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Olivier Awards Spotlight: Best New Musical

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The most prestigious theatre award event of the year is almost upon us. The Olivier Awards celebrate the best of British theatrical talent and this year the stakes are high.

As we have just four weeks until the acclaimed ceremony we’re putting the spotlight on each category to give us an idea of who might take home one of the esteemed awards.

The nominations for Best New Musical are:

Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre

This musical might be new to our stage but 35 years ago Dreamgirls began its story on Broadway earning itself, rave reviews and some Tony Awards along the way. Featuring songs such as ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’ and having the incredible Amber Riley as our leading lady – it’s no surprise it’s earnt itself a nomination in this category.

Having earnt four and five-star reviews since its opening night and being described as 'a dazzling show... a performance that's at all times exhilarating' by The Evening Standard, Dreamgirls really is a contender.

The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre

 

The original #CalendarGirls celebrating the launch of #TheGirlsMusical with #GaryBarlow and #TimFirth

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Although probably not as anticipated as Dreamgirls, this musical had an incredible press night. The Girls opened at the Phoenix Theatre to rave reviews last year. The show, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, tells the famous story of Yorkshire’s Calendar Girls.

Having been dubbed ‘a life-enhancing thrill’ by Metro, The Girls has proved itself a crowd-pleaser. It may not have the grandeur or catchy hits as Dreamgirls but it’s a more homegrown, truly British musical and it may just get its hands on the award.

Groundhog Day at the Old Vic

 

Today is a good day! Here's the first production shot of #GroundhogDay. #TimMinchin #musical

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Having only had a ten-week season last year, this may be the underdog of the list. Having said that, it has all the ingredients needed to create a great musical. A wonderful story, and a story that people are familiar with, a great stage, and a strong creative team.

Tim Minchin was responsible for the music in Groundhog Day – the same man who created the smash musical numbers in Matilda the Musical. Matilda went on to win 15 awards for Best Musical including a total of seven awards at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, securing its place in the Book of Guinness World Records for Most Laurence Olivier award wins. Could Minchin’s latest project grab the same award? Everyone loves the underdog.

School of Rock the Musical at the New London Theatre

One of my personal favourites this year, School of Rock the musical has all the punch, power and perfection needed to win this award. It was long awaited and set to be Andrew Lloyd Webber's next hit and it didn’t disappoint!

The musical offers us incredible young talent in the shape of its band of children who play LIVE every damn night; a super catchy soundtrack and all the nostalgia we hoped for. Having already picked up the WhatsOnStage award for Best New Musical – I’m pretty confident they can repeat this success at the Olivier’s this April.

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