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The Best Of The 2015 Olivier Awards: Everything You Need To Know

The West End’s Olivier Awards are the equilavent to the Tony Awards here in the states and they surely do deliver in glam and glitz when it comes to the red carpet and the performances. The 2015 Olivier Awards saw a few familiar Broadway Black actors and some outstanding performances from Memphis The Musical & Porgy & Bess.

lenny henryThis year comedian, presenter and acclaimed, award-winning actor Lenny Henry hosted.

Among the nominees were Brandon Victor Dixon for his role in Scottsboro Boys at Garrick Theatre in London. Beverly Knight for her role in Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre. Both were nominated as leading actor and actress in a musical respectively. Watch them both talk about their nominations below along with Rolan Bell for his nomination for supporting role in Memphis The Musical. Not shown in av video below is Jason Pennycooke for his nomination for supporting role for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Memphis The Musical took home the Oliviers for Best Sound Design and Best Choreography.

But were nominated for a total of 7 Oliviers

  • Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music
  • Best Actor in a Musical
  • MasterCard Best New Musical
  • Best Actress in a Musical
  • Best Costume Design (Paul Tazwell)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Also, among the nominees:

For Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Juma Sharkah for her performance in Liberian Girl at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court

Tanya Moodie for her performances in Intimate Apparel at Park Theatre and The House That Will Not Stand at Tricycle Theatre

For Magic Radio Best Musical Revival

The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess  at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Now watch the performances from these shows below, as well as video performances from the pre-show on ITV. We’ve even included the one of Nicole Scherzinger singing Memory from Cats.


Written By

Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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