The Ivor Novello Award was first presented by The Songwriters Guild, later to become BASCA, in 1955. The award is a tribute to Ivor Novello, one of the most distinguished and sucessful theatrical composers of his time. The statuette is based on a representation of Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyric poetry, and was designed by Hazel Underwood in 1955. To this day the figure is still cast in solid bronze and weighs 7lbs 2½ozs.
Jesus Christ Superstar opened in New York on 12th October, 1971 and in London on 9th August, 1972. By 1980 and with a total of 3,358 performances, it had become the longest running musical in the history of the West End. Such was its success, that in 1996, it re-opened at the Lyceum Theatre. It still remains the fifth longest running musical in West End history.