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"Sunny Afternoon" crowned best musical at Olivier awards

"Sunny Afternoon" crowned best musical at Olivier awards
By Euronews  with Reuters

<p>It was a grand evening for the British musical “Sunny Afternoon” at this year’s Olivier Awards.</p> <p>Based on the story of the 1960’s rock band The Kinks, <a href="http://sunnyafternoonthemusical.com/the-show/" rel="external">"Sunny Afternoon"</a> blew away American competitors and won best musical at the ceremony on Sunday in London.</p> <p>John Dagleish and George Maguire, who play The Kinks brothers Ray and Dave Davies, were awarded best actor and best supporting actor in the musical category.</p> <p>The former lead singer of the Kinks, 70 year-old Ray Davies, also won a special outstanding achievement award for the “Sunny Afternoon” score.</p> <p>“It’s still the same as it was when I first wrote it,” Davies said.</p> <p><a href="http://beautifulmusical.co.uk/" rel="external">"Beautiful - The Carole King Musical"</a> picked up two awards for its stars Katie Brayben and Lorna Want.</p> <p>Brayben took on the role of Carole King for the musical, and her moving portrayal of the legendary American singer and songwriter has won her <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/mar/01/beautiful-carole-king-musical-observer-review" rel="external">plenty of praise</a> in the media, including <a href="http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/i-laughed-i-cried-i-danced-songwriter-carole-king-praises-cast-of-beautiful-10068994.html" rel="external">from King herself</a>.</p> <p>The award for best actor went to Mark Strong, for his ==<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/mark-strong-a-view-bridge-774841" rel="external">brooding performance in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge</a>=. The play also won best revival and best director award for Ivo Van Hove.</p> <p>The role of tragic hero Eddie Carbone had lured Strong back to theatre after 12 years in film.</p> <p>“All those other actors are so great – I just never for a minute thought that it would come to me… I’m just amazed,” he said upon receiving the prize.</p> <p>American actor Kevin Spacey won a Special Award for his contribution to London’s Old Vic theatre, where he has been artistic director since 2004 and until later this year.</p> <p>He closed the ceremony at the Royal Opera House with a rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.</p> <p>Other winners included Dame Angela Lansbury, 89, who won best supporting actress for the role of eccentric medium Madame Arcati in “Blithe Spirit”.</p>