To mark its third year on air at Resonance 104.4fm, and to celebrate the Olivier Awards 2015, The Curtain Up Show broadcast live from The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue on 10th April .
In front of an invited audience of industry professionals and theatre fans, Tim McArthur was chatting to some of this year’s nominees, and finding out what this prestigious honour means to them, just two days before the big event!
Olivier nominated performers included Ian McIntosh and Lorna Want from Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, Haydn Gwynne from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre, along with fellow cast member Willemijn Verkaik, Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada from Miss Saigon and Stephen Ashfield from The Book of Mormon.
Leading theatre critics Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock, who this year launched the Also Recognised Awards via MyTheatreMates.com, shared their predictions for this year’s Olivier Awards.
The heats for the 9th Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (SSSSPOTY) were held on 15th March at the Royal Academy of Music. Some 72 students auditioned for the judges Ed Seckerson and Stephen Ridley, who had a really difficult job selecting the finalists. Accompaniment was provided by Jan Winstone apart from those students who brought their own pianists.
Many colleges ran their own internal Sondheim competitions to decide who was going to represent them at the heats and once again the standard was very high.
All Star Productions’ acclaimed production of IT’S A BIRD… IT’S A PLANE… IT’S SUPERMAN transferred to The Leicester Square Theatre in February 2015 for a limited run! All Star Productions presented the UK Premiere of the show in March 2014 at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre.
The show, which is based on the Comic Strip SUPERMAN, is the tale of Superman’s efforts to defeat the vengeful Dr. Abner Sedgwick, a ten-time Nobel Prize-losing scientist, who seeks to destroy the world’s symbol of good. Superman also comes into romantic conflict with Max Mencken, a columnist for the Daily Planet newspaper who is intent on revealing Superman’s true identity, as he resents Lois Lane’s attraction to Superman.
The dazzling score is by Charles Strouse (Annie) and Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie) and has a book by David Newman and Robert Benton who would go on to write the screenplays for Bonnie & Clyde and several of the Superman movies.
The first true export out of the London Theatre Workshop, since it opened its doors in March 2014; a new musical conceived, written, workshopped and now mounted as a full production, Apartment 40C.
Written by Artistic Directors of London Theatre Workshop, Ray Rackham (book and lyrics) and Tom Lees (music), the musical explores how relationships are affected by the endless possibility of choice. Told over the course of one evening, the musical examines decades of love, happiness, regret and loss; chances taken and options missed; and how it is sometimes impossible to make any kind of distinction between the past and the present.
Rackham and Lees are the team behind London Theatre Workshop’s inaugural production of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days. They are nominees for Best Director of a New Production of a Play or Musical (Rackham) and Best Musical Director of a Fringe Musical (Lees) at this year’s Broadwayworld Awards for Ordinary Days, which itself has been nominated in the Best Musical category at both the Broadwayworld and Off West End Theatre Awards.