Imelda Staunton won't be back where she belongs - the theatre, that is - quite when we expected. HELLO, DOLLY! is the latest West End postponement in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Here at StageFaves, we could spend hours arguing over our favourite musicals, performers and performances. YouTube channel MsMojo has put together their Top 10 list of the best Tony Awards performances of all time and although contentious, we think it's pretty good!
Last week, it was announced that Imelda Staunton is nominated for TWO Olivier Awards this year - for best actress in a musical AND play. We decided to celebrate by choosing a #StageFavesSongOfTheWeek from "Gypsy", for which her performance as mama Rose won her an Olivier in 2016.
What do Britney Spears and Natalie Portman have in common? Both Hollywood stars got early career breaks in the Off-Broadway musical spoof RUTHLESS, which savagely rips off the likes of Gyspy and is - after 25 years! - finally getting its London premiere at the Arts Theatre this March...
On Wednesday this week (22 March 2017), two of our greatest living musical theatre composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber (69) and Stephen Sondheim (87) both had birthdays. Fellow multi award-winning composer and #StageFave Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrated by throwing a party on Twitter and causing a viral sensation. We invite you to the #SondWebParty here...
After looking back at the musical theatre successes of 2016, Musical Theatre Review opened the year by previewing some of the 2017 musical theatre openings we know about so far in the West End, on the London Fringe and across the UK. Here are some of the big ones coming up fast. Where are we up to?
Is it better to see a musical live on stage, or to snuggle up with a glossier, pre-packaged film alternative? Musical Theatre Appreciation Society's Katie Rose compares her best and worst contenders...
The #StageFaves team had a blast at WEST END BAKE OFF on Saturday. Not only did we gorge ourselves on myriad sweet treats, we also won an Olivier Award for best-ever musical theatre social media directory and got to see the incomparable Christopher Biggins in full-on auction action. And we captured both incidents via Facebook Live. Watch here...
My Theatre Mates, also founded by Stage Faves creator Terri Paddock, today announces the winners of the second-annual Also Recognised Awards. What overlap is there with the Stage Faves database? And with a certain other prize-giving held earlier this week?
We've rounded up backstage pics of your musical #StageFaves winners at the 2016 #OlivierAwards. Plus, watch the video of winners' reactions on the night.
Our founder Terri Paddock was on heading mission control for @StageFaves live-tweeting of the 2016 #OlivierAwards - while also juggling awards coverage of additional non-musical categories for her other sites @MyTheatreMates and @TerriPaddock. Here she rounds up the key tweets as they happened across the three accounts plus the official @OlivierAwards Twitter feed.
UPDATED: Winners' conversion rate now added to this story... There are 13 musical productions in the 2016 Olivier Awards running, all but three of them still running (or, in the case of Bugsy Malone, soon to be returning). Brush up on the tallies and #GetSocial with them all here.
Amongst the nominated musicals, the big winners at the 2016 #OlivierAwards were Gypsy, Kinky Boots and In the Heights. Sadly, Guys and Dolls, Mrs Henderson Presents, Bend It Like Beckham and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers all went home empty-handed.
Here's a reminder of all the full shortlists in the 2016 Olivier Awards, with a Stage Faves focus on musicals. Plus, watch Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton read the nominations at the star-studded nominations event in February.
UPDATED: Imelda Staunton wins Best Actress in a Musical for Gypsy. Brush up on all all you need to know about Imelda and other worthy contenders Laura Pitt-Pulford, Natalie Dew, Sophie Thompson and Tracie Bennett.
UPDATED: Lara Pulver wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Here's your crib sheet on Lara as well as the other worthy Olivier contenders in this category Amy Lennox, Emma Williams, Lara Pulver and Preeya Kalidas.
UPDATED: David Bedella wins Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for In the Heights. Brush up on your knowledge with our guide to him and the other men who wowed the judges with their supporting performances this year: Dan Burton, Gavin Spokes and Peter Davison.
The Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard – the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar – has revealed further details of the star-studded ceremony, hosted by two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House.