British actor SIMON SHEPHERD and opera star LESLEY GARRETT have been cast alongside an as-yet unknown TV talent contest wannabe in SIR Andrew Lloyd Webber's new The Sound Of Music stageshow in London. Shepherd, who played a doctor in Spice Girls movie SPICE WORLD, will play CAPTAIN VON TRAPP in the revival of the RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN musical, which will preview in the West End in November (06). Garrett will play MOTHER ABBESS in the production. The starring role of MARIA will be played by the winner of reality TV show HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA?, who will be announced during the show's finale on Saturday (16SEP06). Unknowns Connie Fisher, SIOBHAN DILLON and HELENA BLACKMAN are the three finalists fighting for the role.