Whatsonstage Award Winners 2011
It was recently the time for the Whatsonstage Awards to arrive in London to crown the best shows and performers in town. The annual awards ceremony is one of the many highlights of a season that also features the recent Evening Standard Awards and the upcoming Laurence Olivier Awards, but its method of choosing winners by public voting makes it a strong indicator of which shows are hitting home with London theatre audiences.
Most outlets agree that it was Legally Blonde the Musical to come out on top this year, taking home the awards for ‘Best New Musical’, ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ (Sheridan Smith), ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’ (Jill Halfpenny) and ‘Best Choreographer’ (Jerry Mitchell).
The show has been running at the Savoy Theatre since early in 2010 and has proved to be a popular production. The latest in a long line of musicals that has its origins in a movie of the same name, it follows the story of Elle Woods as she enrols in a course at Harvard Law School after getting dumped by her boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Love Never Dies was another musical to receive recognition at the ceremony, landing the awards for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ (Ramin Karimloo) and ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Musical’ (Joseph Millson).
The show was closed in November so that Andrew Lloyd Webber could carry out re-writes, with many agreeing that the show has since been improved as a result. The sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, it follows Christine Daaé as she is invited to perform at Coney Island, unaware that she has been lured there by a mysterious figure from her past. It continues to run at the Adelphi Theatre.
Another winner was the Apollo Theatre play All My Sons, which starred both Zoe Wanamaker and David Suchet – both of whom earned Best Actor/Actress accolades. Meanwhile, other winners include The Little Dog Laughed, Shirley Valentine, Wicked, Yes, Prime Minister, Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Production, Hamlet and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Legally Blonde continues at the Savoy Theatre and is currently booking until Saturday 29th October 2011.