15 February 2009

What's On Stage Theatregoers Choice Awards Winners' Concert and Presentation

The nominations and subsequent winners are here . and the press release of the actual concert show reads thus
Awards Concert
Tonight’s Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards Concert is hosted for the second successive year by James Corden and Sheridan Smith and will also include performances by Award nominees Elena Roger (Piaf) and Leila Benn Harris (Imagine This); Siobhan McCarthy (giving a sneak preview of the forthcoming Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow); The Phantom of the Opera star Ramin Karimloo; X Factor finalist turned Blood Brothers leading lady Niki Evans; I’d Do Anything competitors Samantha Barks and Sarah Lark; and American diva Kim Criswell; as well as Suranne Jones, Julie Atherton, Glenn Carter, Ray Shell, Jimmy Johnston and Jackie Marks.

The concert is held in aid of Whatsonstage.com’s adopted charity for 2009, TheatreMAD (Theatre: Make a Difference), which supports those living with HIV, AIDS and other long-term conditions. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and The Sound of Music star Connie Fisher – a former Whatsonstage.com Award winner who was nominated this year for They’re Playing Our Song – will present on behalf of the charity. www.theatremad.org.uk

Other nominees and VIPs due at the Prince of Wales tonight include: Denise Gough, Douglas Hodge, Ella Smith, Jason Pennycooke, Joanna Page, Kevin R McNally, Lesley Sharp, Lesli Margherita, Linda Thorson, Lisa O’Hare, Lorraine Bruce, Malcolm Sinclair, Matt Rawle, Matthew Bourne, Michael Boyd, Michelle Terry, Nick Cavaliere, Patina Miller (the new star of Whoopi Goldberg’s Sister Act), Pip Carter, Rachel Tucker, Rafael Armago, Rolan Bell, Rupert Goold, Sheila Hancock, Steven Berkoff, Suzanne Shaw, Terry Johnson and Tom Piper
More Here and some videos here.

It was enormous fun and James Cordon was far better behaved under the watchful eye of Sheridan rather than the disasterous influence of Johnny Vaughan that was so cringe-worthy at the 24 Hour Plays Gala Night.

We didn't see too many of the interesting guests mingling but we had to wait for the wonderful Kevin R McNally do his photo call outside and then Eddie Izzard to his inside before we went to our seats. Ray Davies was there too!!!

I'm not sure I would bother to go again unless there was a really special reason but I am glad I went to this one.
I should have found some picture really.