#searchforatwitterstar, the online talent competition run by the Twitter phenomenon @westendproducer, was brought to the West End stage this July. With hundreds of entries to the talent search via Youtube and Twitter, 10 Finalists - five male and five female - battled it out in a live final to become a potential Leading Lady and Leading Man of the West End, all at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. The winners were Felipe Bejarano and Kara Bayer, with international winner Billy Flood.
The show and contest were so successful that @westendproducer is now aiming to make it a yearly event. Not only that, but the producer also announced via blog that the search will continue on Broadway with "#searchforaBROADWAYtwitterstar".
"I have been talking with a Broadway producer, and we both want to find, and support new talent," @westendproducer wrote today, October 15, 2012.
The rules: "To enter, you need to be based in USA, and send me a link to a video of you singing a musical theatre song. Please title your video with '@westendproducer #sfabts' followed by your name and song title. I will then watch, and over the weeks my judges and i will comment on the entries, and discover our new online 'Broadway Star' - my @broadwayleadingman and @broadwayleadinglady.
"Remember - you have total control. You can sing any musical theatre song, any way you like. Try and make sure the sound quality is good so we can properly judge your voice. Send your video link on twitter to my twitter name - @westendproducer."