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Finalists unveiled for Nancy role
The 12 finalists for I'd Do Anything
The finalists will be battling it out for the role of Nancy in Oliver!
The group of 12 finalists for the BBC's musical talent show I'd Do Anything have been unveiled.

They include an agony aunt, an avid Paul Daniels fan and a former Welsh soap actress.

The contestants will battle it out for the role of Nancy in a new West End production of Oliver!

They will face the public vote in a show hosted by Graham Norton on BBC One. Three young boys will also be chosen to play orphaned urchin Oliver.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Cameron Mackintosh will join a panel of judges in making a decision on which boys will get to play the part of Oliver over different nights.

The final line-up of Nancy hopefuls, whose ages range from 17 to 28, include trained actresses and singers, as well as novice stage performers.

Oliver! first reached the London stage in 1960 and became a musical movie in 1968, starring Oliver Reed as Bill Sikes. It went on to win five Oscars.

Previous television talent shows have seen Lord Lloyd Webber find a new Maria - Connie Fisher - for a production of The Sound of Music and an actor - Lee Mead - to play the title role in a new production of the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical.



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