We are delighted to confirm the full list of nominees for West End Frame's Understudy of the Year Award 2015.
Running as part of the 2015 West End Frame Awards, voting for Understudy of the Year will open tomorrow (Thursday 9th July) at 1pm. Voting closes at 3pm on Wednesday 12th August and the winner will be announced on Friday 14th August.
The award is a celebration of standbys, alternates and understudies, without whom the West End wouldn't be able to function. Due to public demand, this year for the first time ever 3 understudies/alternates/standbys from UK touring productions have been nominated alongside 25 West End understudies/alternates/standbys.
Understudies nominated include: Adam Bayjou (understudy Jean Valjean/Les Miserables), Charlotte Scott (understudy Miss Honey/Matilda), Claire Parrish (understudy Ellen/Miss Saigon), Dylan Turner (understudy Gerry Goffin/Beautiful), Emma Thornett (understudy Rose Narracott/War Horse), Gabrielle Brooks (understudy Nabalungi/The Book of Mormon), Henry Davis (understudy Tommy Devito/Jersey Boys UK Tour), Joanna Woodward (understudy Carole King/Beautiful), Mike Evans (understudy Richard Hannay/The 39 Steps), Nick Sayce (understudy Mick, Collins, Wace & Ray/Sunny Afternoon), Oliver Savile (understudy Raoul/Phantom of the Opera), Ross Hunter (understudy Elder Price/The Book of Mormon), Ryan O'Donnell (understudy Ray Davies/Sunny Afternoon) and Sejal Keshwala (understudy Pinky/Bend It Like Beckham)
Nominated alternates include: Alex Tomkins (alternate Deco/The Commitments), Christian Rey Marbella (alternate Engineer/Miss Saigon), Emmi Christensson (alternate Christine Daaé/Phantom of the Opera), Jon Robyns (alternate Huey/Memphis), Kaffe Keating (alternate Christopher Boone/Curious Incident), Rachel John (alternate Felicia/Memphis), Sandy Moffat (alternate Frankie Valli/Jersey Boys), Shona White (alternate Donna/Mamma Mia!), Wendy Somerville (alternate Mrs Wilkinson/Billy Elliot The Musical) and Zoë Birkett (alternate Rachel Marron/The Bodyguard UK Tour).
Nominated standbys include: Jacqueline Hughes (standby Elphaba/Wicked UK Tour), Jamie Golding (standby Timon, Zazu & Pumbaa/The Lion King), Natalie Andreou (standby Elphaba/Wicked) and Sophie Linder-Lee (standby Glinda/Wicked).
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).
Last year’s Understudy of the Year Award was won by Carolyn Maitland for understudying Ellen in Miss Saigon. Previous winners also include: Ashley Day (understudy Elder Price/The Book of Mormon) and Katy Treharne (alternate Christine/The Phantom of the Opera).
The 2015 West End Frame Awards began in March with Sunny Afternoon being named Most Inspiring West End Show and in May John Dagleish won Best Performance of a Song for his rendition of ‘Waterloo Sunset’ in Sunny Afternoon.
Voting opens at 1pm tomorrow (9th July)
Over the moon with this today guys @West_End_Frame @PhantomOpera #StillBuzzing voting opens tomorrow at 1pm pic.twitter.com/vUYP7jNnTz— Oliver Savile (@oliversavile) July 8, 2015
Thank you very much for the nomination! :) https://t.co/0iVE58EE7x— Emmi Christensson (@EmmiChristensso) July 8, 2015
Thank you @West_End_Frame for the nomination from myself and the cast of @TheBodyguardUK VOTE opens tomorrow ! pic.twitter.com/TM8k1jWXeP— Zoe Birkett (@iamzoebirkett) July 8, 2015
So...I've been nominated for #understudyoftheyear! award. That's quite cool isn't it! @39StepsPlay @stagecentre https://t.co/q0vGeVNVSv— Mike Evans (@mikee_vans) July 8, 2015
@West_End_Frame thank you for my nomination. Second time for me @MammaMiaMusical after @BroadwayWorldUK last year #maybethistime 💜— Shona White (@singinghaggis) July 8, 2015
Remember when I was on for Pinky? No?! Well I've only been nominated: Understudy of the Year! Thanks @West_End_Frame pic.twitter.com/ZT6XLPZ3x1— Sejal Keshwala (@SejalKeshwala) July 8, 2015
Thank you @West_End_Frame!!! So lovely to be nominated and representing @MatildaMusical xxx pic.twitter.com/ZA18bOcXeh— Charlotte Scott (@LottieScott86) July 8, 2015
Proud to be representing @JerseyBoysUK in the @West_End_Frame awards! Nominated for my performance as alternate Frankie Valli! #vote— Sandy Moffat (@sandy_moffat) July 8, 2015
Well this is nice! I certainly won't win it, but it's nice to be considered! Thank you! @West_End_Frame https://t.co/oNsxtylF1m— Jamie Golding (@jamiegolding1) July 8, 2015
CRIKEY! Thank you so much! So excited to be nominated for #UnderstudyOfTheYear award @West_End_Frame 💚😘 https://t.co/Xcj4KCpHVb— Natalie Andreou (@natalie_andreou) July 8, 2015
So excited to be nominated for @West_End_Frame's understudy of the year. What an awesome surprise! 😊 https://t.co/7dtNVHC5YT— Gabrielle Brooks (@GabbyBro) July 8, 2015
What a wonderful way to start my #Glinda run tomorrow with a @west_end_frame #UnderstudyOfTheYear… https://t.co/IMx6eAMprL— Sophie Linder-Lee (@sophielinderlee) July 8, 2015
So very thrilled to be nominated by @West_End_Frame for this wonderful award. Thank you. 😃 #UnderstudyOfTheYear pic.twitter.com/SUR5VEqY3i— Adam Bayjou (@AdamBayjou) July 8, 2015
Wow! Thanks @West_End_Frame & all who nominated me! Representing @BeautifulInLDN in #UnderstudyOfTheYear @TheAldwych pic.twitter.com/T3Oy5hUJMl— Joanna Woodward (@JoannaWoodward) July 8, 2015
Can't believe this 💚 Nominated for #UnderstudyOfTheYear @WickedUK #SBElphaba @West_End_Frame TOTALLY OVERWHELMED! ☺️ pic.twitter.com/5CpBr3WZVG— Jacqueline Hughes (@_jackiehughes) July 8, 2015
@West_End_Frame Thank you kinldy for the nomination, I'm honoured!— Nick Sayce (@Nicksayce) July 8, 2015
Thank you! Really lovely https://t.co/Xiik8Rd0OS— Henry Davis (@henrydavis87) July 8, 2015