The Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Competition 2015 and the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Award were held on the 17th May. Hosted by Michael Xavier and with a special performance by Elaine Paige the prizes were presented by Julia McKenzie.
To mark its third year on air at Resonance 104.4fm, and to celebrate the Olivier Awards 2015, The Curtain Up Show broadcast live from The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue on 10th April .
In front of an invited audience of industry professionals and theatre fans, Tim McArthur was chatting to some of this year’s nominees, and finding out what this prestigious honour means to them, just two days before the big event!
Olivier nominated performers included Ian McIntosh and Lorna Want from Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, Haydn Gwynne from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre, along with fellow cast member Willemijn Verkaik, Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada from Miss Saigon and Stephen Ashfield from The Book of Mormon.
Leading theatre critics Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock, who this year launched the Also Recognised Awards via MyTheatreMates.com, shared their predictions for this year’s Olivier Awards.
A photoshoot for ‘Rise Like an Eagle’ Paul Emelion Daly’s new play at Above the Stag in Vauxhall.
The heats for the 9th Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (SSSSPOTY) were held on 15th March at the Royal Academy of Music. Some 72 students auditioned for the judges Ed Seckerson and Stephen Ridley, who had a really difficult job selecting the finalists. Accompaniment was provided by Jan Winstone apart from those students who brought their own pianists.
Many colleges ran their own internal Sondheim competitions to decide who was going to represent them at the heats and once again the standard was very high.