To celebrate 15 years of the hit show Mamma Mia!, Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will be reuniting to appear with the current London company in the grand finale at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard, taking place on Sunday 13 April at the Royal Opera House and broadcast from 10.15pm that evening on ITV in a full highlights package.
Two-time Tony Award-winning actress and acclaimed interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics, Bernadette Peters, will also be flying into London specially to perform at the Olivier Awards, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, who will back the entire evening’s entertainment.
Joseph Calleja, the internationally renowned tenor currently singing the title role in the Royal Opera’s production of Gounod’s Faust, will bring the first half of the evening to a close by performing ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Puccini’s Tosca.
The evening will feature exclusive performances from all four nominees in the Best New Musical category – The Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys, in addition to performances from all the BBC Radio 2 Audience Awards nominees – Les Misérables, Matilda the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
The BBC Concert Orchestra will be playing for all performances under the musical supervision of David Charles Abell, with orchestrations and original music by Larry Blank and further orchestration by Mark Cumberland.
Guest presenters include Michael Ball, Samantha Barks, Kristin Davis, Lesley Garrett, Nigel Harman, Rufus Hound, Beverley Knight, Dame Penelope Keith, Robert Lindsay, Dame Gillian Lynne, Ben Miles, Alistair McGowan, Marianela Núñez, Lesley Sharpe, Mark Strong, Luke Treadaway, Gok Wan, Ruth Wilson and Leigh Zimmerman.
As previously announced, Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan will host proceedings with voiceover by Julie Walters.
Theatre-lovers are invited to gather at the ITV Stage in Covent Garden Piazza from 5pm on the day for a free Olivier Awards celebration. The ITV stage will be hosted by Myleene Klass alongside West End leading man Michael Xavier and will feature live performances from shows including Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Matilda the Musical, Urinetown and Wicked with more still to be announced. From 6.30pm, large screens will show all the action from inside the Royal Opera House, and ITV’s cameras will be in Covent Garden as part of the Olivier Awards comes live from the piazza stage.
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