Tuesday, December 8

Star studded line up for The Oliviers in Concert

Leading West End stars are celebrating 40 years of the Olivier Awards in a gala concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London on Monday 25 January at 7.30pm

Previous Olivier Award winners Michael Ball, Katie Brayben, John Dagleish, Elaine Paige and Clive Rowe are in the  the star-studded cast joining previously announced award-winning cast members Daniel Evans and performer/director Maria Friedman. More artists will be announced in the New Year.

Katie Brayben has just completed a run playing the lead role in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - a role that earned Katie her first Olivier Award in 2015, for Best Actress in a Musical.

John Dagleish won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2015, for his performance in Sunny Afternoon, based on the music of The Kinks.

Daniel Evans has picked up two Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical, both for productions of Sondheim musicals - the first in 2001 for the original London production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, and another in 2007 for Sunday In The Park With George.

Maria Friedman made her directing debut in 2012 with the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Olivier Award-winning production of Merrily We Roll Along; and has since led a critically acclaimed production of High Society at The Old Vic. She is also a three-time Olivier Award winner, including winning two awards for Best Actress in a Musical - in 1997 for her performance in Passion, and in 2004 for playing Mother in Ragtime.

Elaine Paige won an Olivier Award in 1978 for Performance of the Year in a Musical, for playing Eva PerĂ³n in Evita; and has since had a thriving career in the West End, appearing in shows including Grease, Chess, Cats, Anything Goes and Sunset Boulevard. Elaine Paige on Sunday is broadcast every Sunday from 1-3pm on BBC Radio 2, celebrating the best music from Hollywood, Broadway and West End productions.

Clive Rowe won an Olivier Award in 1997 for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, for his role as Nicely Nicely Johnson in the National Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls. One of his best known roles since was playing Duke in the CBBC drama The Story of Tracy Beaker.
The concert will be staged by Maria Friedman and Tim Jackson. The company will perform a selection of songs from celebrated musicals accompanied by the 70-strong BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart, alongside a 100-strong choir comprising of students from Arts Educational Schools London.  The BBC Concert Orchestra will also be performing at the 2016 Olivier Awards ceremony, taking place in April. 

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