The winner of a TV talent show is to take the lead in a West End musical.
Matthew Goodgame, a winner of Channel 4 show Musicality, will take the lead as Danny in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre from 27 September.
In 2004 Goodgame beat over 2000 musical hopefuls on Musicality, a talent show that aimed to find a new generation of musicals stars. Alongside four other winners, Goodgame won the chance to star in a special one-off performance of Chicago in the West End.
The former primary school teacher has gone on to forge a professional career in musical theatre, with recent roles including Father Ralph de Bricassart in a new musical based on The Thorn Birds, Munkustrap in the German tour of Cats and currently playing Kennickie in Grease.
He will star in Grease opposite Over the Rainbow finalist Lauren Samuels, who joined the cast in July playing Sandy. Noel Sullivan continues in the role of Danny until 25 September 2010.
The hit show will end its run at the Piccadilly Theatre next Spring, on 30 April 2011, before embarking on a UK tour. The show first opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on 25 July 2007 and is the longest running show in the venue’s history, having played over 1,300 performances and been seen by over 1.25 million people.
The cast of Grease also includes Siubhan Harrison, Lucas Rush, Hayley Gallivan, Faye Brookes, Bennett Andrews, Robyn Mellor, Michael Vinsen, Susannah Allman, Kerry Winter, Stephanie Powell, Jason Capewell, Jamie Capewell and Giovanni Spano.
Following the closure of Grease, new show Ghost The Musical will open at the Piccadilly Theatre directed by Matthew Warchus and with music and lyrics by the Eurythmics Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.