A gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” the 9/11-related musical “Come From Away,” and a seven-hour gay-themed play, “The Inheritance,” each won four Olivier Awards in London on Sunday.
Stage icon Patti LuPone took home one of the Oliviers – Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys – for “Company,” for best supporting actress in a musical. Her fellow “Company” cast member Jonathan Bailey, whose lightning-fast, show-stopping rendition of the song “Not Getting Married Today” became a must-see West End event, won for best supporting actor in a musical.
The new iteration of “Company” drew rave reviews – and, unusually, had Sondheim’s permission – for turning the original male protagonist, Bobby, into Bobbi, a thirty-something woman dealing with commitment issues. The production won the Olivier for best revival of a musical. It was directed by Marianne Elliott, whose revival last year of “Angels in America,” starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, also received widespread acclaim.
“Come From Away” was named best new musical. The story of a Canadian town that took in stranded airline passengers immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the musical also won a trophy for choreographer Kelly Devine.
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The Olivier for best new play went to “The Inheritance,” which explores the relationships and friendships of several gay American men of the post-AIDS-crisis generation. The two-parter by U.S. playwright Matthew Lopez, which is headed to Broadway, is inspired by and loosely based on the novel “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, who also happens to be a character in the play.
Stephen Daldry won the Olivier for his direction of “The Inheritance,” and Kyle Soller won for best actor for his performance in the play, which also featured a brief appearance by Vanessa Redgrave. Patsy Ferran won the best actress award for her turn in “Summer and Smoke,” which was named best revival of a play.
Sharon D. Clarke was honored as best actress in a musical for her bravura turn in the title role of Tony Kushner’s “Caroline, or Change.” Kobna Holdbrook-Smith won for best actor in a musical playing Ike Turner in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.”
Monica Dolan took home the trophy for best supporting actress in a play, performing opposite Gillian Anderson in “All About Eve.” Chris Walley won the best supporting actor award for “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.”
“Home, I’m Darling” was named best new comedy.
The full list of Olivier Award winners:
BEST NEW PLAY
BEST NEW MUSICAL
“Come From Away”
Stephen Daldry, “The Inheritance”
Kyle Soller, “The Inheritance”
Patsy Ferran, “Summer and Smoke”
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, “The Tina Turner Musical”
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sharon D. Clarke, “Caroline, or Change”
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Chris Walley, “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Monica Dolan, “All About Eve”
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Jonathan Bailey, “Company”
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Patti LuPone, “Company”
“Summer and Smoke”
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
BEST NEW COMEDY
“Home, I’m Darling”
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AFFILIATE THEATRE
“Flesh and Bone”
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Jon Clark, “The Inheritance”
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Gareth Owen, “Come From Away”
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Catherine Zuber, “The King and I”
BEST SET DESIGN
Bunny Christie, “Company”
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC
“Come From Away” – Book, Music and Lyrics: David Hein and Irene Sankoff; Music Supervisor, Arrangements: Ian Eisendrath; Orchestrations: August Eriksmoen; Musical Director/UK Music Supervisor: Alan Berry; and the band
BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
“Blkdog” by Botis Seva
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
Akram Khan, “Xenos”
BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY
“A Monster Calls”
BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”
BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
“Katya Kabanova,” Royal Opera House
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA
The ensemble of “Porgy and Bess”
SOCIETY OF LONDON THEATRE SPECIAL AWARD