Seven of your #StageFaves performers are in the long-list running for Best Musical Performance in this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards - plus, audiences will decide which of six shows take home the Best Musical gong on 13 November 2016. Congratulations to them all, we say!
Longlists were announced in today's newspaper for the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Winners for these annual awards, the first of the season's theatrical prize-givings and now in their 63rd year, will be announced in a ceremony at the Old Vic Theatre on Sunday 13 November 2016.
In addition to Play categories including Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Play, there are two specific musical categories, listed below. There are also some musical nods in cross-genre (albeit play-dominated) categories: in the Best Director field, Matthew Warchus is long-listed for Groundhog Day; and in the Emerging Talent field, Tyrone Huntley is long-listed for his Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Best Musical Performance
- Gina Beck, Show Boat (New London Theatre)
- Glenn Close, Sunset Boulevard (Coliseum)
- Andy Karl, Groundhog Day (Old Vic)
- Jenna Russell, Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse)
- Sheridan Smith, Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factor/Savoy Theatre)
- Rebecca Trehearn, Show Boat (New London)
- Michael Xavier, Sunset Boulevard (Coliseum)
The final shortlist for this and other standard categories in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016 will be announced on Monday 24 October 2016. There are also special awards - the Beyond Theatre prize, Editor’s Award and the Lebedev Award - which will also be announced at the ceremony on 13 November. And, finally, audience have the chance to vote for one of the following six shortlisted shows for the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical.
Best Musical - Radio 2 Audience Award
- Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory/Savoy Theatre)
- Groundhog Day (Old Vic)
- Guys & Dolls (Savoy/Phoenix Theatres)
- Jesus Christ Superstar (Open Air Theatre)
- Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre) - the NT told us this is a play so didn't qualify for #StageFaves inclusion (#justsaying!)
- Sunset Boulevard (Coliseum)
Best Muscial vting closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 23 October 2016. Click here to vote.