The West End singer and presenter was made an OBE last month, previously co-hosted the awards in 2011 and 2012 has previously won two Oliviers - for best actor in a musical in 2008 for Hairspray and in 2013 for Sweeney Todd.
The 16 shows in the running for the award are: Beautiful - The Carole
King Musical; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Curious Incident of
the Dog in the Night-Time; Jersey Boys; Disney's The Lion King; Mamma
Mia!; Matilda the Musical; Les Miserables; The Mousetrap; The Phantom of
the Opera; The Railway Children; Stomp; Sunny Afternoon; The Play that
Goes Wrong; The Woman in Black and Thriller Live.
Last year's big winners were Kinks-inspired musical Sunny Afternoon and drama A View From the Bridge, with Dame Angela Lansbury winning her first Olivier Award for her role as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, her first West End role in nearly 40 years.
Voting opened on Tuesday for the Magic Radio Audience Award, the only Olivier voted on by the public.