The Olivier Awards are going primetime on ITV this year. And that's in addition to other coverage on radio and social media on the night. Which #StageFaves performances are you most looking forward to as part of the show?
If you haven't got a ticket to the ceremony itself at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April 2017, you'll have other opportunities to see this year's Olivier Awards with Mastercard. These include, announced today, a two-hour primetime broadcast of highlights from the event on ITV on Tuesday 11 April 2017 from 8 to 10pm. The programme will broadcast worldwide at the same time, outside the UK, on Facebook.
Meanwhile, on the day itself (Sunday 9 April 2017), Magic Radio will be broadcasting the entire show live, with radio hosts Alice Arnold and Olivier Award-winner Ruthie Henshall, with build-up on air from 5:30pm. Sirius XM will broadcast the show via radio in the US.
And that's not all. Also as part of the build-up, a new Red Carpet Live show debuts this year from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, hosted by Anita Rani, Jamie Lambert and Frank DiLella, exclusively on Facebook. (And carried on the Olivier Awards page here on #StageFaves!)
Which performances will be your faves?
Widely recognised as the most prestigious stage honours, this year’s Olivier Awards are set to be the biggest yet as they make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall and will be hosted by Jason Manford, one of the country's finest comics.
There will be performances from a variety of Olivier nominated musicals. Gary Barlow and Tim Firth will open the show with a unique performance with the cast of The Girls. American star Amber Riley will perform the show-stopping And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls. Tim Minchin will be flying in to represent Groundhog Day which has recently begun previewing on Broadway. Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber will be treated to a fabulous performance from the multi-talented cast of School Of Rock The Musical and a performance from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which is set to return this summer.
Additionally, there will be an exclusive performance from Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, nominated for Best Entertainment and Family - the production is currently on tour across the UK. Broadway legend and six-time Tony Award-winner, Audra McDonald, will perform accompanied by the Olivier Awards’ orchestra during the show’s In Memoriam section. The many guest presenters for the awards will be announced over the coming days.