Belfast Telegraph

Monday 25 May 2015

Mel C, Billie on awards shortlist

Spice Girl Mel C is nominated for a top theatre award
Spice Girl Mel C is nominated for a top theatre award

Mel C and Billie Piper have both been nominated for top theatrical awards.

The Spice Girl is up for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Whatsonstage.com awards.

The singer's co-star Tim Minchin has also been recognised with a Best Supporting Actor nod.

Billie is up for the coveted Best Actress in a Play gong for her turn in The Effect. The former pop star faces competition from the likes of Julie Walters, nominated for her performance in The Last Of The Haussmans, Sheridan Smith, former EastEnders star Jill Halfpenny, Hattie Morahan and Sally Hawkins.

Other big names to be nominated include Mark Rylance - up for Best Actor in a Play for his performances in Twelfth Night and Richard III.

Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Play, as is Stephen Fry who made his long-awaited return to the stage after 17 years in Twelfth Night.

The West End debuts of Rob Brydon and former Pop Idol star Will Young are both recognised with a nomination for London Newcomer of the Year.

The newly opened stage version of the Whitney Houston blockbuster The Bodyguard has six nods including Best New Musical. Nominated for their roles in the show, which only officially premiered in the West End this week, are Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen. The pair, who are up for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Musical, take the roles made famous by late diva Whitney and co-star Kevin Costner in the Hollywood movie.

Danny Boyle's triumphant Olympic opening ceremony is shortlisted for Theatre Event of the Year.

Voting begins on Friday December 7 and closes at the end of January, with the winners announced at an event at the West End's Palace Theatre in February.

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