Songs from musicals that were highly commended by the judges will be performed by West End actors Leigh Zimmerman, Caroline Sheen, David Bedella, Hannah Jane Fox, Nigel Richards and Tony-winning veteran Elizabeth Seal, as well as singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert.
The winner of this year's S&S Award, initiated by book writer and lyricist Warner Brown in memory of his hotelier parents Sidney and Sylvia Brown (S&S), is Forest Boy by Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour, recent graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
On Sept. 2, 20011, a boy appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest with his father for the past five years. Based on a true story that captured the whole world, Forest Boy is described in press materials as a tale of lies, growing up and, above all, imagination.
The S&S Award is designed to help a new writing team in the most practical way possible, by giving the winners the unique opportunity to work with a mentor to further develop their musical over the coming year.
As well as the winning entry, highly commended were Tim Connor and Susannah Pearse's The Stationmaster, Andrew Brided's Counselling Mr. Toad, Teresa Howard and Stephen Edis' Possessed and Mark Carroll's The Attic, with Jennifer Toksvig and Aelxander Rudd's The Queen of Snow and Morgan Mackintosh, Orlando Simon and Michael Palaiologou's Between Empires cited as further runner-ups.
The award celebrates and honors new, unproduced musicals and is judged by a panel of industry luminaries. It is facilitated by Mercury Musical Developments (MMD), a registered charity dedicated to the craft of writing book, music and lyrics for the musical theatre.
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