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Broadway shows take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge

August 21, 2014 

It seems that Broadway shows are doing their bit for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising effort.

The ALS Association has raised millions of dollars over the last few days with their viral Ice Bucket Challenge — asking people and groups to pour iced water over themselves or donate to the cause.

And Broadway shows have stepped up.

See videos below from the Broadway casts of The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, ONCE and Newsies.

West End Joins In

Also happening today – West End shows are starting to rise to the challenge – with the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane joining in:

Make a donation at ALSA.org.

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The Book of Mormon ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Lion King ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ONCE The Musical ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Newsies ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Book of Mormon: New lead stars join London cast

July 14, 2014 

New leading stars of The Book of Mormon are to join the cast at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London

Hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon is to see new leading cast members this summer.

From 28 July 2014, the cast of the multi-Tony and Olivier Award-winning show includes Billy Harrigan Tighe as Elder Price and A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham.

Billy Harrigan Tighe and A.J. Holmes to join The Book of Mormon

Billy Harrigan Tighe and A.J. Holmes to join The Book of Mormon

Billy Harrigan Tighe has extensive Broadway and US theatre credits including Pippin, Wicked, La Cage Aux Folles, Hairspray, Happy Days, Footloose and Dreamgirls.

A. J. Holmes has played Elder Cunningham in all three North American companies of The Book of Mormon, with other stage credits including Young Frankenstein Next To Normal.

The London production of The Book of Mormon won four Olivier Awards in 2014 including Best New Musical and remains one of London’s hottest shows.

The Book of Mormon is written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The show is directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker.

The full cast of the London production of The Book of Mormon continues to include Alexia Khadime, Stephen Ashfield, Kevin Harvey, Hugo Harold Harrison, and Chris Jarman with Mark Anderson, Benjamin Brook, Daniel Clift, Christopher Copeland, Ashley Day, Keisha T Fraser, Patrick George, Nadine Higgin, Evan James, Aisha Jawando, Michael Kent, Sia Kiwa, Joshua Liburd, Daniel MacKinlay, David McMullan, Felix Mosse, Tanya Nicole-Edwards, Terel Nugent, David O’Reilly, Lucy St. Louis, Ashley Samuels, Rhys Taylor, Kayi Ushe, Michael Vinsen and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.

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The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London

July 4, 2014 

London’s hottest ticket and funniest show – don’t miss The Book of Mormon!

The Tony Award and Olivier Award winning show. ★★★★★ “Hilarious” (Sunday Telegraph)

With 9 Tony Awards and 4 Olivier Awards to its name,  and the New York Times proclaiming it “the best musical of this century”, The Book of Mormon is one of the must-see shows in London.

Running at the Prince of Wales Theatre, The Book of Mormon is the smash-hit musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone plus Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, and follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from Salt Lake City.

The London production won four Olivier Awards in 2014 including Best New Musical, with the original Broadway production scooping 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

THE STORY

The Book of Mormon follows the story of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One of the missionaries, Elder Price, is a hugely enthusiastic go-getter and dedicated to his faith; however, his partner Elder Cunningham is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd who has a habit of bending the truth – a habit which soon lands him in big trouble! On arriving in Africa they discover that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected…

REVIEWS

“★★★★★ It’s hilarious. God have mercy upon my soul.” Sunday Telegraph
“★★★★ Indecently funny. The killer whale of comedy.” Evening Standard
“★★★★ Brash, crude, and offensive. A massive hit.” Independent
“★★★★ The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was scarcely more of a hit.” Time Out
“★★★★ Fearlessly stuffed with foul expletives, full-frontal filth, profound political incorrectness and blasphemy. Screamingly entertaining.” Mail on Sunday
“An unstoppable hit. Damnably clever and sharp.” Telegraph
“A work of genius. Could this be the new golden age for musicals?” Guardian
“The most talked about show in London. Mormon puts itself triumphantly in the middle of the cultural conversation.” The Stage
“I loved this show. It’s completely bonkers. It has a beautiful heart.” Daily Mail

THE CREATORS

Book, Music and Lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.  Directed by Casey Nicholaw and  Trey Parker,  The Book of Mormon has choreography by  Casey Nicholaw, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus and music supervision and vocal arrangements by Stephen Oremus.

THE CAST

The fabulous cast stars Billy Harrigan Tighe as Elder Price and A.J. Holmes as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon.
Billy Harrigan Tighe has extensive Broadway and US theatre credits including Pippin, Wicked, La Cage Aux Folles, Hairspray, Happy Days, Footloose and Dreamgirls.
A. J. Holmes has played Elder Cunningham in all three North American companies of The Book of Mormon, with other stage credits including Young Frankenstein Next To Normal.
Other cast in the show include Alexia Khadime, Stephen Ashfield, Kevin Harvey, Hugo Harold Harrison, and Chris Jarman with Mark Anderson, Benjamin Brook, Daniel Clift, Christopher Copeland, Ashley Day, Keisha T Fraser, Patrick George, Nadine Higgin, Evan James, Aisha Jawando, Michael Kent, Sia Kiwa, Joshua Liburd, Daniel MacKinlay, David McMullan, Felix Mosse, Tanya Nicole-Edwards, Terel Nugent, David O’Reilly, Lucy St. Louis, Ashley Samuels, Rhys Taylor, Kayi Ushe, Michael Vinsen and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.

Top Musicals in London this Summer

May 26, 2014 

What’s playing in London Theatre this Summer
London Musicals This Summer
London Theatre thrives in the summer months, with thousands of extra visitors to the capital and plenty of events and attractions to keep everyone entertained.

West End musicals are famed around the world for the quality of their performances, and the sheer scale and spectacle of the shows.

Check out our guide to the best musicals hitting the West End this Summer.

IF YOU LOVE…

★ CLASSIC BROADWAY SHOWS, GO SEE:

The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game

There’s nothing like a Broadway show to get your toes tapping this summer. Sir Richard Eyre’s joyous new production of classic Fifties musical The Pajama Game has scooped rave reviews from critics including Five Stars from the hugely respected Guardian and Telegraph national newspapers. The Gershwin’s musical Porgy and Bess remains a Broadway standard and this summer you can see it in the beautiful setting of the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. Under the stewardship of Timothy Sheader the Open Air Theatre has scooped numerous awards and its annual summer musical has become a must-see show.

★ SEEING THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION OF A WORLDWIDE HIT, GO SEE:

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

British producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh is one of the world’s great showmen having staged musicals in hundreds of countries worldwide and dominating both the West End  and Broadway. All three of his biggest international hits originated in London, and you can now catch them all in their original productions. The Phantom of the Opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, continues its extraordinary run at Her Majesty’s Theatre; the world’s longest-running musical, Les Miserables, is riding high at the Queen’s Theatre following the award-winning movie; and Mackintosh’s new production of his classic, epic musical Miss Saigon is now back in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre.

★ AN AUTHENTIC BRITISH MUSICAL, GO SEE:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

If you are visiting London then make sure you see a home-grown British musical. Based on the award-winning British movie, Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace is the inspiring and emotional story of a young boy who discovers his true passion for dance, and Billy Elliot now stars West End leading lady Ruthie Henshall.  The worldwide popularity of children’s writer Roald Dahl has given rise to two extraordinary musicals: Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre has taken the West End and Broadway by storm, featuring music by acclaimed comedian Tim Minchin; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the blockbuster new musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) which dazzles with its lavish sets and costumes.

★ A SHOW WHERE YOU KNOW THE SONGS, GO SEE:

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

Hit songs from some of the world’s most popular artists play a starring role in these great shows, from Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, to ABBA and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre puts Michael Jackson’s greatest hits centre stage in a high-energy show packed with amazing dancing and singing as a fitting tribute to the King of Pop. Based on the much-loved movie about an international pop singer and her bodyguard, The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre features the songs made famous by the late Whitney Houston. And over at the Novello Theatre, the songs of ABBA are immortalised in sunny Mamma Mia!, set on a Greek Island and a perfect show to catch this summer. Packed with soul standards, The Commitments at the Palace Theatre is based on Alan Parker’s award-winning movie and features soul classics including Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, In The Midnight Hour and Mustang Sally. And ahead of Clint Eastwood’s major new movie, catch the West End production of Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre, full of tunes from legendary pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

★ LONDON MUSICALS THAT SHOW BROADWAY HOW IT’S DONE, GO SEE:

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

Yes, these shows may have originated on Broadway but the West End has made them their own with acclaimed productions of these Broadway modern classics. A musical with heart and visual spectacle, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre tells the untold story of the Wizard of Oz from the perspective of two teenage witches. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre is one of the funniest shows ever written and has proved a hot ticket in London. John Tiffany’s production of Once, based on the much-loved movie, has made an easy move from Broadway to London’s Phoenix Theatre in this romantic story set in a Dublin pub. For a musical on a breathtaking scale look no further than Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, with music and lyrics from Brits Elton John and Tim Rice. And finally, London has been lucky to attract hot Broadway director Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots) to stage his hilarious and critically acclaimed new production of Broadway comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, set in the South of France and the perfect way to spend a summer evening in London.

 

Full listings of West End Musicals

playing this summer in London

 

Chimerica, Book of Mormon scoop Olivier Awards

April 13, 2014 

The Almeida Theatre’s Chimerica and Broadway show The Book of Mormon dominate this year’s Olivier Awards wins.

Best Actor in a Musical winner Gavin Creel (The Book Of Mormon) with presenter Robert Lindsay

Best Actor in a Musical winner Gavin Creel (The Book Of Mormon) with presenter Robert Lindsay

The 38th annual Olivier Awards have been announced at the Royal Opera House in London.

In a glittering ceremony on Sunday 13 April 2014, the winners of the annual Olivier Awards organised by the Society of London Theeatre were announced.

Highlights included:

  • The Almeida was the big winner of the night with Chimerica and Ghosts scooping eight Awards
  • Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica had most wins with five Awards including Best New Play and Best Director for Lyndsey Turner
  • Lesley Manville was named Best Actress for her role in Ghosts, which also won Best Revival and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jack Lowden
  • The Book Of Mormon scooped most awards in the musicals categories winning four Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel
  • The National Theatre won awards for Rory Kinnear named Best Actor for his performance as Iago in Othello, Sharon D Clarke winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Amen Corner and Sir Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr jointly receiving a Special Award for outstanding achievement
  • Theatre impresario Michael White also received a Special Award from supermodel Kate Moss and Nigel Planer
  • Les Misérables won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award voted by the public

The glamorous ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London featured 14 live performances including ABBA’s Benny and Björn reuniting to celebrate 15 years of the hit show MAMMA MIA!

Other performances included Broadway star and Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters and international opera star Joseph Calleja, and live performances from all the nominated productions in both the Best New Musical and Audience Award categories.

Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, which enjoyed sell out runs at the Almeida Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre, was the evening’s biggest winner with five Awards including Best New Play, Best Director for Lyndsey Turner and the Award for Best Set Design for Es Devlin.

Chimerica’s Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross also shared the Best Lighting Design Award with Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Carolyn Downing jointly won Best Sound for Chimerica with Gareth Owen for Merrily We Roll Along.

Lesley Manville scooped the Best Actress gong for her performance in Ghosts, another Almeida Theatre transfer, this time to Trafalgar Studios, which also won Best Revival and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jack Lowden.

Rory Kinnear won Best Actor for his portrayal of Iago in Othello and Sharon D Clarke was named Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Amen Corner, both National Theatre productions.

The Book Of Mormon dominated the musicals categories winning four Awards including Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Stephen Ashfield and Best Theatre Choreographer for Casey Nicholaw.

Zrinka Cvitešić won Best Actress in a Musical for Once at the Phoenix Theatre, which was also awarded the Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music won by Martin Lowe for composition and arrangements and Glenn Hansard and Markéta Irglová for music and lyrics.

Merrily We Roll Along was named Best Musical Revival for its critically acclaimed run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre was awarded Best New Comedy and the Royal Opera House’s first West End transfer The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess Theatre won Best Entertainment and Family.

Mark Thompson was awarded Best Costume Design for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre was presented to Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre, which has now begun a West End run.

In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production was won by Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler’s Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler’s Wells and Oustanding Achievement in Dance went to Michael Hulls for his body of lighting work including Ballet Boyz – The Talent also at Sadler’s Wells.

In the opera section, Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House was named Best New Opera Production and Outstanding Achievement in Opera was won by English Touring Opera for its brave and challenging touring productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House.

This year’s Special Award winners for outstanding achievement were legendary theatre impresario Michael White, who was presented his Award by Kate Moss and Nigel Planer, and the National Theatre’s Sir Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, who received their joint Award from James Corden and Rory Kinnear in recognition of their decade in charge of the Southbank venue.

The publicly voted BBC Radio 2 Audience Award was presented to Les Misérables for a second time.

The awards were hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton

WINNERS 2014 – SEE A LIST OF ALL WINNERS

Olivier Awards – Nominations 2014 – By Numbers and By Show

March 10, 2014 

Nominations announced: 10 March 2014

Awards to be announced: 13 April 2014, Royal Opera House

VISIT OUR OLIVIER AWARDS MICRO-SITE >

 

NOMINATIONS 2014 – BY NUMBERS

 

SEVEN NOMINATIONS:
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Merrily We Roll Along

SIX NOMINATIONS:
Once
The Book Of Mormon
The Scottsboro Boys

FIVE NOMINATIONS:
Chimerica
Ghosts

FOUR NOMINATIONS:
The Light Princess

THREE NOMINATIONS:
The Amen Corner

TWO NOMINATIONS:
Coriolanus
Henry V
Othello
Peter and Alice
Private Lives
The Sound Of Music
The Wind In The Willows

ONE NOMINATION:
1984
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ballet Black – A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Barbican Britten: Phaedra
Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh!
Derren Brown: Infamous
Eric And Little Ern
Fleabag
Handbagged
Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense
Josephine And I
La Donna Del Lago
Les Misérable
Les Vĕpres Siciliennes
Matilda The Musical
Nabucco
Oh What A Lovely War
Puz/zle
Strangers On A Train
Tell Me On A Sunday
The Cripple Of Inishmaan
The Duck House
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
The Full Monty
The Mark Morris Season
The Night Alive
The Phantom Of The Opera
The Pride
The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui
The Same Deep Water As Me
The Weir
What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?)
Wicked
Witch-Hunt
Wozzeck

 

NOMINATIONS 2014 – BY SHOW

 

1984
BEST NEW PLAY: 1984 at the Almeida Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Katherine Kingsley for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre

Ballet Black – A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream
OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN DANCE: Arthur Pita for his choreography of Ballet Black – A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

Barbican Britten: Phaedra
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION: Richard Alston Dance Company/Britten Sinfonia for Barbican Britten: Phaedra at the Barbican Theatre

Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh!
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh! at the London Palladium

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Mark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Paul Pyant for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST NEW MUSICAL: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Peter Darling for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST SET DESIGN: Mark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Nigel Planer for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Chimerica
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Carolyn Downing for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST NEW PLAY: Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST SET DESIGN: Es Devlin for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST DIRECTOR: Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre

Coriolanus
BEST ACTOR: Tom Hiddleston for Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mark Gatiss for Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse

Derren Brown: Infamous
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: Derren Brown: Infamous at the Palace Theatre

Eric And Little Ern
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: Eric And Little Ern at the Vaudeville Theatre

Fleabag
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Fleabag at the Soho Theatre

Ghosts
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Jack Lowden for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST ACTRESS: Lesley Manville for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST REVIVAL: Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Peter Mumford for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Eyre for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios

Handbagged
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre

Henry V
BEST ACTOR: Jude Law for Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Ron Cook for Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre

Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense
BEST NEW COMEDY: Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Josephine And I
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Cush Jumbo for Josephine And I at the Bush Theatre

La Donna Del Lago
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA: Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez for their performances in La Donna Del Lago at the Royal Opera House

Les Misérable
AUDIENCE AWARD: Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre

Les Vĕpres Siciliennes
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION: Les Vĕpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House

Matilda The Musical
AUDIENCE AWARD: Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Merrily We Roll Along
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Gareth Owen for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Josefina Gabrielle for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST DIRECTOR: Maria Friedman for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Jenna Russell for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Soutra Gilmour for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: Merrily We Roll Along – The orchestra
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL: Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Nabucco
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA: Plácido Domingo for his performance in Nabucco at the Royal Opera House

Oh What A Lovely War
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE: Oh What A Lovely War at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

Once
BEST SET DESIGN:Bob Crowley for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Clive Goodwin for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Zrinka Cvitešić for Once at the Phoenix Theatre
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: Once – Martin Lowe for composition & arrangements, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová for music & lyrics
BEST NEW MUSICAL: Once at the Phoenix Theatre
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Steven Hoggett for Once at the Phoenix Theatre

Othello
BEST ACTOR: Rory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier
BEST REVIVAL: Othello at the National Theatre, Olivier

Peter and Alice
BEST ACTRESS: Judi Dench for Peter And Alice at the Noël Coward Theatre
BEST NEW PLAY: Peter And Alice at the Noël Coward Theatre

Private Lives
BEST ACTRESS: Anna Chancellor for Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre
BEST REVIVAL: Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre

Puz/zle
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION: Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler’s Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler’s Wells

Strangers On A Train
BEST SET DESIGN: Tim Goodchild for Strangers On A Train at the Gielgud Theatre

Tell Me On A Sunday
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL: Tell Me On A Sunday at the St James Theatre & the Duchess Theatre

The Amen Corner
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Sharon D Clarke for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Olivier
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Cecilia Noble for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Olivier
BEST REVIVAL: The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, Olivier

The Book Of Mormon
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Casey Nicholaw for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Stephen Ashfield for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Gavin Creel for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Jared Gertner for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: The Book Of Mormon – Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone for book, music & lyrics
BEST NEW MUSICAL: The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

The Cripple Of Inishmaan
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Sarah Greene for The Cripple Of Inishmaan at the Noël Coward Theatre

The Duck House
BEST NEW COMEDY: The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

The Full Monty
BEST NEW COMEDY: The Full Monty at the Noël Coward Theatre

The Light Princess
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN: Paule Constable for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Simon Baker for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Rosalie Craig for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Rae Smith for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Lyttelton

The Mark Morris Season
OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN DANCE: The Mark Morris Season at Sadler’s Wells

The Night Alive
BEST NEW PLAY: The Night Alive at the Donmar Warehouse

The Phantom Of The Opera
AUDIENCE AWARD: The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Pride
BEST ACTRESS: Hayley Atwell for The Pride at the Trafalgar Studios

The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui
BEST ACTOR: Henry Goodman for The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre

The Same Deep Water As Me
BEST NEW COMEDY: The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse

The Scottsboro Boys
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL: Colman Domingo for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
BEST DIRECTOR: Susan Stroman for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER: Susan Stroman for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kyle Scatliffe for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: The Scottsboro Boys – John Kander & Fred Ebb for music & lyrics
BEST NEW MUSICAL: The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic

The Sound Of Music
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Charlotte Wakefield for The Sound Of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL: The Sound Of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

The Weir
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Ardal O’Hanlon for The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse & the Wyndham’s Theatre

The Wind In The Willows
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Nicky Gillibrand for The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess Theatre
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY: The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess Theatre

What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?)
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION: Compagnie 111 Aurélien Bory/Stéphanie Fuster for What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?) at the Barbican Theatre

Wicked
AUDIENCE AWARD: Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Witch-Hunt
OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN DANCE: Clemmie Sveaas for her performance in Witch-Hunt at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

Wozzeck
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION: Wozzeck by English National Opera at the London Coliseum

LINKS

See the full list of Olivier Awards Nominations 2014

VISIT OUR OLIVIER AWARDS MICRO-SITE >

The Book of Mormon – Reviews Round-up

March 24, 2013 

A round-up of reviews of The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London

Gavin Creel in The Book of Mormon

Gavin Creel in The Book of Mormon

One of the most anticipated shows of the year has opened in London, as the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon had it’s UK premiere at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Thursday night (21 March 2013).

The producers of the show, written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone plus Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, have not allowed themselves to be complacent about the London opening following its New York success: they have run a long, expensive marketing campaign for the show in the run up to its opening, which has paid off in a sold-out first booking period, and a second booking period now open and selling well.

Part of this marketing push was to sell the show based on its Broadway hype rather than on the reaction of UK critics, who have remained a wild card in terms of their reaction.

The good news is that it has been mostly positive, with the critics who enjoyed it really enjoying it. But the big three key newspapers, the Guardian, Telegraph and Mail, were slightly less impressed with the show.

Read a round-up of London reviews for The Book of Mormon, below.

LINKS

Book tickets to The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London

 

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London

June 9, 2012 

The smash-hit Broadway show The Book of Mormon will open in the West End this Spring, beginning previews on 25 February 2013.

Andrew Rannells as Elder Price in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon

Andrew Rannells as Elder Price in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon

The show will open at the Prince Of Wales Theatre London and preliminary casting is currently under way to find the  new stars of the show.

Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, the show has won numerous awards on Broadway including 9 Tony Awards.

This hilarious musical centres on a pair of teenage Mormon boys sent on a mission to a dangerous part of Uganda to spread the word, and is a riot of song and dance numbers mixed with profanity and outrage!

And far from offending, The Book of Mormon has been embraced by all – including Mormons, with the show managing to be mocking, outrageous and satirical but is also well researched, humane and surprisingly moral. A must-see.

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Tony Award Winners: War Horse, Book of Mormon sweep Tony Awards; Mark Rylance named Best Actor

June 13, 2011 

At a star-studded ceremony last night, Sunday 12 June 2011, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the American Theatre Wing’s 65th annual Tony Awards were announced. British play War Horse triumphed at the awards winning 5 gongs, including Best Play. British actor Mark Rylance won a Best Actor awards for his performance in the Royal Court’s Jerusalem.

Mark Rylance wins a Best Actor Tony for Jerusalem. Photo: CBS

Mark Rylance wins a Best Actor Tony for Jerusalem. Photo: CBS

The Book of Mormon, which has proved an unlikely smash-hit on Broadway, swept the awards with 9 wins out of its 14 nominations, including Best New Musical, and Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for its authors Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, and Robert Lopez.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted a fun and unusually irreverent night, which opened with a tongue-in-cheek “did they really say that?” song-and-dance number, arguing that the range of Broadway shows on offer meant that the Great White Way was no longer “just for gays”.

The National Theatre’s production of War Horse, which is currently running at the New London Theatre in London and also at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York, won 5 awards including Best Play for author Nick Stafford, Best Direction of a Play for Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Best Scenic Design of a Play for Rae Smith, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Paule Constable and Best Sound Design of a Play for Christopher Shutt. A special Tony Award was also given to the Handspring Puppet Company, who have produced the life-size horse puppets for the show.

Neil Patrick Harris presented this year's awards

Neil Patrick Harris presented this year's awards

Other big winners last night included two revivals, Anything Goes, which won 3 awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Larry Kramer’s 1985 hit The Normal Heart, which also won 3 awards including Best Revival of a Play.

Big name stars who brought home awards included our very own Mark Rylance, who beat Al Pacino for the Best Actor in a Play award for his bravado performance in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, his second Tony awards following his 2008 win for Boeing-Boeing, Ellen Barkin in The Normal Heart, and Frances McDormand winning Best Actress in a Play for Good People.

The most impassioned acceptance speech of the night came from AIDS activist Larry Kramer, whose play The Normal Heart scooped 3 awards and who said: “I could not have written it had not so many of us so needlessly died.. Learn from it, and carry on the fight. Let them know that we are a very special people, an exceptional people. And that our day will come.”

Brits who were nominated but missed out on awards this year included Jerusalem author Jez Butterworth, Joanna Lumley and costume designer Mark Thompson for La Bete, Kneehigh’s production of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter and its leading lady Hannah Yelland, Vanessa Redgrave for Driving Miss Daisy, Adam Godley for Anything Goes, Brian Bedford for The Importance of Being Earnest and Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia.

The awards were broadcast live by CBS in the States.

See the full list of 2011 Tony Award winners here.

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Tony Award Nominations Announced: War Horse and Jerusalem compete for Best Play

May 3, 2011 

The American Theatre Wing’s 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today, Tuesday 3 May 2011. The nominations were presented by Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center in New York.

Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose present the Tony nominations

Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose present the Tony nominations

A number of high-profile UK shows or London transfers did well in the nominations with the National Theatre’s War Horse and the Royal Court’s Jerusalem both running for Best Play.

Jerusalem was also nominated for six other awards including Mark Rylance for leading actor in a play, Mackenzie Crook for featured actor in a play, lighting design, scenic design and sound design.

Author of the play, Jez Butterworth, said: “I’m so thrilled that it’s working so well in the States. The Music Box Theatre is the most beautiful space I’ve been in. Being on Broadway is totally new experience for me, and I love that the atmosphere is so intimate.”

War Horse also received nominations for direction, scenic design, lighting design and sound design, and the creators of the puppets for the show, Handspring Puppet Company, will also receive a Special Tony Award.

Other London transfers nominated for awards include La Bete, which picked up nominations for Joanna Lumley and costume designer Mark Thompson, Kneehigh’s production of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, with two nominations including best performance by an actress in a leading role for Hannah Yelland, and Sister Act the Musical, which had its world premiere in London, and received five nominations including best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for Patina Miller.

Other Brits up for awards include Vanessa Redgrave for her performance in Driving Miss Daisy, Adam Godley for Anything Goes, Brian Bedford for The Importance of Being Earnest and Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia is competing in the best revival of a play category. He told BroadwayWorld that, “I feel pretty remarkable… The nomination for Best Revival is a deserved compliment to David Leveaux who directed Arcadia and to an exceptional company of actors.”

Daniel Radcliffe failed to secure a nomination for his starring role in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, although the revival did get eight nods including best revival of a musical, best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for John Larroquette and actress for Tammy Blanchard, plus best direction and choreography nods for Rob Ashford, who is currently busy directing the London production of Shrek The Musical.

Big winners in the nominations were new musical The Book of Mormon by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, which received 14 nominations, the most of any show, The Scottsboro Boys with 12 nods and Anything Goes with nine nominations.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert received two nominations including Sydney and London star of the show Tony Sheldon for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical. He said: “It’s extraordinary and so nice. I’ve been from the show since the first workshop, building the character. I’ve had so much input onto the show and my character and I feel so emotionally invested in the production”.

The awards will be presented on Sunday 12 June in a three hour live ceremony broadcast by CBS in the States.

LINKS

Tony Award nominations 2011
New York Times Tony nominations analysis
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