Olivier Awards walk in 'Park With George'
EmptyLONDON -- In a year when the West End was brimming with song and dance, the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George" was named outstanding musical production at the Laurence Olivier Awards on Sunday.
The show, which transferred last year from the Menier's small stage for a hit run at Wyndham's Theater, won four other Olivier Awards -- the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards -- with Daniel Evans named best actor in a musical and Jenna Russell best actress in a musical.
First produced on Broadway in 1984, "Sunday in the Park," with book by James Lapine, melds music to the paintings of George Seurrat. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was a multiple Tony Award winner. The new production, directed by Sam Buntrock, also won Oliviers for set design and lighting design.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Arthur Miller's 1953 drama "The Crucible" was named best revival with Dominic Cooke winning as best director. "Caroline, or Change," with book and lyrics by Tony Kushner and music by Jeanine Tesori, won the prize for best new musical. The show about race and human rights, which had a summer run on Broadway in 2004, was directed by Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe at the National Theatre.
David Harrower's hard-hitting drama "Blackbird," which deals with sexual harassment, was named best new play while Patrick Barlow's comic adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's film of John Buchan's "The 39 Steps" won the best comedy award.
Rufus Sewell won as best actor for Tom Stoppard's Broadway-bound new political drama "Rock 'n' Roll," which opened at the Royal Court and moved to the Duke of York's theatre. Tamsin Greig, one of the stars of TV's "Green Wing" was named best actress for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production at the Novello Theatre of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."
The Society of London Theatre presents the Olivier Awards annually with the prizes handed out during a banquet at Grosvenor House on London's Park Lane.
A complete list of Laurence Olivier Awards 2007 follows.
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
"Sunday in the Park With George," music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, Wyndham's
"The Crucible," by Arthur Miller, Gielgud
BEST NEW PLAY
"Blackbird," by David Harrower, Albery
BEST NEW MUSICAL
"Caroline, or Change," book and lyrics by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori, National Theatre
BEST NEW COMEDY
John Buchan's "The 39 Steps," adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, Criterion
Dominic Cooke, "The Crucible," Gielgud
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Daniel Evans, "Sunday in the Park with George," Wyndham's
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jenna Russell, "Sunday in the Park with George," Wyndham's
Rufus Sewell, "Rock 'n' Roll," Royal Court and Duke of York's
Tamsin Greig, "Much Ado About Nothing," Novello
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jim Norton, "The Seafarer," National Theatre
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Sheila Hancock, "Cabaret," Lyric
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
"Cabaret," Javier de Frutos, Lyric
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Natasha Chivers and Mike Robertson, "Sunday in the Park with George," Wyndham's
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Gareth Fry, "Waves," National Theatre
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alison Chitty, "The Voysey Inheritance," National Theatre
BEST SET DESIGN
David Farley and Timothy Bird, "Sunday in the Park with George," Wyndhams
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
The Royal Ballet's "Chroma," Royal Opera House
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Carlos Acosta for his program of work and his performances at Sadler's Wells
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OR PERFORMANCE IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRE
"Pied Piper," Theatre Royal, Stratford East
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
English National Opera's "Jenufa," London Coliseum
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
Amanda Roocroft, for her performance in the English National Opera's "Jenufa," London Coliseum
THE SOCIETY'S SPECIAL AWARD
Sir John Tomlinson, opera singer.