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2016 Olivier Award Winners & Watch Full Show!

Jerrica White

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As the awards season continues to roll along, we’re counting down the days until the Tonys, and enjoying the awards shows in between. The Olivier Awards, The West End’s equivalent to the Tony Awards, took place on Sunday April 3, 2016, celebrating the best of London’s theatre.

The 2016 Olivier Awards saw a few familiar Broadway Black actors and we were pleased to see Matt Henry take home the prize for Best Actor for his portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots. The Tony winning show also won Best New Musical.

Sharon D. Clarke, of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, performed during the ceremony. The August Wilson’s play, which originally ran in London in 1989, and was nominated for the Tony for Best Play in 1985, won Best Revival.

Hamilton mastermind, Lin-Manuel Miranda, picked up an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Theater, along with Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, for their work on In The Heights.

The complete list of winners & video of the entire show can be found below.

Congratulations to the 2016 Olivier Award Winners!

Best actor

Winner: Kenneth Cranham for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre

Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Adrian Lester for Red Velvet at Garrick Theatre

Mark Rylance for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Best actress

Winner: Denise Gough for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Gemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Nicole Kidman for Photograph 51 at Noël Coward Theatre

Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse

Lia Williams for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Best actor in a supporting role

Winner: Mark Gatiss for Three Days In The Country at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Michael Pennington for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Tom Sturridge for American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre

David Suchet for The Importance Of Being Earnest at Vaudeville Theatre

Best actress in a supporting role

Winner: Judi Dench for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Michele Dotrice for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Melody Grove for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Catherine Steadman for Oppenheimer at Vaudeville Theatre

Best director

Winner: Robert Icke for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Matthew Dunster for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre

Jonathan Kent for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Best actor in a supporting role in a musical

Winner: David Bedella for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Dan Burton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Peter Davison for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Gavin Spokes for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best actress in a supporting role in a musical

Winner: Lara Pulver for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Preeya Kalidas for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Amy Lennox for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Emma Williams for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noel Coward Theatre

Best musical revival

Winner: Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Bugsy Malone at Lyric Hammersmith

Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best actor in a musical

Winner: Matt Henry for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Ian Bartholomew for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre

Killian Donnelly for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

David Haig for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Jamie Parker for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best actress in a musical

Winner: Imelda Staunton for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Tracie Bennett for Mrs Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Theatre

Natalie Dew for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Laura Pitt-Pulford for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Sophie Thompson for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Best new musical

Winner: Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

In the Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Mrs Henderson Presents at Noel Coward Theatre

Best revival

Winner: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at National Theatre, Lyttelton

Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Donmar Warehouse

The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Best new comedy

Winner: Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Hand To God at Vaudeville Theatre

Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Apollo Theatre

Best new opera

Winner: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at Royal Opera House

The Force Of Destiny at London Coliseum

Morgen Und Abend at Royal Opera House

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force Of Destiny, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk and The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum

Felicity Palmer for The Queen Of Spades at London Coliseum

Sir Antonio Pappano for his conducting of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Guillaume Tell and Krol Roger at Royal Opera House

Tamara Wilson for The Force Of Destiny at London Coliseum

Outstanding achievement in opera

Winner: English National Opera chorus and orchestra for The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtensk and The Queen of Spades at London Coliseum

Felicity Palmer for The Queen of Spades at London Coliseum

Antonio Pappano for his conducting of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci,Guillaume Tell and Krol Roger at Royal Opera House

Tamara Wilson for The Force of Destiny at London Coliseum

Outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre

Winner: Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent at Soho Theatre

Barbarians at The Clare, Young Vic

Phil Dunster for his role in Pink Mist at Bush Theatre

Violence And Son at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court

Best new play

Winner: Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre

Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre

The Father at Wyndham’s TheatreOlivier Awards 2016: The winners

People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Best entertainment and family

Winner: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Apollo Theatre

Alice’s Adventures Underground at The Vaults

Dr Seuss’s The Lorax at The Old Vic

I Want My Hat Back at National Theatre, Temporary Theatre

Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Best new dance production

Winner: Woolf Works by Wayne McGregor at Royal Opera House

He Who Falls (Celui Qui Tombe) by Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois at the Barbican

Romeo Et Juliette by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo at London Coliseum

Outstanding achievement in dance

Winner: Alessandra Ferri for her performances in Cheri and Woolf Works at Royal Opera House

Javier De Frutos for his choreography of Anatomy Of A Passing Cloud at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House

Sasha Waltz for her choreography of Sacre at Sadler’s Wells

Outstanding achievement in music

Winner: In The Heights – Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda at King’s Cross Theatre

Bend It Like Beckham – Music by Howard Goodall, Lyrics by Charles Hart and Orchestrations by Howard Goodall and Kuljit Bhamra at Phoenix Theatre

Farinelli And The King – Claire van Kampen for Musical Arrangements, the Musicians and Iestyn Davies and the Singers who alternated the singing role of Farinelli at Duke of York’s Theatre

Kinky Boots – Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus at Adelphi Theatre

Best theatre choreographer

Winner: Drew McOnie for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre

Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright for Guys And Dolls at Savoy Theatre

Stephen Mear for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Jerry Mitchell for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Best costume design

Winner: Gregg Barnes for Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

Hugh Durrant for Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre

Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Katrina Lindsay for Bend It Like Beckham at Phoenix Theatre

Best set design

Winner: Anna Fleischle for Hangmen at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court & Wyndham’s Theatre

Hildegard Bechtler for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

Es Devlin for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli And The King at Duke of York’s Theatre

Best lighting design

Winner: Mark Henderson for Gypsy at Savoy Theatre

Neil Austin for The Winter’s Tale at Garrick Theatre

Natasha Chivers for Oresteia at Almeida Theatre

James Farncombe for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

Best sound design

Winner: Tom Gibbons for People, Places And Things at National Theatre, Dorfman

George Dennis for The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios 1

Christopher Shutt for The Father at Wyndham’s Theatre

Christopher Shutt for Hamlet at Barbican Theatre

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Cynthia Erivo Nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award

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Cynthia Erivo at Opening Night of the Color Purple. Photo by Drew Shade

Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo, known for her transformative performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple is now one of five actors nominated for the British Academy of Film’s 2019 Rising Star Awards.

Most recently seen alongside Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s Widows, Erivo says:

“I’m ever grateful to BAFTA and the jury panel for nominating me for the 2019 EE Rising Star Award. It means the world to me to be acknowledged by the community that, for most of my life, I’ve known as home. Thank you for this incredible honour.” – Cynthia Erivo

The BAFTA Awards will take place on February 10th.

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Get Your War Clothes On: Billy Porter Energizes in GLAAD Acceptance Speech

Jerrica White

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So, I have a question.

In the same line of thought as “innocent until proven guilty,” do we grant the assumption of positive intent in our expectations of our brothers and sister in regards to woke-ness, à la woke until proven problematic?

Now don’t get me wrong, there was no doubt in my heart that Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Billy Porter, was woke. Nope, none. What I wasn’t ready for, was the way he fixed his fingers to pen one of the greatest acceptance speeches of my lifetime, and how he turned the Gospel classic “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” into a battle song.

The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honored Billy Porter with the Vito Russo Award, presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.

He started by affirming the room full of members of marginalized communities, with my personal daily mantra: “You are enough. we are enough.”

Since the beginning of time artists are the folks who engage critically and encourage those who think they are powerless to question the status quo.

Brothers and sisters across the room leaned in.

The days of shut up and sing are over.

Alliteration informed and illustrated as Porter preached on remaining “vigilantly visual” as we tell our stories. Acknowledging the reality of our times, he spoke on Number 45:

Where they slipped up this time is in that declaration of war. It’s not only against Black and Brown people and Queer people anymore, it’s against ALL of us. And as a result, the good news is: white folk, and straight folk, and all those fierce women folk, are mad now. And NOW maybe something might get done!

Get. Your. War. Clothes. On.

From slavery to emancipation, to the 13th Amendment, to Jim Crow, to the Civil Rights Movement. From Stonewall to AIDS, to marriage equality— we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on—the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear. Let’s use these historical strides we’ve made as a nation to empower us as warriors on this battlefield of equality.

Amen.

Until we can figure out how to love one another unconditionally, no one wins. Freedom. Equality. Justice. Have always come at a cost and evidently the always will.

If that’s not the truth.

Stay strong. Stay vigilante. Stay visible. Stay hopeful. Stay focused. Be brave. Be fierce.

Resist.

RESIST.

RESIST.

RESIST.

For a full list of this year’s winners, honorees, and guests, visit GLAAD.

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