Just days before Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest reality TV venture Any Dream Will Do begins airing on BBC One (See Today’s News), his “people’s Maria” from last year’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? has been ‘outed’ in the tabloid press. According to an article in today’s Daily Mail entitled “Connie’s theatre is alive with the Sound of Karaoke”, Connie Fisher has resorted to using a backing track to ensure she hits the high notes in The Sound of Music of the London Palladium. A ‘theatre insider’ says the star, who won Newcomer prizes in both the Critics’ Circle and Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards this year, is effectively “just miming” after damage to her vocal cords which forced her to miss a fortnight’s performances earlier this month. After announcing when she won the role that she was determined to perform all eight shows a week – prompting the already privately cast alternate, West End veteran Emma Williams, to withdraw from the production (See News, 22 Sep 2006) - Fisher has now officially reduced her schedule to just six a week. Fisher’s former Problem competitor Aoife Mulholland joining her as an alternate Maria, appearing on Monday evenings and Wednesday matinees (See News, 20 Mar 2007). Though admitting that a recording is now being employed in The Sound of Music, a show spokesperson denied that Fisher is lip-synching her lyrics. “She is still singing,” he told the Daily Mail. “The click track simply augments her sound for the audience.”