World News – GB – Dear Evan Hansen wins three awards as Virtual Honorary Theater of Olives


Newcomers and established theater personalities shared honors at this year’s Olivier Awards in a ceremony that was redesigned for the Covid era

A number of shows were honored, but there was always one apparent constant: Sharon D Clarke, who won Best Actress for her performance in Young Vic’s Death Of A Salesman and became a fixture on the lists. Olivier’s Recognition She was nominated for a Supporting Performance in 1995, 2003 and 2012, won the Supporting Actress Award in 2014 and was named Best Actress in a Musical in 2019 for her role in Caroline, Or Change

Accepting her award, she thanked his wife Susie McKenna and the theater freelancers, who were among the cultural workers hardest hit during the pandemic « We need to know our value in this industry, and what our incredible industry brings not only to the coffers, but to the soul of our nation Keep the people of faith We will be back « 

Comedian Jason Manford hosted a virtual awards show, which was pre-recorded at the London Palladium and broadcast Sunday night on YouTube and ITV

The original awards were postponed to March due to the coronavirus lockdown shortly after the nominations were announced.A special TV program aired on April 5, the night the awards were due to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Two new musicals, Dear Evan Hansen and & Juliet, won three awards each, while Sharon D Clarke won Best Actress for her performance in Young Vic’s Death Of A Salesman and Andrew Scott took home the award for best actor for Present Laughter at the Old Vic In his acceptance speech, Scott praised the comedic instinct of the 1943 play’s writer, Noël Coward, saying that a sense of humor is « something thing that has helped us all to survive the past couple of months during this really tough time ”

Swedish pop producer Max Martin led the nominations with nine for his jukebox musical & Juliet, which reimagines the ending of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet It took three awards, all in actor categories, with wins for David Bedella as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Cassidy Janson as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and Miriam-Teak Lee as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Janson dedicated his award to the team behind & Juliet, saying: « You are so knowledgeable, so viable, so valuable and please none of you ever retrain » – a benchmark to Chancellor’s comments on « viable » jobs and government-backed ads suggesting artisans could retrain in technology

Martin’s new work shared the loot in musical categories with fellow West End debutant Dear Evan Hansen

The teenage musical, which moved to the Noel Coward Theater on Broadway in November 2019 after winning six Tony Awards and being propelled by a young and enthusiastic online audience, won Best New Musical and best original score or new orchestrations Sam Tutty also won the award for best actor in a musical

Alongside new winners have established Olivier pillars, including Matthew Bourne, who won his ninth place, becoming the most successful individual in the history of the awards Bourne won the award for Best Dramatic Choreographer alongside Stephen Mear for Mary Poppins, while Ian McKellen – another serial winner – won his seventh for his 80-year tour

The Best Director Award, which was renamed in honor of Sir Peter Hall, went to Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, who co-directed Death of a Salesman Presenting the award, Sam Mendes urged those who are looking at the prizes to donate to his theater artist fund, which he created to support theater workers during the pandemic

Present Laughter also won two awards, with Scott’s award followed by Indira Varma, who won her first Olivier after winning the award for Best Supporting Actress Varma thanked the Olives for their commitment to fighting a fair representation She said: « I look forward to once this pandemic is over and the theaters reopened to see the talent that emerges and the new opportunities offered to those who are sometimes left behind. »

Leopoldstadt, The Story of Tom Stoppard’s Generation at the Wyndham Theater of a Jewish Family in Vienna, produced by Sonia Friedman, won two gongs: Best New American Airlines Play and Best Actor in a Second role for Adrian Scarborough Another Friedman production, Fiddler On The Roof at the Playhouse Theater, won Magic Radio’s Best Musical Revival award

Bob Crowley won his third Olivier for Best Set for his work on Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theater Spanish dancer and choreographer Sara Baras was awarded for Outstanding Dance Performance for her choreography and performance in Ballet Flamenco, Sombras at Sadler’s Wells

Lyricist Don Black received a special award for his contributions to musical theater presented by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Duchess of Cornwall, and was one of the many stars who gave impassioned speeches on the importance of theater in a year in which it was devastated by the Covid-19 crisis

Emilia of the Vaudeville Theater won two technical awards, with Joanna Scotcher winning the award for best costume and Emma Laxton winning the Royal Albert Hall Award for best sound design

Other winners included Cyrano De Bergerac at Playhouse Theater (best Cunard revival), Billy Budd at Royal Opera House (best new opera production), Ingoma de Mthuthuzeli November (best new dance production), Baby Reindeer at the Bush Theater (outstanding achievement in an affiliated theater) and The Children’s Ensemble for their performance in Noye’s Fludde at the Theater Royal Stratford East (outstanding achievement in opera)

Julian Bird, Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards and Managing Director of the Society of London Theater, said: “This is not how we originally planned to celebrate this year’s outstanding Olivier nominees, but like so many others we have adapted to these trying times.I am delighted that we were able to safely create this program which will hopefully interest and inspire the audience at home while reminding them of the talent and dynamism of our entertainment industry. theater « 

Olivier Prize, Dear Evan Hansen

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