The finals of the eighth Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year Competition took place on 18 May at the Garrick Theatre.
The competition was won by 20-year-old Corrine Priest. The London School of Musical Theatre student performed Sondheim’s ‘Don’t Laugh’ from musical Hotspot. Priest was presented with her prize by patron of the Stephen Sondheim Society, Julia McKenzie. Callum Mcintyre, from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, was this year’s runner up. The 23-year-old performed ‘Buddy’s Blues’ from Follies.
The Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize was also presented as part of the competition. Twelve new musical songs competed for the top prize, which was won by Tamar Broadbent. The 26-year-old had two of her songs in the finals: ‘The Procrastination Song’ and ‘Library Boy’. Both prize-winners were presented with £1,000.
Judges for this year’s competition included Julia McKenzie, director and choreographer Jonathan Butterell, musical director Nigel Lilley, director David Lan and writer Edward Seckerson. The best new song prize was judged by singer songwriter Scott Alan, composer Andrew Lippa and, the award’s namesakes, composer/lyricists George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.