英语新闻 Olivier Awards 2017 Conjure Record-Breaking 9 Wins for ‘Harry Potter
In a festive ceremony hosted by Jason Manford at the Royal Albert Hall, the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards honored the best of London theater April 9. Shattering the record for most statues ever presented to a theatrical production was “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which won nine accolades in total, including best new play.
The West End hit (bound for Broadway in 2018) from J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and director John Tiffany had been nominated in 11 categories, the most of any play in the awards’ history. Recognized in the title role was Jamie Parker, as well as supporting actors Noma Dumezweni and Anthony Boyle.
In his acceptance speech for best director, Tiffany stressed the importance of arts funding and education. It was a theme presenters and honorees returned to throughout the evening; the child stars of “School of Rock The Musical,” winning the award for outstanding achievement in music, told children watching the telecast to “pick up an instrument, learn how to play it, and practice every day.”
Mark Rylance echoed the words of advice while presenting the evening’s special award to Kenneth Branagh, in recognition of his decades-spanning stage work. The multihyphenate artist was surprised onstage by the entire company of his Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. “Wherever you are, wherever you’re from, dream,” he said in his speech. “Dream big. Don’t be frightened.”
The award for best new musical went to “Groundhog Day,” Tim Minchin’s critical hit now playing on Broadway. Andy Karl, unable to attend the Oliviers due to the Broadway engagement, won the trophy for best actor in a musical. Amber Riley beat out the competition with a leading actress win for “Dreamgirls,” which also picked up the win for supporting actor Adam J. Bernard. Minchin, Riley, and the casts of all of this year’s nominated musical productions performed rousing numbers throughout the telecast.
Winning for best musical revival and play, respectively, were “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the Young Vic’s “Yerma.” The latter production also notched a win for leading actress Billie Piper.
Established in 1976 and renamed in 1984, the Olivier Awards are Britain’s most prestigious honors for the stage and performing arts.
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