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Monday, April 9

MUSICAL THEATRE OLIVIER AWARD WINNERS

The 2018 Olivier Award winners were announced yesterday in a  glittering ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

Predictably Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton led the night with seven Olivier Award wins, with Giles Terera picking up Best Actor in a Musical and Michael Jibson winning Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as King George. Other awards were for Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

David Lan was this year’s recipient of the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in leading the Young Vic since 2000, his work within the local community around the theatre, and his commitment to internationalism and diversity.

Performances on the night included American musical theatre legend Chita Rivera performing West Side Story's track Somewhere with Andy Karl (2017 winner for Groundhog Day), Adam J. Bernard (2017 winner for Dreamgirls), and the Arts Educational Schools London Choir, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the production debuting in London. Plus  performances from nominated musicals:  Hamilton; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Girl From The North Country, Young Frankenstein, Follies and 42nd Street.

The ceremony paid  homage to the 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with past stars including Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley, Lee Mead and Preeya Kalidas, and Joe McElderry and Danielle Hope.

Presenters this year included Alexandra Burke, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anne-Marie Duff,  Beverley Knight, Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Frank DiLella, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Mel Giedroyc, Michael Sheen, Ophelia Lovibond, Patti LuPone, Pearl Mackie and Sergei Polunin.

All the musical theatre winners are listed below:

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
Dick Whittington at London Palladium

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre, Olivier

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST SET DESIGN
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
Hamilton - composer-lyricist: Lin-Manuel Miranda; orchestrator: Alex Lacamoire at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Follies at National Theatre - Olivier

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Shirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST NEW MUSICAL
Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

SPECIAL AWARD
David Lan



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