April 4 2016
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THERE was disappointment last night at The Olivier Awards for the “Bend it Like Beckham” musical – as they left empty-handed.
The show which enjoyed an extended run of more than six months at The Phoenix in London’s West End lost out to “Kinky Boots” at Adelphi in the Best New Musical cateogry.
Preeya Kalidas missed out in the best actress in a supporting role in a musical to Lara Pulver for “Gypsy”.
Natalie Dew lost out for the best actress in a musical to Imelda Staunton for “Guys and Dolls”.
“In the Heights” took the award for outstanding achievement in music – the category in which Howard Goodall for the music, Charles Hart for the lyrics and orchestrations by Goodall and Kuljit Bhamra, missed out.
Katrina Lindsay lost out in the best costume category to Gregg Barnes for “Kinky Boots”.
Denise Gough, who won in the best actress category for “People, Places And Things” at National Theatre at the Dorfman, called for greater diversity and said the awards did not recognise what was happening in the theatre. She said progress has been made but not enough and cited the work of several black actors as inspiring.
However, Gurinder Chadha, the film director behind the successful tranisition of Bend It from screen to musical theatre, remained philosophical. See her tweet below.
And perhaps the Hounslow Harriers put it into perspective (see tweet below)…and maybe we don’t want to say #olivierssowhite…even though Matt Henry (below with Killian Donnelly and Amy Lennox) did win the best actor in a musical…always 2017!
- Interview with Natalie Dew
- Gurinder Chadha on the inspiration for adapting her film to musical theatre
All pics: Olivier Awards with Mastercard