"How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" to Debut on BBC America June 7

News   "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" to Debut on BBC America June 7 "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," the reality television program that sought an actress to play Maria in the recent West End revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's The Sound of Music, will make its debut on BBC America June 7.

The BBC series, hosted by Graham Norton, will debut on the American cable network at 10 PM ET; check local listings. "Maria?" will follow the finale of "Any Dream Will Do," which airs 8-10 PM ET; that reality program sought a title player for the London revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. "When legendary musical composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer David Ian were launching a new production of The Sound of Music in London's West End, they decided the best way to finding a leading lady for the iconic role of Maria was to hold a contest to let the British public pick their new star," according to press notes. "In auditions, thousands of potential Marias will be whittled down to just ten finalists who will then perform each week for Andrew Lloyd Webber and a panel of three expert critics - including David Ian, one of the biggest theatre producers in the UK; John Barrowman, 'Torchwood' star and musical theater leading man; and Zoe Tyler, a tough vocal coach. Each week, one singer bows out of competition until only four singers remain for the grand finale. Of the four, only one can be Maria!"

Visit www.bbcamerica.com for more information.

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