Limited, 2 Portland Road, London, W11 4LA, United Kingdom, fax: +44 20 7229 4595, email: voicekallaway.co.uk or at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2.

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