Olivier award winners Nigel Harman and David Bedella are taking leading roles in this year’s glittering S&S Award Gala at St James Theatre on November 23.
The S&S Award is an annual celebration of new musical theatre and is given to the best new unproduced musical of the year as judged by a panel of distinguished producers, actors, directors and musicians.
A cast of West End performers will present extracts from the winning show, Stay Awake, Jake by Tim Gilvin, and from two highly-commended shows, Jabberwocky by Rebecca Applin and Susannah Pearse, and Van Winkle – A Folk Musical by Caroline Wigmore.
The evening, noted for attracting a celebrity theatre audience, will be hosted by David Bedella, and will culminate in the presentation of The S&S Award 2014 by Nigel Harman.
Norman Bowman, who will play the title role in Stay Awake Jake, has recently returned from New York, where he appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s epic production of Macbeth.
Julie Atherton originated the role of Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q and made her West End debut in he lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia!
The West End company of performers also includes: Sabrina Aloueche (Les Miserables, We Will Rock You), Sarah Earnshaw (Spamalot, Wicked), Sandy Grigelis (Carnaby Street, West End Heroes), Jennifer Hepburn (Taboo, Les Miserables), Hannah Jarrett-Scott (Midsummer Songs, Girl Meets Boy), Aidan Kelly (National’s Treasure Island, Once), Katrina Kleve (Once, Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Matt Rutherford (Love Beyond, The Hired Man), Victoria Serra (Love Story, Mamma Mia), Jos Slovick (Once, The Snow Queen), Vicki Lee Taylor (Urinetown, A Chorus Line), and Matt Wycliffe (The Commitments, Jersey Boys). Artists are subject to availability.
The S&S Award is also linking up with Leicester Curve Theatre to be the ‘host venue’ for the winning show’s developmental programme.
Curve, under new artistic director Nikolai Foster, has declared its intention to be ‘the British home of new musical theatre writing’.
The S&S Award Gala is a unique opportunity to be in at the beginning of brand new British musicals performed by the West End’s finest.