The Olivier Awards represent the best of the best and are celebrated annually with a star-studded bash chock-full of performances and gushing speeches. The West End's legendary Royal Opera House is to host this year's ceremony, where the 24 winners will be decided. Here, we take a look at some of our favourite nominees:
Best New Musical
We love a good musical here at Travelzoo and up for the gong in 2013 is a diverse selection of shows. "Loserville", which finished in January this year, was a boy-meets-girl rock-fest with a high-energy soundtrack and fantastic choreography, while "The Bodyguard" is a fabulously extravagant adaptation of the 1992 film -- and it genuinely did get us out of our seats dancing. "Top Hat", a nostalgic nod to the golden age of Hollywood featuring some amazing glamour and dance numbers, is also up for the award, as is "Soul Sister", which brought the life and times of Tina Turner to the stage.
Travelzoo's pick: "The Bodyguard"
Best Musical Revival
"A Chorus Line" has received numerous 5-star reviews since its return to the West End and featuring John Partridge ("EastEnders"). "Cabaret" starred Will Young but received average-to-good reviews, "Kiss Me, Kate" enjoyed an acclaimed run at the Old Vic, but it was "Sweeney Todd", starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton as the eponymous barber and his sidekick with a penchant for pies, that really got audiences' pulses racing.
Travelzoo's pick: "Sweeney Todd"
MasterCard Best New Play
"Constellations" was a unique blend of quantum physics and romance, while "The Audience" -- starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II -- continues to receive rave reviews. "This House", a 1970s-set look at the chaotic world of Westminster politics, is a "thoroughbred crowdpleaser", says The Guardian, but it is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", adapted from the Whitbread Award-winning novel of the same name, that has received the most plaudits. This nomination is one of a whopping nine.
Travelzoo's pick: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"
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