The video has been released ahead of this weekend’s virtual concert and ceremony on the 5th July.
In this newly released video, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe discuss the online event as well as featuring clips of West End stars Marisha Wallace, Rebecca Treherne, Tyrone Huntley, Fra Fee and Laura Pitt-Pulford singing some of the finalist songs.
The winner of the 2020 Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize will be announced on Sunday 5th July in an online ceremony, which will also see West End stars singing the finalists songs.
Those performing the 15 finalists songs include: Allyson Ava-Brown (‘Hamilton’), Luke Bayer (‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’), Lizzie Bea (‘Hairspray’, West End), Louise Dearman (‘Wicked’), Fra Fee (‘The Ferryman’), Tyrone Huntley (Olivier Award nominee for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’), Melanie La Barrie (‘& Juliet’), Natalie Paris (Olivier Award nominee for ‘Six the Musical’), Laura Pitt-Pulford (Olivier Award nominee for ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’), Maiya Quansah-Breed (Olivier Award nominee for ‘Six the Musical’), Lauren Samuels (‘Bend It Like Beckham’), Zizi Strallen (Olivier Award nominated for ‘Mary Poppins’), Alex Thomas-Smith (‘Dear Evan Hansen’), Rebecca Trehearn (Olivier Award winner for ‘Showboat’), Marisha Wallace (‘Dreamgirls’).
It will feature musical direction by Steve Ridley (‘The King & I’, ‘An American in Paris’), Mix Engineer Kevin Porée and Video Production by Bartek Podkowa. The Event is in aid of Mercury Musical Developments’ ‘Keep Writing’ Support Fund to help struggling writers.
Talking about the news, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe said: “Together with our fellow judges, to whom we are deeply indebted, we have whittled down this year’s one hundred and sixty seven entries to fifteen finalists – each of which will be performed by a seasoned West End performer in our ‘virtual concert’. With lockdown still inhibiting live theatre performances – which has prevented the normal theatrical presentation of the final songs – we are delighted that Mercury Musical Developments has agreed to take a different approach this year and that Joanne Benjamin and The Entertainment Business have generously co-sponsored the £1,000 cash prize. We hope that technology will be kind to us on the night, and that all our fifteen finalists are heartened, encouraged and happy with the way that their work is to be showcased and celebrated.”
George and Anthony will be joined by guest judges, live on the night, who will help them decide which writing team is awarded the prize – Olivier Award-nominated writers Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss (‘SIX the Musical’), composer and musical director Tim Sutton (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, ‘Warhorse’, UK Tour, ‘Memphis’, West End) , Dan Gillespie-Sells (frontman of The Feeling & composer of ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’), and award-winning composer Cassie Kinoshi (former Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at the Dundee Rep).
The concert will be available to watch via YouTube on Sunday 5 July at 6pm with this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZwKVy63KJw.