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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

by Lynne

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


Members will already have received details of how to book tickets at discounted rates. Public booking is now open at

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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 are available direct from the Leicester Square Theatre ( or phone the box office on 08448 733433

Watch out, too, for news of more informal concerts in the series, coming soon!



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
Katie Shearman
ArtsEd, London
Tyler Smith
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Musical Theatre)
Jay Worley
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Monique Young
ArtsEd, London
Molly Lynch (Reserve)
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA)
David Breeds (Reserve)
CPA Studios

We hope that everyone will come along and support them at the final on Sunday May 18th at 3.00 pm at The Garrick Theatre where they will be singing not only a Sondheim song but also a new piece of writing by one of the members of Mercury Musical Development (MMD).

Watch this space for news of when tickets go on sale and how to book.

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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 of retired trains reunite one final time before Penn Station is torn down.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Argentina
Ché schemes to win freedom from enslavement by helping general Juan Perón win the love of Eva Duarte, who is betrothed to singer Agustín Magaldi

Madame Rose Superstar
A rock opera depicting the life of Rose Hovick, as seen through the eyes of her daughter Gypsy Rose Lee.

Merrily Jeeves Rolls Along
The story of how butler Jeeves is driven to madness by his employer Bertie Wooster. The musical unfolds backwards, beginning with Wooster’s drunken toast to Jeeves at his retirement party.

Passion Boulevard
A young writer has a passionate affair with the beautiful, married Clara Schaefer, until he is sent to an old mansion in Hollywood, where he is seduced by sickly former movie star Fosca Desmond.

Sunday in the Park With Cats
A chronicle of the lives of painter Georges Seurat and poet T.S. Eliot as they create their respective masterpieces, “Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte” and “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

Sweeney Todd and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
A tailor who was unjustly enslaved by a corrupt Pharaoh returns to Egypt bent on revenge. With the help of Mrs. Lovett, he hatches a revenge plot involving turning Egyptians into matzoh.

You can read the piece and see the programme/Playbill covers at



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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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