BUENOS AIRES — Broadway musicals are the latest realm of the TV talent contest in Argentina.
Legit helmers Pepe Cibrian Campoy and Angel Mahler are prepping a fly-on-the-wall program about the making of a musical comedy, tapping a surge in interest in live tuners.
This week, the directors are scouting for 60 18- to 55-year-old wannabe actors, dancers and singers for “Aqui podemos hacerlo” (Here We Can Do It), a 26-episode program about the casting, production and rehearsal of a musical, penned by the directors.
“Here” will air in April on pubcaster Canal 7, in a 10 p.m. slot on Wednesdays.
A cast of 25 will appear in the musical to bow in September at an undisclosed theater on Corrientes, the Broadway of Buenos Aires.
Thesps including Florencia Pena — star of Argentina’s adaptation of “Bewitched” — Enrique Pinto, Carmen Barbieri, Antonio Gasalla and Juan Rodo will help the less-experienced talent in “Here.”
Musicals have seen a revival in Argentina, with “The Producers,” “Sweet Charity,” “Victor Victoria” enjoying strong runs. “Dracula” is on stage and “Cabaret” and others are in the pipeline.
“Here” isn’t alone. Buena Vista Intl. Television Latin America and Argentine producer Pol-ka are prepping a weekly contest to find thesps for a local version of Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” that will air on second-ranked Artear-Canal 13.