London Loves Lin-Manuel Miranda Too (And ‘Kinky Boots’ & Judi Dench) – Olivier Awards


Lin-Manuel Miranda just can’t stop winning awards. The current London production of In the Heights — the Broadway show he conceived, wrote, scored and starred in before doing the same for current musico-historico blockbuster Hamilton won the Olivier Award Sunday for best score. In the Heights choreographer Drew McOnie won, as did Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, the show’s orchestrators and arrangers. Cast member David Bedella won for actor in a supporting role.

Dame Judi Dench made history, picking, up her record-breaking eighth Olivier, this time as best actress in a supporting role for her performance as Paulina in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, which was presented during  the Kenneth Branagh Company’s season of plays at the Garrick.

Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s 2013 Tony winner Kinky Boots won the Olivier for best new musical and also delivered wins for best actor in a musical (Matt Henry) and costumes (Gregg Barnes).

Martin McDonagh’s Hangman won for best new play, and August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was named best revival.

2016 Olivier Award winners:

Best New Play: Hangman.

Best New Musical: Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.

Best Revival: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National Theatre.

Best Musical Revival: Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.

Best New Opera Production: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House

Best New Comedy: Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre.

Best Entertainment and Family: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Apollo Theatre.

Best Costume Design: Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.

Best Set Design: Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at the Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.

Best Lighting Design: Mark Henderson for Gypsy.

Best Sound Design: Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at the National Theatre.

Outstanding Achievement in Opera: English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at the London Coliseum.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at the National Theatre.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre.

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre: Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at the Soho Theatre.

Best Actor: Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Best Actress: Denise Gough for People, Places And Things.

Audience Award: The Phantom Of The Opera.

Best New Dance Production: Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at the Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House

Outstanding Achievement in Music: In The Heights,  music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, orchestrated and arranged by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, at King’s Cross Theatre.

Best Theater Choreographer: Drew McOnie, In The Heights.

Best Director: Robert Icke for Oresteia at the Almeida Theatre.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: David Bedella, In The Heights.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Lara Pulver, Gypsy.

Best Actor in a Musical: Matt Henry, Kinky Boots.

Best Actress in a Musical: Imelda Staunton for, Gypsy.


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