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SSSSPOTY 2024

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Venue: Sondheim Theatre

Date: 9 June, 3pm

Host: Bonnie Langford

MD: Nigel Lilley; Assistant MD: John Haslam

Director: Hannah Chissick

Prize-giving: Jenna Russell

Chair of the Judges: Edward Seckerson

Judges: Fra Fee, Callum Scott Howells, Jak Malone, Alex Parker, Jenna Russell

The Society is thriled to confirm that the 16th annual SSSSPOTY competition will be staged once again in London's West End in the Sondheim Theatre... and be hosted by none other than Sondheim's Old Friends star Bonnie Langford!

Bonnie stole the show at the Society's gala in honour of Steve's birthday at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Hey, Old Friends! - and we're honoued to have her back as host of SSSSPOTY, our jewel in the crown.

Bonnie will introduce 12 of the UK's finest students of drama/musical theatre, who will compete on a West End stage to be crowned The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year. We'll be back in the Sondheim Theatre with a panel of esteemed judges, led by Chair of the Judges Edward Seckerson, and putting the finalists through their paces from the piano will be Musical Director Nigel Lilley (The Witches, Next to Normal, The Band's Visit and Sondheim credits including Follies and Company).

Tickets are ON SALE NOW, with exclusive discount for Sondheim Society members. If you're not a member, then sign up now to benefit from the 20% discount!

So, get the date in your diary and get booking: 3pm on Sunday 9th June 2024. See you there!

Finalists

Holly Adams (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
Brooke Bazarian (LAMDA)
Oliver Halford (Emil Dale Academy)
Harrison Langham (Arts Ed)
Katie Leach (LAMDA)
Madeleine Morgan (Royal Academy of Music)
Rowen Newsome (Brighton Academy)
Tumi Olufawo (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School)
Thomas Oxley (Italia Conti)
Daisy Pearson (Rose Bruford College)
Gavin Rasmussen (LAMDA)
Josh Rosewood (Mountview)


The winner will receive a £1,000 first prize, and the chance to headline their own Sondheim-infused cabaret in London. The runner-up is also awarded £500.

Reserves – Jacob Dolan Holmes and Noah Thallon (both Mountview).

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Bonnie Langford

Bonnie has packed a wealth of experience in her outstanding career which has embraced success in theatre, television, film and radio in both Britain and America.

Most recently, Bonnie starred in Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End. She also, returned to her role of the doctors assistant, Melanie Bush in Doctor Who on BBCTV and Disney Plus worldwide.

West End theatre includes: Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre; Roz Keith in 9 to 5, The Musical (Savoy Theatre); Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and filmed for DVD and cinema release in the UK and Ireland, across America and streamed on Broadway HD and PBS America); Rumpleteaser in the Original London cast of Cats (The Gillian Lynne Theatre); Mabel and Kate in The Pirates Of Penzance (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and London Palladium); Peter in Peter Pan - The Musical (Aldwych Theatre); Sally in Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre); Charity in Sweet Charity (Victoria Palace Theatre); The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (Harold Pinter Theatre and Playhouse Theatre); Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre) and Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre, Cambridge Theatre and on Broadway).

She made her theatre debut in the West End at the tender age of seven in Gone with the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The following year she played ‘Baby June’ in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury at the Piccadilly Theatre, making such an impact that the producers took her to America with the show for a highly successful run on Broadway. For this performance, at the age of ten, Bonnie was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

UK tours include: 42nd Street; Charlie Girl; Oklahoma!; Guys and Dolls; Fosse; Spamalot; 9 to 5, The Musical; Anything Goes and numerous Royal Variety Performances and Royal Galas.

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