The Sound of Music has scooped the prize for Best Musical Revival at this year’s seventh annual whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards.
More than 12,000 voted in this year’s awards which ask theatregoers to pick their favourite shows and performances from the last 12 months.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, the hit BBC1 television programme which plucked Connie Fisher from obscurity and turned her into a West End star, was named as the Theatre Event of the Year.
Connie Fisher also has cause to celebrate with her second second major prize in less than a fortnight. She has been named London Newcomer of the Year for her role as Maria Von Trapp.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “When you try something new in theatre, there are always those who will criticise and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? was no exception. But the whole experience has been so worthwhile. Not only have we achieved our goal of finding a new star for The Sound of Music, but so many of the finalists have gone on to secure their first professional roles in musical theatre, as a direct result of the show. I am hugely proud of the talent the show unearthed and of the fact that we showcased musical theatre in front of millions of TV viewers every week for twelve weeks.”
Evita was also recognised at this year’s awards. Rob Ashford was voted Best Choreographer for his work on the West-End revival.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I am so pleased Rob has been recognised for Evita. His dazzling variations on the tango and the waltz bring a distinctive Latin American energy to the production”.
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