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In tonight’s Olivier Awards, Merrily We Roll Along has garnered Best Sound Design  for Gareth Owen and Best Revival of a Musical. Congratulations to everyone.

Accolade for Sweeney Todd

The original Broadway cast recording of Sweeney Todd has been selected as one of 25 items to be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Upon the addition of these 25 items, this Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler masterpiece will be one of only 400 recordings in the world noted by the Library “as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.”

Here is the Press Release about SSSSPOTY from Deborah Goodman Publicity STEPHEN SONDHEIM (SSSSPOTY) PRESS RELEASE FINAL Members will already have received details of how to book tickets at discounted rates. Public booking is now open at http://www.nimaxtheatres.com/garrick-theatre/sondheim_society_student_performer_best_song_prize

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The Stephen Sondheim Society’s popular series of informal concerts at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge continue on Sunday 27th April at 6.00pm with An Evening With The Sondheim Society and Matthew Crowe. The show will be a satisfying blend of Sondheim, Porter and Coward, all accompanied by Matthew himself on the piano or ukulele. Matthew will bring with him some special guests, including the 2010 winner of the Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year competition, Alex Young (currently appearing in the X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing). Matthew trained at the Royal Academy of Music, after studying music at Durham University. His recent credits include The World Goes Round at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Bride in Titanic at the Southwark Playhouse, Spread A Little Happiness at the Salisbury Playhouse and The Lincoln Centre’s South Pacific (UK No 1 Tour). Tickets are priced £15 (£12.50 for Society members) and [...]

On Sunday we spent a very long, exhausting but exhilarating day at The Royal Academy of Music where 74 students competed for the chance to participate in this year’s SSSSPOTY competition, to be held at The Garrick Theatre on Sunday May 18th at 3.00 pm. This year has seen the largest number of entries ever for SSSSPOTY;  with such a large and talented pool of students it was a tough choice for the judges to make. Our thanks go to Edward Seckerson and Mark Etherington for their hard work and dedication. The finalists are Student name College Name Hugo Catton Guildford School of Acting Luke Francis East 15 Acting School, University of Essex Hayley Hampson Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Stephanie Lysé Royal Academy of Music Nicola Martinus-Smith CPA Studios Callum McIntyre Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Sam O’Hanlon Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Corrine Priest London School of Musical Theatre [...]

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To mark their join birthdays last Saturday, Playbill has come up with a novel thought. What if SS and ALW had collaborated on shows? They might have written: A Little Night Opera A series of interwoven love affairs occur during one eventful weekend backstage at the Paris Opera. Amongst the lovers are aging opera diva Christine Armfeldt, and her disfigured former beau Erik Egerman. Anyone Can Sing and Dance In act one, nurse Emma Apple moves to New York to start a new life at the local asylum. In act two, told entirely through dance, Nurse Apple’s lovers uncovers a hoax being perpetrated by the corrupt mayor. Aspects of Frogs Dionysus, in despair about the state of the world, travels to Hades to retrieve George Bernard Shaw, where he discovers that Shaw and Shakespeare have been involved in a romantic entanglement with his deceased wife Ariadne. Follies Express A group [...]

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On behalf of the Trustees and Members of The Stephen Sondheim Society we wish Stephen Sondheim a very happy 84th birthday today.

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