The depth of the talent pool in Britain’s theatres seemed endless on Sunday night as the Olivier Awards held their 37th Awards Ceremony to celebrate excellence in theatre.
Strategically placed on the one night a week that the theatre sleeps, the Royal Opera House burst into life as the heavyweights of the West End each came to perform pieces from their shows to create the most dazzling variety show in the country and of course to collect their awards.
Dame Helen Mirren for Best Actress for her performance as The Queen. Jon Morrell for Best Costume for Top Hat and Best Actor and Best Director that went to Luke Treadaway and Marianne Elliott were just two of the 7 Olivier’s won by the Best New Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
Nearly stealing the show for herself, hosting the awards alongside Hugh Bonneville, Sheridan Smith, who last year won an Olivier for her performance in Hedda Gabler, wowed the audience with her vivacious spirit, comedic timing and flawless live performance of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend. Followed by more performances by Will Young as Emcee in the new revival of Kabaret, an immaculately booming performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” by Heather Headley currently starring in The Bodyguard and of course a very anticipated and rightly so, song and dance number from The West Side Story from the star of Glee, Matthew Morrison.
Yes, I did have to use my thesaurus to find synonyms for flawless. Every single performance was more outstanding than the next and I am astounded that anyone could have chosen a winner, but winner they chose and I am honored to have been sitting in the same room with them.
Contributing Editor: Margo Stilley
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