Since the early days of the Award, Underwood and Brown have longed to encourage links between the UK musical writing scene and that of the US.

Writers in both territories have so much in common yet so much to learn from each other.

So a further aim of the new S&S will be to mount co-productions with off-Broadway companies and exciting things are in the pipeline regarding these great new relationships.

We are, in fact, thrilled to announce that Kent Nicholson, the doyen of American new musical theatre writing, is joining the team as producer.