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‘Hairspray’ Big Winner at Olivier Awards

Written by: Big Ross, CC2K Staff Writer


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Did you think the awards season was over? Not so! In England this weekend the Oliviers were handed out, honoring achievement on the stage in London’s storied West End.

And what’s this? The Yank production Hairspray took the top honors with awards for musical, actress (Leanne Jones), actor (Michael Ball) and supporting performance in a musical (Tracie Bennett). And kudos to geek favorite Chiwetel Ejiofor for his win for best actor for Othello.

Here’s the full list of winners:

MUSICAL

"Hairspray," book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

PLAY

"A Disappearing Number," by Simon McBurney and CompliciteNEW COMEDY

"Rafta, Rafta," by Ayub Khan-Din, based on "All in Good Time" by Bill Naughton

REVIVAL

"Saint Joan," by George Bernard Shaw

ACTOR IN A PLAY

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Othello"

ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Kristin Scott Thomas, "The Seagull"

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Leanne Jones, "Hairspray"

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Michael Ball, "Hairspray"

SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY

Rory Kinnear, "The Man of Mode"

SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Tracie Bennett, "Hairspray"

NEWCOMER IN A PLAY

Tom Hiddleston, "Cymbeline"

MUSICAL REVIVAL

"The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo," adapted from Mozart by Mark Dornford-May, words and music by Mandisi Dyantyis, Mbali Kgosidintsi, Pauline Malefane and Nolufefe Mtshabe

DIRECTOR

Rupert Goold, "Macbeth"

CHOREOGRAPHY

Toby Sedgwick, "War Horse"

SETS

"War Horse," Rae Smith and Handspring Puppet Co.

COSTUMES

"The Man of Mode," Vicki Mortimer

LIGHTING

"Macbeth," Howard Harrison

SOUND

"Saint Joan," Paul Arditti with music by Jocelyn Pook

ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATER

"Gone Too Far," Royal Court Upstairs

NEW DANCE PRODUCTION

"Jewels," Royal Ballet

ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE

Royal Ballet Company for "Jewels"

NEW OPERA PRODUCTION

"Pelleas et Melisande," Royal Opera

ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA

Natalie Dessay, "La Fille du Regiment," Royal Opera

SPECIAL AWARD

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Author: Big Ross, CC2K Staff Writer

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