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Susanna talks to Lord Lloyd-Webber
Could Susanna be the new Maria? Well, perhaps not
How do you solve a problem like Maria? It may sound a bit of a cryptic question.

But if you tune into BBC One on Saturday night, at 6.50pm, then Graham Norton will be able to help you solve the puzzle.

That's because the new BBC programme is following theatre impresario Lord Lloyd-Webber as he sets out to find an actress to play Maria in the stage version of The Sound of Music.

Breakfast's Susanna Reid went to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber and found out how the auditions are going

  • Watch our extended interview here on the Breakfast website

    The BBC Trailer for Saturday's programme
    The wannabe Marias will slug it out on Saturday night

    The auditions are now well under way, and Andrew Lloyd Webber is putting together his shortlist, determined that the part will go to a virtual unknown actress.

    The public will ultimately decide, by voting in the Saturday night programme, who will land the stage role of Maria, which opens in November at the London Palladium.

    And Andrew Lloyd Webber's verdict on Susannah? She'd need two years' tuition, apparently.

  • How do you Solve a Problem Like Maria? BBC One, Saturday evenings



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    In search of Maria
    An extended version of Susanna Reid's interview with Lord Lloyd Webber



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