Glenn Close, Tyrone Huntley and Jesus Christ Superstars were the musical winners at the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, announced tonight at the Old Vic Theatre, where guests also got a sneak-peek of Amber Riley's forthcoming Dreamgirls performance. Watch video highlights below and click here for photos from the night...
The winners of the 62nd London Evening Standard Theatre Awards were announced tonight at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Old Vic Theatre.
For her Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, a performance she'll soon reprise on Broadway, Glenn Close beat off competition from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl and Andy Karl in Groundhog Day.
Meanwhile, Jesus Christ Superstar won two prizes: the Audience Award for Best Musical and the Emerging Talent Award for Tyrone Huntley, who played Judas at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber accepted the second, noting it's taken 45 years for his rock musical to scoop an Evening Standard prize.
In other musical excitement on the night, Amber Riley - the Glee star who will appear with Tyrone Huntley in Dreamgirls, soon to open at the Savoy Theatre - gave a sneak-peek of her performance in the show, singing "And I am Telling You I’m not Going" for the star-studded audience.
Best Musical Performance - Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard
Glenn Close on her Sunset Boulevard win #ESTheatreAwards pic.twitter.com/A94RN6FkPK— ES Entertainment (@StandardEnts) November 13, 2016
Audience Award for Best Musical - Jesus Christ Superstar
It's taken 45 years for Jesus Christ Superstar to win an award says Lord Lloyd Webber #ESTheatreAwards pic.twitter.com/UPAZcUV7Ge— EveningStandard Arts (@thestandardarts) November 13, 2016
Emerging Talent Award - Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar
Tyrone Huntley accepts his award #ESTheatreAwards pic.twitter.com/TjgEIHh0eZ— EveningStandard Arts (@thestandardarts) November 13, 2016
...Meanwhile, Tyrone's current co-star in Dreamgirls, Amber Riley, gives up a sneak-peek of her performance in the Broadway transfer...
The audience can't get enough of the amazing Amber Riley from Dream Girls #ESTheatreAwards pic.twitter.com/cfWoXOS8Li— ES Entertainment (@StandardEnts) November 13, 2016