The Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize 2023 has announced the finalists for the competition.
The winners will be announced on 13 November 2023 at The Other Palace in London, with a stellar line-up of West End talent promised to showcase the 12 finalists.
The annual prize, now in its 16th year, is produced by Mercury Musical Developments and recognises achievement in musical theatre songwriting, and celebrates the talents of composers and lyricists from around the UK.
The prize was established and is overseen by award-winning musicals duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins, Identical, Honk!),
The finalists were selected from 177 submissions.
Last year’s winners were Flora Leo, who wrote “One Last Request” from her musical The Most Beautiful Suicide, performed by Chelsea Halfpenny.
Stiles + Drewe Best New Song 2023 – Finalists
‘Ain’t That So’ from T-Room…The Musical by Rosabella Gregory & Dina Gregory
‘Before I Move On’ from Bricks by Michael Henry, Emma Dennis Edwards & Darren Clarke
‘Bio’ from Queerway by Geraint Owen
‘Drown Without Water’ from The Circle by Rachel Walker Mason & Nina Sundstrom
‘Height Lines’ from The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Jordan Li-Smith, based on the novel by Lara Williamson
‘Henry’ from Undertaking Betty by Richy Hughes & Luke Bateman
‘In This Moment’ from Flip by Giles Fernando & Josh Bird
‘Stay’ from Stay by Jonathan O’Neill & Isaac Savage
‘Talent’ from In Clay by Rebecca Simmonds & Jack Miles
‘The Botanical Garden Gate’ from Game Theory by Rachel Bellman & Josh Bird
‘Time Slows Down’ from Black Holes Like Donuts by Sam Norman & Eliza Randall
‘Unstoppable’ from The Unstoppable Letty Pegg by Helen Arney & James Hughes