CONGRATULATIONS to Toby Turley from Street – he has won the contest to find a new Sky for the 25th anniversary production of Mama Mia in London’s West End.
Tobias won the public vote on Sunday 10th December, and will take over the role from 29th January 2024.
The show, I Have a Dream, was filmed on Corfu and has been airing on Sunday evenings since 22nd October, when 14 finalists from “thousands” of original entrants headed off to the sun to compete against each other and benefit from the advice and guidance professional voice coaches, choreographers and directors, and from the celebrity judges who have monitoring and analysing their weekly performances.
I’d Do Anything Oliver! talent show veteran and West End star Samantha Barks joined comedian and actor Alan Carr and music theatre professionals Amber Riley and Jessie Ware to judge every week, and Zoe Ball kept all the contestants positive and happy. It’s been a roller-coaster ride for the young hopefuls, and now, with ten of them sent home, the final vote is down to the public. On Sunday you have your chance to vote between Stevie Doc and Esme Bowdler to play Sophie, and Toby Turley and Owen Johnston for the role of her fiance/husband.
Many local theatregoers and music lovers will have seen 22-year-old-Toby on stage in and around Street, where his father Phil is also well known for powerful and subtle characterisations in many plays over the years.
Toby started dancing with the South West School of Dance as a young boy, and all that practice and experience have stood him in good stead for the rigours of a TV talent show.
At the age of 16, he played the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk at Strode Theatre (pictured right), and, since graduating from Guildford School of Acting two years ago, he has been in other big shows including an international production of Heathers – the Musical and West Side Story.
So watch out on Sunday when he takes to the stage of the Novello Theatre, and another of Somerset’s multi-talented performers could be hitting the headlines at the start of a starry career.