Awards, awards……

As more awards events approach, it is time to vote and nominate.

The WhatsOnStage Awards 2020 are currently accepting your nominations to be considered for their awards shortlists.

This is a great opportunity for you to nominate your own choices in a wide range of categories. To get started, go to the WhatsOnStage website here

The Broadway World Awards shortlist has been announced and you can vote until Friday 22nd November, with the results being announced shortly afterwards.

Some notable nominees include three mentions for the marvellous show AMELIE The Musical (on its way into London for Christmas), Audrey Brisson as Lead Actress and Madeleine Girling for Best Set Design as well as a nomination for Best New Regional or Touring Production. You can read my **** review here

Nominated for Best Ensemble in a New Production of a Play or Musical are the excellent SpitLip for OPERATION MINCEMEAT, an hugely inventive and delightfully funny musical, soon to encore at the Southwark Playhouse in January (read my **** review here) ; also nominated is THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (read my ***1/2 review here)

Best Actor in a Musical nominees include Tyrone Huntley for THE VIEW UPSTAIRS (see my **** review here) and the excellent David Hunter for WAITRESS.

Best Supporting Actress in a New Production of a Musical will be a very hotly contested category, with strong nominations including the excellent Rebecca Caine for PRELUDES (ready my **** review here), Madalena Alberto for ON YOUR FEET! (read my ***1/2 star review here), Laura Pitt-Pulford for FALSETTOS (read my **** star review here) and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for THE VIEW UPSTAIRS (read my ****star review here)

Takis receives a well-deserved nomination for Best Costume Design of a New Production of a Play or Musical for his work on AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (read my **** star review here)

The Best New Production of a Musical category includes two strong contenders, FIVER (read my ***1/2 star review here) and STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE from Sheffield Theatres.

Sheffield has also scored a number of nominations for THE LIFE OF PI, coming to the West End next year. Its nominations include Best Direction for Max Webster, Best Actor for Hiran Abeysekera, Best Video or Projection Design for Andrzej Goulding,

Best New Production of a Play includes the excellent OUT OF WATER (read my **** star review here)

PRELUDES (mentioned earlier) is also nominated for Best Lighting Design, by Christopher Nairne.

A category that I particularly like in the BWW Awards is the Best Performance by an Understudy/Alternate in Any Play or Musical, giving overdue recognition to understudies and alternates.

You can find the full Broadway World shortlist and current front runners here

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