Once Olivier Award

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Once Olivier Award#1
Posted: 10/9/13 at 11:21pm
It looks like Once will win the Olivier Award. Book of Mormon with its over vulgar and mixed reviews and Charlie with its bad book will not win against a simple well told musical. Which I think shows that a good story and good music you can win awards. It got better reviews than both and personally for my money is a much better concept.
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Once Olivier Award#2
Posted: 10/10/13 at 3:44am
Bit early to predict this?

I'm a big fan of Once but we still have several shows to open before the deadline (25 Feb) although Urinetown will miss that cut off as they only begin previews by then.

We may all be surprised and find Stephen Ward is great.
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Once Olivier Award#2
Posted: 10/10/13 at 4:24am
I agree it's hard to predict - there are still shows to open and my crystal ball cannot fathom the minds and personal tastes of the Olivier voters. But if the decision were mine alone ONCE would win the Olivier for Best Musical by a mile. It ticks all the boxes for me - a truly beautiful, moving and visually stunning piece of theatre with songs to die for.

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Updated On: 10/10/13 at 04:24 AM
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Once Olivier Award#3
Posted: 10/10/13 at 4:39am
It will be a really interesting year for Best New Musical. Both Once and Mormon are Tony Winners. Over here, one of them is selling out, the other is struggling. I can't wait to see how they both do!
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Once Olivier Award#4
Posted: 10/10/13 at 9:44am
Do you think The Commitments will be considered a musical or a play? Because I've seen it referred to as a "play with music" many, many times.
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Once Olivier Award#5
Posted: 10/12/13 at 9:29am
I'm assuming Jenna Russell is a lock for best actress in a musical for Merrily. I don't know of anyone who comes close to the performance she gave 8 times a week in that show.
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Once Olivier Award#6
Posted: 10/12/13 at 9:50am
It'll probably be Jenna Russell or Rosalie Craig for Best Actress based on the Light Princess reviews; even if the show doesn't win anything, Ms Craig will undoubtedly be nominated for her performance and has to be great while "floating" for most of the show.
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Once Olivier Award#7
Posted: 10/12/13 at 9:46pm
I thought Charlotte Wakefield was excellent as Maria in the Sound of Music, she oozed the vulnerability the role commands. so no not a lock.

I could see Book o Mormon winning, but also losing if the judging panel is prudich, there might be a anti American backlash after the farcical Tony awards were turned into a xenophobic anti Britih.

I wouldn't be surprised if best musical was won by the Scottsboro Boys even.
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Once Olivier Award#8
Posted: 10/13/13 at 3:43pm
You don't win awards for playing Maria these days, I'm afraid, no matter what you do with that role. Russell was perfection in Merrily, and deserves another gong in 2014.
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Once Olivier Award#9
Posted: 10/13/13 at 5:57pm
Depends on how well you play the role Maria, she was a revelation in this role, then again I wouldn't be surprised if Jenna Russell did go on and win, how ever she wasn't as good as her co stars.
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Once Olivier Award#10
Posted: 10/13/13 at 8:44pm
I didn't see The Sound Of Music in the Park so cannot comment on Charlotte's performance, though I'm sure she was wonderful. For my money, the Olivier for Best Actress in a Musical is a two horse race:

Zrinka Cviteši, who is so fabulous in Once - her performance is just so full of truth;
Jenna Russell, who - despite Damian & Mark's superb performances - totally stole the show both times I saw Merrily at the Pinter.


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Updated On: 10/13/13 at 08:44 PM
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Once Olivier Award#11
Posted: 10/13/13 at 8:56pm
Phantom, I don't know how you could say that she wasn't as good as her costars, she was electric on that stage. Heartbreaking performance.
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Once Olivier Award#12
Posted: 10/14/13 at 4:09pm
Definitely too early to predict.

There's a lot to consider this year aside from Once. As far as new musicals go, I personally think I'm yet to see a strong contender this year. With Stephen Ward, From Here to Eternity and The Scottsboro Boys still to come, I'm pretty sure it won't be as simple as Once or Book Of Mormon. And despite the mixed reviews The Light Princess is still a contender; after all, the Olivier panel often has a soft spot for NT.

As for Best Actress in a Musical, if Jenna Russell's name is not written all over it I'd be seriously stunned.
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Once Olivier Award#13
Posted: 10/17/13 at 4:17am
I do believe that it is too early to tell. I also think the best play large . I wonder though because it will be big who will the awards??? will be a difficult decision
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Once Olivier Award#14
Posted: 10/17/13 at 2:12pm
Much as I love Jenna Russell, Zrinka's performance in Once is head and shoulders above any other actress in a musical thus far.
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