Stars of the stage gathered in London last Sunday evening, for the 2017 Olivier Awards – and they didn’t disappoint.
In many parts of the UK it was the warmest day of the year, and the hottest ticket in town was to see the 2017 Olivier Awards, at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Omega Holidays’ Tim Rollinson, attended the special night. He said it was fascinating to see waiting fans clamour for autographs and selfies with the likes of Gary Barlow, Amanda Holden, Billy Piper, Amber Riley and a host of other West End stars.
Tim was thrilled with the start to the evening, as the acclaimed Jason Manford introduced himself as the host. Shortly after, alongside Gary Barlow, the cast of The Girls came on stage to perform “Yorkshire”, a key song in this West End Musical.
Tim adds, “It was a stirring beginning to a spectacular occasion. The arrival of a couple of hundred W.I. Members carrying sunflowers and the introduction of some of the original Calendar Girls, was very moving. It’s easy to see why the show has received so many five star reviews”.
This year the night was taken over by, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which picked up an astonishing 9 wins. This is record breaking, and more than any other production in the ceremony’s 41-year history.
Tim was over the moon to witness the Best Actress in a Musical award go Amber Riley for her role in Dreamgirls. Tim said that this commemoration was made extra special as Amber received a full audience standing ovation when she performed, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Tim added, “I saw Dreamgirls in preview at, The Savoy Theatre, last November. It was clear that Dreamgirls was going to be a massive success then. It’s worth buying a ticket for her voice alone”.
A second award was given to Dreamgirls as Adam J Bernard also won Best Actor for his Supporting Role.
Theatre Royalty was in abundance on the night, and Andrew Lloyd Webber was amongst the stars, who last year won the audience award, for his Phantastic production of, “The Phantom of the Opera.”
This year was also marked strong for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, as his 1971 rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar won best musical revival while his new show, School of Rock, earned an outstanding achievement in music honour for the child musicians who play live onstage at every performance.
The Oliviers, considered the British equivalent of the Tony Awards, also put some steam behind Groundhog Day, as it won best musical and best actor award.
“Speaking to presenter Jason Manford about Groundhog Day’s future, composer Tim Minchin stated that the aim is to bring it back to London. He said: “If it’s not here within a year, you can come and get angry with me.” http://bit.ly/2ppNquW The Stage, April 2017
Tim said it was a wonderful evening, which ended superbly with a Special Award for Sir Kenneth Branagh, whose dazzling career has spanned more than three decades.
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