SSSSPOTY 2022
Sondheim at the Sondheim

Jenna Russell to host the 14 annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year award

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition – affectionately known as SSSSPOTY – makes a glittering return to the West End for its 14th year. The gala final of this year’s competition – the first since the passing of Mr Sondheim – will be held, fittingly, in the Sondheim Theatre, on the evening of 30 May 2022.

The final will be hosted by the Olivier-Award-winning Jenna Russell!

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More than 300 submissions were received, and the final 12, plus 3 reserves, were selected by critic and broadcaster Edward Seckerson (Chair of the Judges) and Musical Director Nigel Lilley (Follies, National Theatre; Fun Home, Young Vic).

The 12 finalists are:

 

Caitlyn Allen – Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd)

Rithvik Andugula – London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

Annabelle Aquino – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Tommy Bell – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Joe Boyle – Mountview

Desmonda Cathabel – Royal Academy of Music

Ed Cooke – East 15 Acting School

Cassius Hackforth – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Izzy Mackie – Royal Academy of Music

Callum Martin – Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre

Jade Oswald – Royal Academy of Music

Ella Shepherd – Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre

Three reserves have also been selected:

Izi Maxwell – Mountview

Mackenzie Larsen – London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

Tom Watson – Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre

The competition has an impressive track record for identifying young talent. Finalists have included Cynthia Erivo, Oscar Conlon-Morrey and Shaq Taylor, and winners include Alex Young, Taron Egerton, Turlough Convery, Erin Doherty and, most recently, Stuart Thompson (Most Promising Newcomer, Critics Circle Theatre Awards, for Spring Awakening at the Almeida), who will reprise his winning “Franklin Shepard Inc.” at the 2022 Gala Final.

The Society is thrilled that Jenna Russell will be hosting the Final. The Olivier-Award-winner, whose Sondheim credentials include Young Sally in the original London cast of Follies, Cinderella in Into The Woods at the Donmar Warehouse, the Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods at Regent’s Park and Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at the Wyndham’s Theatre (Olivier Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical) and in the Roundabout Theatre Company transfer to Studio 54 on Broadway (Tony Award nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical).

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