OLIVIERS 2012: Did MATILDA Deserve All Those Awards?

April 17
5:04 AM 2012
OLIVIERS 2012: Did MATILDA Deserve All Those Awards?

I guess all awards are purely subjective and depend on the tastes of those who are responsible for choosing the winners. So it's no real surprise that those choosing the Olivier Award winners do not always come up with the same choices as I would make!

It was certainly no surprise that Matilda dominated the musicals awards categories as it had been widely predicted to do so. Sadly though, I appear to be in a very small minority not to have been blown away by this show. I admired and recognized the quality of the production but I have to be honest and say I was quite bored by the piece itself. Its style of humour did not appeal to me and I did not feel it had the "heart" of say, a Billy Elliot.

The musical which most blew me away in 2011 was Ghost. But, I guess with all the hype surrounding the Minchin show, it did not stand ghost of a chance of winning anything!

Performance-wise, my only Olivier gripe is that Caissie Levy was not even nominated. I adored her performance in Ghost and honestly thought it was one of the most astonishing vocal performances I've heard on stage in recent years.


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Robert Gould Robert Gould is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea, a former teacher, a writer of history books for schools (The French Revolution and European Nationalism, 1848-71) and the librettist and lyricist of a number of musicals. Collaborating with composer Ty Kroll, he has written the book and lyrics for the musicals, Lovers, Alone and Vocalize!. Concerts of songs from Lovers and Vocalize! were presented at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (in March 2002 and April 2003) and Alone received its world premiere staging in Madison, Wisconsin in April 2003. He has co-written the book & lyrics(with Jimmy Granstrom) for The Dying Game, a musical that speaks for the victims of HIV/AIDS in Africa (with music by Filip von Uexkull, Ty Kroll & Tristan Bons) - which received a showcase production at the Greenwich Musical Futures season in 2005. He wrote lyrics for the Tim Prottey-Jones albums More With Every Line and Surrounded By The Sounds and is currently developing the musical Roundabout with songwriter Joe Sterling and the musicals Based On A True Story, Elephant Juice, Grace Notes, Flop and My Land's Shore with composer Christopher J. Orton.

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