We are delighted to announced that John Dagleish has won West End Frame's Best Performance of a Song Award for his spellbinding rendition of 'Waterloo Sunset’ in Sunny Afternoon.
Speaking to West End Frame, Dagleish said: "This is such an amazing honour seeing as it was voted for by the public. We're not at the biggest theatre in the West End but we obviously have the best fans, and it's them I want to thank for making this happen. So thank you! You know who you are!
"Also, it can't have hurt my chances of winning when I was nominated for singing one of the greatest songs ever written. Thank you Ray!! Waterloo Sunset's fine!"
Sunny Afternoon, which tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, transferred to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre last year following its premiere at the Hampstead Theatre. Dagleish recently picked up the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Ray Davies in the show.
The incomparable Jon Jon Briones finishes second for his show-stealing performance of ‘American Dream’ in Miss Saigon whilst Kerry Ellis comes third for blowing the roof off the London Palladium with her rendition of ‘Memory’ in Cats. Click here to view the full result.
The 2015 West End Frame Awards began in March with Sunny Afternoon being named Most Inspiring West End Show. Dagleish's win marks the first time the same show has won multiple West End Frame Awards in one year.
Voting for Best Performance of a Song 2015 opened on Friday 8th May and closed on Wednesday 27th May. Last year the Award was won by Tam Mutu for his rendition of ‘Stars’ in Les Miserables. Previous winners also include Rachel Tucker ('Defying Gravity'/Wicked) and Sofia Escobar ('Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again'/The Phantom of the Opera).
Unlike other theatre awards, West End Frame only opens voting for one category at a time and combines male and female actors from new and long-running productions into the same categories (where applicable).
Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to everybody who voted
Photo Credit: Kevin Cummins