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It was a glamorous night at the Royal Opera House for the 37th Olivier Awards. While all those associated with musical theatre winners Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot had much to celebrate, plenty of other performers played their part too.
Actress Heather Headley may not have won in her category (Best Actress in a Musical), losing out to Sweeney’s Imelda Staunton, but her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ from The Bodyguard received a standing ovation. The coverage of her performance on Radio 2 and ITV1 can not have done the show’s box office at the Adelphi Theatre any harm either.
Glee actor and seasoned stage performer Matthew Morrison, who sang and danced his way through a selection of songs from West Side Story, was one of two high profile US guest stars, the other being his Glee co-star and Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel.
Top Hat nominees Tom Chambers and Scarlett Scarlett left empty-handed, but the triple Olivier success of the production must have comforted the blow somewhat. Joining Chambers on the Red Carpet, as pictured here, was choreographer Arlene Philips who staged the opening number, ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’, performed by one of the evening’s hosts, Sheridan Smith.
As a Radio 2 presenter, Elaine Paige was appropriately on hand to help present the station’s Audience Award to Billy Elliot, which has now been running at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre for eight years.
And among the presenters was actor Daniel Radcliffe, who is soon to appear in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre, but who is hardly a stranger to musical theatre himself, having played J Pierrepont Finch in the 2011 Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.