Come From Away, the Canadian Broadway hit shines on award night
British theater’s Olivier Awards had some big winners in Come From Away, Company and The Inheritance. Each won four awards at the award show held on Sunday.
Come From Away tells the story of a how small Canadian town served as a refuge to several thousands of airline passengers in the days after the 9/11 attacks. The musical won the best new musical and a couple of other awards including; outstanding achievement in music and choreography, and sound.
Kelly Devine, the choreographer of Come From Away, dedicated the choreography award to everyone in Gander, Nfld who went out of their way “to show the world what true kindness is about.”
Stephen Sondheim’s Company won the award for best musical revival. Speaking about the success of the musical, Marianne Elliott the director said, “the positive change in the industry that has made the celebration of female stories possible and vital is the bedrock of our success.”
Company also took home the award for best-supporting actress, and supporting actor won by Patti LuPone and Jonathan Bailey respectively. Company also won the award for set design.
In the play category, best new play award went to The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s drama that tells the story of young gay lives in New York.
Lopez said he was “elated” by the success of his play, which coincidentally had its world premiere at Young VIC Theatre in London.
“Over the years there have been lots of Brits coming over to take the Tonys, it’s about time we do the time we did the same,” Lopez said.
Lopez also mentioned it would be a delight for the show to get a Broadway run, now that the play has been shown in London.
“It was amazing seeing the audience responses,” he said when reacting to the how the theatergoers in London saw the play. “They even got some of the New York jokes as well.”
The Inheritance also won awards for lighting and direction, while also taking home the big one in best actor in a play, an award won by Kyle Soller.
The red carpet was packed full with stars such as Tom Hiddleston, Sally Field and so on.
Special recognition was given to The Lion King and Mamma Mia. Both iconic musicals were celebrating 20 years in London’s West End.