The all-star Assassins cast included Catherine Tate, Aaron Tveit, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman and Simon Lipkin - but it was MD Alan Williams who ensured Sondheim sounded so good

First-ever Award for Best Musical Direction goes to…

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Readers of Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye may have spotted that the Mates gave the brilliant Baz a sneak peek at one of our winners in our inaugural Also Recognised Awards.

We’re so proud of introducing the UK’s first-ever Award for Best Musical Direction – along with our partners and passionate campaigners, musical director Mike Dixon and Andrew Keates – that we couldn’t keep it a secret any longer.

So, without further ado, the first of the first Best Musical Direction Award goes to …. Alan Williams for his work on Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1990 Broadway musical Assassins, which ran at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory from 21 November 2014 to 7 March 2015.

There’s a sneak peek of voting for this category below. But, as if you need reminding, there are still nine more categories to be #AlsoRecognised;

  1. Best Original Music
  2. Best Ensemble Performance
  3. Best Solo Performance
  4. Best Shakespearean Production
  5. London Newcomer of the Year
  6. Theatre Event of the Year
  7. Best Show Poster
  8. Best Show Trailer
  9. Best Twitter Engagement

Check back on Monday for the full list of winners, along with all voting results, photos and acceptance remarks. And follow us on Twitter – @MyTheatreMates – for other updates… In the meantime, congratulations, Alan!

To find out more about the Also Recognised Awards, click here.


Thanks for the plug, Baz

Published in the Daily Mail on 24 April 2015


The all-star Assassins cast included Catherine Tate, Aaron Tveit, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman and Simon Lipkin - but it was MD Alan Williams who ensured Sondheim sounded so good

The all-star Assassins cast included Catherine Tate, Aaron Tveit, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman and Simon Lipkin – but it was MD Alan Williams who ensured Sondheim sounded so good

Voting Results for… Best Musical Direction

  • Nominees

    Tom Deering, Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre

    20.9

    %
    Simon Lambert, The Return of the Soldier, Jermyn Street Theatre

    4.3

    %
    Tim Sutton, Memphis, Shaftesbury Theatre

    22.1

    %
    Freddie Tapner, Girlfriends, Union Theatre

    11.7

    %
    Alan Williams, Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory

    28.7

    %
    Elliott Ware, Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead & Harold Pinter Theatres

    12.3

    %
  • Winner

    400Assassins_Menier_dec14Alan Williams, Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory with 28.7% of the vote


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Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Since leaving WhatsOnStage, she has launched MyTheatreMates (which she runs day-to-day) and her pioneering new social media directory for musical theatre, StageFaves.

Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent and the Times. And, separate to her own media ventures, she acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatres, producers and other clients, blogs at www.terripaddock.com and tweets @TerriPaddock.

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Terri Paddock
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Since leaving WhatsOnStage, she has launched MyTheatreMates (which she runs day-to-day) and her pioneering new social media directory for musical theatre, StageFaves.

Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent and the Times. And, separate to her own media ventures, she acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatres, producers and other clients, blogs at www.terripaddock.com and tweets @TerriPaddock.