Olivier Awards 2017 – Groundhog Day wins Best New Musical, double acting prizes for Dreamgirls

Andy Karl (Phil Connors) in Groundhog Day at The Old Vic. Photo by Manuel Harlan (2-72-Edit)

Andy Karl won Best Actor in a Musical for Groundhog Day at The Old Vic, which also received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Picture: Manuel Harlan

While the biggest story of the Olivier Awards 2017 was the success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which collected a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards (overtaking Matilda and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as the most decorated production in the ceremony’s history), there was still plenty to celebrate in the musical theatre categories.

Groundhog Day, written by Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin, was named Mastercard Best New Musical. The production, which is currently in previews on Broadway, also received the award for Best Actor in a Musical for Andy Karl’s portrayal of Phil Connors.

Amber Riley, who received a standing ovation for a showstopping rendition of ‘And I Am Telling You’, was named Best Actress in a Musical, while her co-star Adam J Bernard won Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Rebecca Trehearn won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Show Boat, which transferred to the West End from Sheffield Theatres.

Two shows composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber also received awards: School of Rock The Musical winning Outstanding Achievement in Music for the three children’s bands who play instruments live every night at New London Theatre, and Jesus Christ Superstar winning Magic Radio Best Musical Revival.

Amber Riley in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre (2). Credit Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

Amber Riley won the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award for Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Picture: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which transfers to the West End in May, was named Best New Comedy.

Matthew Bourne, one of the industry’s most celebrated choreographers, was named Best Theatre Choreographer, with his production of The Red Shoes also winning Best Entertainment and Family.

Kenneth Branagh was this year’s recipient of the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British theatre.

Performers on the night included Gary Barlow and Tim Firth with the company of The Girls and the Women’s Institute Choir; Amber Riley from Dreamgirls; Tim Minchin with a number from his musical Groundhog Day; and the companies of School of Rock The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar and Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes. Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald performed exclusively as part of the In Memoriam section.

Presenters this year included Alfie Boe, Leanne Cope, Robert Fairchild, Ben Forster, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Matt Henry, Ruthie Henshall, Rufus Hound, Nathan Lane, Danny Mac, Audra McDonald and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2017 were announced at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the ceremony was hosted by Jason Manford.

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 11 April at 8pm. Viewers outside the UK will be able to stream the ceremony at the same time via Facebook and YouKu in China.

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OLIVIER AWARDS 2017:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre

Rebecca Trehearn as Julie La Verne in Show Boat. Sheffield Theatres. Credit Johan Persson.

Rebecca Trehearn won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for the Sheffield Theatres production of Show Boat. Picture: Johan Persson.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boat at New London Theatre

Magic Radio Best Musical Revival

Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best Actor in a Musical

Andy Karl for Groundhog Day at The Old Vic

Best Actress in a Musical

Amber Riley for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre

Mastercard Best New Musical

Groundhog Day at The Old Vic

Outstanding Achievement in Music

School of Rock The Musical – three children’s bands who play instruments live every night at New London Theatre

Best Theatre Choreographer

Matthew Bourne for The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells

hool of Rock The Musical wins Outstanding Achievement in Music. Picture Tristram Kenton

School of Rock The Musical won Outstanding Achievement in Music. Picture Tristram Kenton

Best Entertainment and Family

Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells

Best New Comedy

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at National Theatre – Dorfman

Best Actress

Billie Piper for Yerma at Young Vic

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Rotterdam at Trafalgar Studios 2

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design

Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Best Sound Design

Gareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Declan Bennett in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Picture: Roy Tan

Declan Bennett in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The show won Best Musical Revival. Picture: Roy Tan

Best Costume Design

Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design

Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Noma Dumezweni for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Best Revival

Yerma at Young Vic

Best Actor

Jamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Best Director

John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

17837699_10213027093420033_234780362_oBest New Opera Production

Akhnaten at London Coliseum

Outstanding Achievement in Opera

Mark Wigglesworth for his conducting of Don Giovanni and Lulu at London Coliseum

Best New Dance Production

Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young at Sadler’s Wells

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

English National Ballet for expanding the variety of their repertoire with Akram Khan’s Giselle and She Said at Sadler’s Wells

Special Award Winner

Kenneth Branagh

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