The winners of the Olivier Awards 2017 with Mastercard were announced last night (Sunday 9 April 2017) at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony was hosted by Jason Manford and will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 11 April at 8:00pm.
Predictably Harry Potter And The Cursed Child 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.
In the musical 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 performed a show-stopping 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, with 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.
Disappointingly the highly popular and critically acclaimed productions of The Girls and Half a Sixpence did not win anything despite several nominations..
The list of winners in the various musical theatre categories is as follows:
Best Theatre Choreographer: Matthew Bourne for The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Music: School Of Rock The Musical
Best Entertainment and Family: Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre
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
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