‘Gavin & Stacey’ star Joanna Page has slammed Andrew Lloyd Webber's ITV talent show 'Superstar', saying that it is insulting to professional theatre actors.
The actress made the comments while talking to industry title The Stage, and took the veteran producer to task for his latest search for a lead in a new touring production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.
“There are actors and musical theatre performers who have given their whole lives to the profession because it is their passion, and then you have some bl**dy van driver on a show [like ‘Superstar’] saying ‘I didn’t do this when I was 12 but I wish I had done, but I didn’t have the guts’,” she said.
“Well, that’s your problem, because you obviously didn’t have the passion, spirit, drive, and the determination, to dedicate your whole life to it.”
She added that she thinks some of his comments on the show have disrespected other actors he has worked with.
“Think about Ramin [Karimloo]. He was in a rock band and he is amazing. He would even look like Jesus.
“But you have Andrew Lloyd Webber saying about a U2 song Rory [Taylor] sang - which was performed with no facial expression because he’s dead in the eyes - that he did not know any musical theatre star who could sing like that. What about Ramin? He just played the Phantom for you. How insulting. It’s disgusting.”
‘Superstar’ found its new Jesus in Ben Forster during Wednesday night’s final.
Former actor and singer turned property developer Forster was voted winner over runner-up Rory. He was also the bookie's favourite to take the title. [The Stage]
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