At this moment, “Britain’s Got Talent” really has to be thanking their lucky stars for Susan Boyle. Ever since her audition three years ago, the singer with the incredible story has become the one every other act is compared to — whether it be Jonathan Antoine this season or Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. here in the United States.
If there has been one problem with “BGT” over the years, it’s been the inability of stars other than Susan (and, to a lesser extent in America, Paul Potts) to really pay it forward and keep themselves in the public eye. Therefore, Simon Cowell and company has to be excited over the success of the new “I Dreamed a Dream” musical in Newcastle. Not only has the show — starring Elaine C. Smith as Boyle and chronicling her life leading up to her big moment on TV — played to packed houses, but it also has received warm praise from the oft-critical British press. From an inspirational standpoint, the show serves as a well to tell its audience that even the most distant of dreams can come true, and from a business standpoint it helps “BGT” viewers forget that their recent winners (even dance troupe Diversity, who defeated Boyle) have failed to draw much attention internationally since their victory.
“Dream” is set to continue playing in Newcastle until March 31, and will then tour throughout the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland. As soon as we know more about international plans, we’ll let you know — but wouldn’t American audiences like to have some of the “Dream” here, too?
As for “BGT,” a new episode is set to air Saturday night on ITV.
(Note: Just in case you would like to watch Susan’s audition again — and you should, since it never really gets old — all you have to do is head on over to this link.)