18 JULY 2007

The leading lights of stage and screen turned out to see a new showbiz star born on Tuesday as Lee Mead gave his first West End performance as the lead in hit musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The handsome 26-year-old from Essex, who won the coveted role through BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, earned a standing ovation from an audience that included David Walliams and previous Josephs Jason Donovan and Stephen Gately.

Despite a brief technical hitch with a revolving stage, the evening proved a great success. At the end, a euphoric Lee was joined on stage by other contestants from Any Dream Will Do as well as the musical's creators Lord Lloyd-Webber and Sir Tim Rice. The celebrations continued into the night as the cast and celebrity audience kicked up their heels at a party held in London hotspot Cirque.

Theatre impresario and show judge Bill Kenwright was accompanied by his long-term partner, Judge John Deed actress Jenny Seagrove, who has appeared in many of his stage productions. Former EastEnder and mum-of-one Lucy Benjamin, meanwhile, was also enjoying an evening out with oil businessman Richard Taggart whom she married in April last year.

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The talented 26-year-old, who had already appeared in a touring production of the musical as Pharaoh, wowed critics and the star-studded audience with his performance as Jospeh Photo: © Getty ImagesClick on photos for gallery
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Any Dream Will Do judge Bill was on hand to show support, along with his actress partner Jenny Photo: © Getty Images