ArtsEd students were thrilled to perform at a star-studded Olivier Awards ceremony on Sunday 8 April at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live on ITV and hosted by Catherine Tate.
Principal Chris Hocking said: “It was a real privilege to attend the Oliviers and to watch so many of our talented alumni perform in excerpts from current West End shows along with our current BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students, Year 7 pupils and pupils from our Weekend Classes.”
The London cast of Hamilton opened the 42nd annual Olivier Awards ceremony with a special performance of the show's opening number. ArtsEd alumnus Tarinn Callender, who graduated just last year, plays Hercules, a friend of Hamilton, and James Madison, another founding father.
“Keep your eyes on this one” says Whats On Stage – congratulations Tarinn!
Already making Olivier Awards history with 13 nominations, Hamilton stormed off with seven prizes – the most of any show – including best new musical and two best performances. Other nominees included ArtsEd alumna and Patron, Janie Dee, for 'Follies' at National Theatre, Olivier.
ArtsEd first and second year Musical Theatre students were proud to sing with American star Chita Rivera, performing West Side Story's 'Somewhere' to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the musical's debut in London. Rivera played the role of Anita in both the original Broadway and the London stagings of this classic by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents.
The 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber, ArtsEd President, and Tim Rice’s 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' was also celebrated. Past stars of the musical, including Jason Donovan, Lee Mead, Danielle Hope and Joe McElderry performed in the finale, alongside ArtsEd students and pupils.
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