The Olivier Awards with MasterCard are delighted to announce that two world-wide musical stars will be joining the line-up for the 40th Anniversary Ceremony. Grammy and Tony Award-winning musician Cyndi Lauper is set to perform both on her own and in a unique collaboration following the seven nominations for Kinky Boots, which features music written by Cyndi. Michael Feinstein, master of The Great American Songbook, will also be performing on the night, joining a variety of past winners in a special 40th anniversary segment.
For the first time ever, all eight nominees for Best Musical Revival and MasterCard Best New Musical will be performing on the Royal Opera House stage. The nominees for MasterCard Best New Musical are Bend It Like Beckham, In The Heights, Kinky Boots and Mrs Henderson Presents. The Nominees for Best Musical Revival are Bugsy Malone, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.
Kit Harington, Amber Riley and the cast of The Maids – Laura Carmichael, Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton – are also joining the line-up on the night. They join the following previously announced guests, all of whom are past Olivier Award winners: Matthew Bourne, Sharon D. Clarke, Paul Copley, Daniel Evans, Julia McKenzie, Lesley Manville, Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson, Zoë Wanamaker and Leigh Zimmerman.
More performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
The awards will be hosted by double Olivier Award-winning Michael Ball.
The ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on ITV and Mellow Magic, Magic Radio’s new digital station. Shortly after the ceremony, extended highlights will be broadcast on ITV 1 at 22:15. The full ceremony will be shown on ITV 3 on Monday 4 April at 23:00. Both broadcasts will be available on the ITV Hub for the following 30 days. Mellow Magic will broadcast the ceremony live.
International audiences will be able to watch the full broadcast of the star-studded ceremony on the Olivier Awards’ new YouTube channel from 22:00 (BST) on Sunday 3 April. (www.youtube.com/olivierawards).
Musical theatre stars Carrie Hope Fletcher and Michael Xavier will host the ITV Stage in Covent Garden. The shortlisted shows for the Magic Radio Audience Award will be performing and will be live-streamed on the Olivier Awards’ YouTube channel.
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