You better clear out your diaries, because Liam Payne is reportedly at the top of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s dream cast wishlist for his reboot of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat on the West End.
The One Direction star, who has stepped away from the spotlight while he has reportedly been learning how to produce his own album, is thought to be the musical maestro’s first choice for the lead role in the 50th anniversary run of the classic show – set to relaunch on the London stage this Christmas.
“Andrew has told those involved that his dream signing is Liam. He thinks he bring so much to the role of Joseph, he’s a natural performer,” a source told The Sun. “There was talk of other pop stars being approached but he wants to keep the bar high and they don’t come much bigger than 1D.”
If the 1D dreamboat steps into the dreamcoat, it won’t be the first time that Lord Webber has recruited a pop star to take centre stage in the show inspired by the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Previous Josephs include Stephen Gately, Donny Osmond, Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Gareth Gates, amongst others.
However Liam has a busy year ahead of him, as he continues working on solo material for his debut album, so it’s unclear whether he would be in a position to accept the role if formally approached about the upcoming production.
A source close to the singer said: “Liam won’t do this, he is focusing on his debut solo album and this is the opposite of something he would do.”
According to his friend Conor Maynard, though, Liam has almost finished work on his first record, but is on the hunt for any last minute tracks.
“I’ve hung out with Liam a lot of times. At the moment I know that he’s working on his solo project and I know he’s looking for songs for his album,” he told Bang Showbiz.
Good things come to those who wait, eh?