Thursday, February 7, 2008

Help Canadians in the West End

Join On Stratford Stage in supporting our Canadian shows (and one actor) abroad. Vote now for the 2008 London Theatregoers' Choice Theatre Awards.

Nominations are as follows.

For The Drowsy Chaperone (2007, London):

-- The Superbreak Best New Musical (book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar; music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison);
-- Best Actress in a Musical (Summer Strallen);
-- Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Elaine Paige);
-- Best Choreographer (Casey Nicholaw).

For The Lord of the Rings: The Musical (2007, London):

-- The Superbreak Best New Musical (book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus; music by AR Rahman, Varttina, and Christopher Nightingale);
-- Best Actor in a Musical (James Loye);
-- Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Michael Therriault);
-- Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Laura Michelle Kelly);
-- Best Set Designer (Rob Howell);
-- Best Choreographer (Peter Darling).

Noticably absent is Man in Chair Bob Martin, who was nominated yesterday for a Laurence Olivier Award for his delightful, unapologetic theatre addict.

On the flip side, we're thrilled to see a nod for Michael Therriault, who was neglected by the Olivier Awards.

Therriault was a darling of the first Birmingham Conservatory, and made a name for himself at the then-Stratford Festival of Canada with such classic roles as Ariel in The Tempest (1999) and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (2001).

His musical theatre credits include Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof (2000, Stratford; 2004, Broadway) and Leo Bloom in The Producers (2003, Toronto).

Vote now for Therriault at

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