After 18 months of performances onstage at London’s Adelphi Theatre, Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead hung up his famous Technicolor Dreamcoat on 10th January 2009.
Lee won the highly coveted title role in the West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after weeks of public voting on BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do. During the programme’s run Lee became an immensely popular candidate and by the time the final was aired he had secured his position as the nation’s favourite and won an army of devoted fans. Many of these turned up for his final performance as Joseph. After the final curtain the audience erupted in with a standing ovation and tumultuous applause as Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared onstage to present Lee with his very own Dreamcoat.
Amidst the loud cheers that were a staple of his Joseph run, Lee thanked Joseph creators Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber – who, having acted as a judge on Any Dream Will Do, told Lee’s many fans, “You voted for him – and you got it spectacularly right.”
Lee passed the Dreamcoat onto Gareth Gates, who stepped into the role of Joseph on 9th February 2009.