Andrew has been familiar to television viewers across the world for many years with appearances on numerous arts programmes, documentaries, chat shows and live events, but more recently he has become a familiar TV face to a much wider audience, through pioneering television-casting for the theatre.
In July 2006, Andrew announced the launch of a groundbreaking new television show – the search for a new musical star. The show, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, looked to cast the iconic role of Maria Von Trapp in a new production of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium. Thousands of hopefuls auditioned for Andrew and a judging panel of West End veterans, and the viewing public watched as they were whittled down to a final ten.
Each Saturday night for six weeks, the ten Marias performed for the panel and the public, as viewers voted to save their favourite Maria. The role eventually went to 23-year-old Connie Fisher, whose debut onstage at the London Palladium earned her great critical acclaim.
The TV show was a phenomenal success, winning an International Emmy in 2007. It also had a positive effect on ticket sales across the West End and attracted nationwide attention to the quality work being staged in London theatres. The format has been exported across the world.
Andrew and the BBC replicated this success in the UK with Any Dream Will Do (2007), I’d Do Anything (2008) and Over The Rainbow (2010).
Andrew’s search for musical theatre talent has also taken him across Europe and into the USA and Canada, and in 2008 he appeared as a mentor on Fox’s hit TV show American Idol.
In January 2009 the BBC asked Andrew to head up a series to create the UK entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. Jade Ewen won the resulting Your Country Needs You and sang ‘It’s My Time’, penned by Andrew and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren in the Eurovision final.
In 2011, Andrew explored his passion for the Pre-Raphaelites in an exclusive ITV1 documentary, aired as part of the ‘Perspectives’ series. The documentary saw Andrew give an intensely personal view of the 19th-century artists who inspired him to amass one of the most distinguished private collections of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world.
2012 sees Andrew move to ITV1 to help the public select which budding rock star will be Jesus in this summer’s broadcast of Superstar. The winner will star in an arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, commencing at London’s O2 Arena.