A few of Broadway’s best will share their talents in London on April 28 at the annual Olivier Awards, which honor distinguished achievement in West End professional theater. Idina Menzel (Wicked), Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, Hairspray, TV’s Glee), and Heather Headley (Aida) will be among the Broadway stars performing at the Olivier Awards ceremony.
Pop and theater star Petula Clark is also scheduled to perform, as well as the full casts of productions of Top Hat and A Chorus Line. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Sheridan Smith will serve as the evening’s hosts.
The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Opera House and are set to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. The line-up of theater luminaries set to present awards during the ceremony include Daniel Radcliffe (recently seen on Broadway in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Kim Cattrall, and Damian Lewis (TV’s Homeland).
Broadway’s Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, Footloose), now known to a much wider audience thanks to his starring on the musical theater-friendly hit television series Glee, has announced that his latest solo album will be released on June 4. Called Where It All Began, it will be the first recording from Adam Levine’s new 222 label.
Produced by Phil Ramone, Where It All Began is a 12-track collection of Broadway classics, including “Younger Than Springtime,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Luck Be a Lady,” and “Send in the Clowns”. “Singin’ in the Rain,” which Morrison performed on Glee, is also on the album.
Matthew Morrison will be promoting the recording release with a television special titled Where It All Began – Live From the Bushnell, which will be shot in Hartford and air on PBS on June 1.
For musical theater fans looking to celebrate the holidays with some Broadway flair, there is the new “A Very Broadway Christmas” CD. Broadway performers like Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, TV’s Glee), Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Stephanie J. Block (currently on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family, TV’s Smash) and Cathy Rigby (Peter Pan) are among those lending their voices to this recording.
The 13-track CD includes Christmas classics like “Oh Holy Night” and “Let It Snow,” alongside new and lesser-known holiday tunes. The recording also includes impressionist Rich Little delivering a reading of “The Night Before Christmas”.
Visit ChanningArts.org to buy your copy of “A Very Broadway Christmas”. Part of the proceeds from sales of the CD will go to schools in Union Beach, New Jersey that lost their musical instruments and had to cancel music programs and classes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.