Olivier Awards 2016 – big night for Gypsy, Kinky Boots and In The Heights

 

Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Gypsy won the most awards this year for a single production at the 40th anniversary Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival. Kinky Boots was named MasterCard Best New Musical and In The Heights won the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Images (above): Vivienne Vincent

Gypsy’s other successes were the White Light Award For Best Lighting Design and Best Actress in a

Best Actress in a Musical, Imelda Staunton

Best Actress in a Musical, Imelda Staunton for Gypsy. Picture: Roy Tan

Supporting Role in a Musical for Lara Pulver.

Kinky Boots, which took home three prizes, celebrated Matt Henry collecting Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Lola and Gregg Barnes winning Best Costume Design.

In The Heights also won three Olivier Awards. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Drew McOnie was named Best Theatre Choreographer and David Bedella collected Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

The award for Best Entertainment and Family went to Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.

The Magic Radio Audience Award, the only award voted for solely by members of the public, was won by The Phantom Of The Opera. The award celebrates London’s long-running productions.

The awards were announced at a star-studded ceremony held at London’s Royal Opera House. Hosted by two-time Oliver Award winner Michael Ball, the ceremony featured performances from Grammy and Tony Award winner Cyndi Lauper, Michael Feinstein, Joe Stilgoe and Jack Savoretti. For the finale, the awards welcomed back 15 past Olivier Award winners including Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall and Jill Halfpenny who performed ‘What I Did For Love’ from A Chorus Line – winner of Best New Musical at the 1976 awards.

There were also special performances from all the nominated productions in both the MasterCard Best New Musical and Best Musical Revival categories. The ceremony was opened by Imelda Staunton who performed ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from Gypsy.

Drew Mc

Named Best Theatre Choreographer for In The Heights, Drew McOnie. Picture: Roy Tan

The guests presenting this year’s awards were Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton, Shirley Bassey, Matthew Bourne, Rob Brydon, Jessie Buckley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Adam Cooper, Paul Copley, Noma Dumezweni, Alfred Enoch, Luke Evans, David Gandy, Kit Harington, Emma Hatton, Lenny Henry, Eddie Izzard, Rory Kinnear, Beverley Knight, Lesley Manville, Julia McKenzie, James Norton, Vanessa Redgrave, Amber Riley, Juliet Stevenson, Savannah Stevenson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Luke Treadaway, Zoë Wanamaker and Barbara Windsor.

On the night the BBC Concert Orchestra performed with orchestrations and original music by conductor Larry Blank, and further orchestrations by Mark Cumberland.

The evening’s show also included a live link to a free public Olivier Awards celebration on the ITV Stage in Covent Garden Piazza hosted by leading West End performers Carrie Hope Fletcher and Daniel Boys, where theatre-lovers enjoyed West End performances and a live big screen relay of the ceremony.

The full ceremony will be broadcast on ITV3 on Monday 4 April at 11pm. The highlights and full ceremony will be available to watch on ITV Hub for 30 days following the broadcasts.

Next year the Olivier Awards will be on Sunday 9 April 2017 and in a new venue: the Royal Albert Hall.

OLIVIER AWARDS 2016 WITH MASTERCARD WINNERS:

Best Revival

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National Theatre, Lyttelton.

Best Entertainment and Family

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Apollo Theatre.

Best Costume Design

Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design

Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.

White Light Award For Best Lighting Design

Mark Henderson for Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.

Best Sound Design

Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at the National Theatre, Dorfman.

Best New Opera Production

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House.

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at the London Coliseum.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Gatiss for Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre, Lyttelton.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre.

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at the Soho Theatre.

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play

Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.

Best Actor

Kenneth Cranham for The Father at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Best Actress

Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at the National Theatre, Dorfman.

Magic Radio Audience Award

The Phantom of the Opera.

Best New Comedy

Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre.

Best New Dance Production

Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at the Royal Opera House.

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House.

Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music

In The Heights – music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, orchestrated and arranged by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman at the King’s Cross Theatre.

Best Theatre Choreographer

Drew McOnie for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre.

Best Director

Robert Icke for Oresteia at the Almeida Theatre.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

David Bedella for In The Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Lara Pulver for Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.

Best Musical Revival

Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.

Best Actor in a Musical

Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.

Best Actress in a Musical

Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.

MasterCard Best New Musical

Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.

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