Eddie Redmayne has said playing the role of the famous cabaret emcee is his “dream” after winning an Olivier Award for his performance in the show’s West End revival.
he Oscar-winning star won Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of the extravagant master of ceremonies during the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The revival of the hit show that transformed the West End’s Playhouse Theater into the Kit Kat Club proved to be the hot ticket of the night, winning seven of the eleven awards nominated.
She took home the coveted award for Best Musical Revival, while Jessie Buckley won Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Sally Bowles on the show.
Redmayne accepted his award and said, “This is the dream. For me this is the one.
“That was the role I played in school as a kid. It was what really fueled my passion for theater.”
The actor also paid tribute to his co-star Buckley, noting that he would never have “got on this ride” if she hadn’t agreed to do it with him.
He told PA: “Every night I would introduce them as a cabaret and then peek through the curtain and see them roar, that track was the stuff dreams are made of. You are one of the greats and I thank you for this privilege.”
Buckley seemed overcome with emotion as she accepted her award, saying: “It’s such a privilege to be a part of this community that I consider my family. Thank you for welcoming me all those years ago. It’s just so beautiful.”
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Liza Sadovy also won Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role on the show, while Elliot Levey won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Sadovy told the PA news agency in the Olivier winners’ room that being part of the show felt like a “full circle” moment as cabaret had been such a part of her life growing up, to the extent that she Elizabeth changed her name from Jane to Liza Jane in homage to Liza Minnelli – who played the role of Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version.
She added that working with Redmayne and Buckley was “absolutely amazing” and described them as “inventive and brave”.
Levey also praised Redmayne’s handling of cast leadership, saying his work ethic was “inspirational.”
He added: “I think the truth is when big stars come and try theatre, if they can’t I kind of write them off.
“I think they’re great and wonderful, but there’s a little bit of me that’s like, ‘You’re not decent.’ Eddie Redmayne – right.”
Rebecca Frecknall also won Best Director for directing the production, which also won the Gong for Best Audio.
Freckle revealed that her father had played the role of Emcee in 1975, which made the moment even more special.
Amy Lennox, who has taken on the role of Buckley as Sally Bowles, also gave a stunning solo performance of Life Is A Cabaret during the ceremony, with Redmayne briefly gracing his role as Emcee as he introduced her.
The ceremony also included performances from West End shows including Frozen, Moulin Rouge! and get up, get up! The Bob Marley Musical.
Life Of Pi, based on Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, won five awards at the ceremony, including Best New Play.
Star Hiran Abeysekera took home Best Actor, while the seven actors who play the tiger shared Best Supporting Actor.
Sheila Atim won Best Actress for Constellations, which won Best Revival, while Back To The Future won Best New Musical.
Liz Carr won Best Supporting Actress for her role in A Normal Heart, while Pride And Prejudice (Sort Of) won Best Entertainment or Comedy.
The awards ceremony also recognized those within the industry who have died in recent years, including actor Sir Antony Sher, actress Dame Barbara Windsor and composer Stephen Sondheim.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/eddie-redmayne-reflects-on-dream-cabaret-role-after-scooping-olivier-award-41540170.html Eddie Redmayne ponders his ‘dream’ cabaret role after winning the Olivier Award