Canadian Reality Show Judge Charged with Assault

Police say a judge on a Canadian reality show that selected the female lead for a production of "The Sound of Music" has been charged with assault and forcible confinement.

Toronto police confirmed Tuesday that conductor and musical director Simon Lee, 46, was arrested on Sunday night at his Toronto hotel.

Police Const. Tony Vella says the arrest was made after a man in his 20s complained he was assaulted in a room and prevented from leaving.

Lee was absent for the final two episodes of the show.

He was personally selected to appear on "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" by theater guru Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lee was conductor or music supervisor for a number of Lloyd Webber productions, including The Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Lee, based in London, has worked with orchestras around the world, including the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Elicia MacKenzie was named winner of the show on Monday night and will play governess Maria von Trapp in an upcoming Toronto stage production, which is to open Oct. 3. Maria Von Trapp is the singing and dancing nun-turned-governess made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation produced its own version of the hit BBC series "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," which garnered the 2007 International Emmy Award for best non-scripted entertainment program.

Each week, contestants performed show tunes in front of a panel of judges that included Lee.

The British version of the show, which aired in 2006, enjoyed incredible popularity and made a star of Connie Fisher, the woman chosen by the public to play Maria in the stage production at the London Palladium.

In the United States, NBC used a similar format on the show "Grease: You're the One That I Want" to cast the lead roles in a Broadway production of the musical "Grease" last year.