Thursday, 9 July 2015

VOTE: Understudy of the Year 2015

Voting is now open for West End Frame's Understudy of the Year Award 2015!

Voting opened on Thursday 9th July at 1pm and will close at 3pm on Wednesday 12th 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.

'Follow' us on Twitter and Instagram and 'Like' us on Facebook for exclusive updates during the voting period and to be the first to find out when the result is announced on Friday 14th August. The result can be previewed until Tuesday 28th July.

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. 

Vote below! Please note our system only allows one vote per IP address. Multiple votes from the same IP address will not be counted. We would like to stress that, as thousands of votes have been counted, even nominees with lower percentages have received hundreds of votes. Understudy of the Year is about celebrating all understudies/alternates/standbys in the industry - they do an incredible job. Thank you for your support!

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED
The result will be announced on Friday 14th August 2015

Please email any questions about this award to contact@westendframe.com. Voting must close at 3pm on Wednesday 12th August 2015. Please note our system only allows one vote per IP address. Multiple votes from the same IP address will not be counted.

61 comments:

  1. When I saw Wicked Jacqueline Hughes took over in the interval and I couldn't believe it! She has to win!

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  2. Zoe Birkett for her role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard. I was absolutely blown away by her vocals and acting. The best show I have ever seen, so many good reviews. Stunning performance from Zoe, she deserves to win this!

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  3. Jacqueline is insanely good, the perfect blend of powerhouse and heartbreaking emotion. I really hope she gets it!

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  4. Gotta be Ollie Savile...

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  5. Jackie Hughes 150% - insanely talented!!

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    1. She really is so good at playing Rachel Marron, so talented. She deserves this award.

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    2. Yes :) love another Zoe supporter 👍

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  7. Joanna Woodward was superb as Carole King in 'Beautiful'; So good, in fact, we want to go back and see the show again, but specifically when SHE takes the lead!

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  8. I am sure everyone is extremely talented - but how can you compare an alternate, who has at least two performances a week to an understudy who has no idea when they will have to step up and is therefore much less rehearsed?

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  9. Not true at all, that doesn't mean someone is less rehearsed. Our girl (Zoe) works so hard and gives 100% every time she is on that stage. She deserves this so much!

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  10. Not sure what you're saying. I am saying the understudy is less rehearsed as they do not have guaranteed performances - they have to concentrate on getting their principal part nailed first.

    An understudy and an alternate are very different things, both hugely talented individuals, but in my view they cannot be compared. Two different categories perhaps?

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  11. Wicked will always win as they have a huge fan base that vote regardless - shame as many of the others are so deserving as well.

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    1. Wicked has never won before!

      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).

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    2. If that was the case all of the Wicked nominees would be in the lead.. which they clearly are not. Jackie is very much in keeping with the spirit of this award. She's worked her way up from ensemble, swing, second cover Elphaba to now being Standby Elphaba in the UK Tour. I can't think of anyone more deserving.

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    3. Wicked themselves have not mentioned the award.

      The Bodyguard's official Twitter has, that puts Wicked at a disadvantage right from the start. Throw in Alexandra Burke urging her fan base to vote too...

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    4. Wicked can if they wanted to, no one is stopping them. So how is it unfair? Don't think it is and Alexandra is just supporting her friend like other cast members of wicked are doing, just the same!

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    5. Get off your high horse Jenny W!

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  12. seen zoe bickett in #bodyguard it was terrific first time I have seen her and was in awe of her talent

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    1. Love your comment. She is so talented, I've seen her In a number of shows and she always puts 100% in to every single one.

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  13. Zoe Birkett has worked her way up from pop idol and she deserves this award so much and all of us will fight for her till the very end. We aren't going anywhere.

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  14. Gabby Brooks, she absolutely blew me away, she's so young and especially in the shadow of the amazing Alexia Khadime she most definitely held her own. Extremely extremely deserving! Didn't even know she was an understudy until I looked in the program and was utterly shocked.

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  15. Jacqueline Hughes is amazing in the Wicked tour! I have seen her twice now and she totally deserves to win this award!

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  16. Jackie Hughes hands down! She's worked her ass off to get where she is. This girl has raw talent. She's also been performing most shows in Salford as Ashleigh Gray hasn't been too well. I cannot this of anyone more deserving of this award than her!

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  17. Saw Adam Bayjou perform last night as Jean Valjean - he was brilliant. He has form as an understudy earlier this year too, in Sondheim's Assassins at Menier Chocolate Factory, and was excellent there too. If you haven't seen him sing as Valjean would strongly recommend you do! Pete.

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  18. Jacqui Hughes to win, started in Wicked as a Swing and has worked her way up. Could easily be the London lead, she is that good.

    Best Elphaba for years.

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    1. How many times! Think once is enough!

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  21. We were lucky enough to see Natalie Andreou in Wicked whilst on a trip to London. Her portrayal of Elphaba was simply stunning - you could see that she puts her every inch of her soul into playing the part. An incredible talent and one to watch!

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  22. Jackie Hughes without a shadow of a doubt!

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  23. Zoe birkett she was a amazing Rachel in the bodyguard!! Her talent is incredible

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    1. 👍 she really is so talented and deserves this so much. We need all the votes we can.

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  24. Jacqueline Hughes! She was amazing when I saw her as Elphaba!

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  25. Shouldn't this be taken more seriously? There should be a panel that sees ALL the understudy performances and then vote. It's currently a comp for fans. And the obsession is laughable.

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    1. Obsession?!!!!

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    2. I agree!!!!! It's Ridiculous!!

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  26. Jacqueline Hughes her performance as Elphaba was absolutely amazing you felt every word the emotion and power in her voice was outstanding best show I'v ever seen.

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  27. Indeed...obsession for one performer to win. Saturating this feed. Go and see other understudies and understand there are equally impressive understudy performances.... other than the talented outstanding Jacqueline Hughes..... but you won't know know that until you see them!

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    1. Who says that people haven't seen them? Assumptions are a wonderful thing...

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  28. Jacqueline was fabulous when I saw her in Liverpool. Didn't know she was Standby until I looked in my programme. Was blown away!

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  29. Zoe Birkettwo best of luck. You deserve to win

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  30. Jackie Hughes pulled out the best Fiyero riff I have ever heard/witnessed.The pipes on this girl are absolutely phenomenal. She deserves this more than anyone!!

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  31. Jacqueline Hughes gave outstanding performances. Vocals and acting were amazing. Took our breath away! Well done Jacq's xxx

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  32. It has to be Adam Bayjou, awesome performer

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  35. Refreshing and inspiring performance by Zoe Birkett.

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  36. Jacqueline Hughes was fantastic when I saw her in Wicked. Incredible talent and so lovely at stage door too. My vote definitely goes to her. Hope she wins!

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  37. Saw POTO on Saturday night - was honestly amazed when I found out that the actor playing Raoul was the understudy! Oliver Savile was the standout performer for me!

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  38. wow Zoe Birkett is an ammazing extremely talented young lady. Her vocals are incredable and she was the most perfect tribute to a very speacial lady. Zoe Birkett is the best under study ever and she will go far

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    1. Wouldn't say best understudy ever... she wants it so bad it's actually quite embarrassing how much she's 'begging' for votes.

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  39. Zoe is fab,so very talented,vocals are just brilliant

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  40. Sophie Linder-Lee all the way for me, I never thought anyone could be as good as Savannah Stevenson but when she was out with a broken foot I thought Sophie was stunning.

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    1. I don't like Savannah's Glinda at all - Sophie is much better!!

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  41. I saw Alex Tomkins playing Deco in The Commitments the night he broke his hand on stage. For that alone he'd get my vote. But he also has an exceptional voice.

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  42. Sophie was outstanding in Wicked...Sophie to win! 💚

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