Square 1 Theatrics Nominated for 9 Olivier Awards, Wins 2 for Memphis the Musical

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Square 1 Theatrics won two, 2015 Olivier Awards for Memphis the Musical, including Best Sound Design for Gareth Owen and Best Theatre Choreographer for Sergio Trujillo.

Jay Krottinger and Ryan Tanner of Square 1 Theatrics on the red carpet at the 2015 Olivier Awards.

Tulsa’s Square 1 Theatrics has earned yet another set of coveted theatrical awards. The co-producers of Memphis the Musical took home 2 Olivier awards on Sunday, including Best Sound Design for Gareth Owen and Best Theatre Choreographer for Sergio Trujillo.

Other nominations included:

  • Best Costume Design – Paul T azewell
  • Autograph Sound Award For Outstanding Achievement In Music – David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Tim Sutton and the Memphis Band
  • Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical – Rolan Bell
  • Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical – Jason Pennycooke
  • Best Actor In A Musical – Killian Donnelly
  • Best Actress In A Musical – Beverley Knight
  • Best New Musical – Memphis

The Best Actress in a Supporting role Award was presented to Angela Lansbury for her return to the London stage in Blithe Spirit after an absence of nearly 40 years. This was her first-ever Olivier Award. Kevin Spacey won the Olivier Special Award to recognize his ten-year tenure as artistic director at London's Old Vic Theatre, a position which he leaves this year. Beverley Knight joined Spacey for a performance of "Bridge over Troubled Water" as the show’s finale.

The Olivier Award winners were announced at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London on Sunday, April 12. The Olivier Awards, established in 1976 and named after Laurence Olivier, are Britain's most prestigious stage honors and commonly compared to Broadway's Tony Awards. Memphis was this year’s most nominated production.

Memphis premiered on October 23, 2014 in London’s West End. The production continues to run at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Memphis is the winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as four Drama Desk Awards and four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. Memphis first opened on Broadway in 2009 and ran until August 5, 2012, grossing over $104 million.

Square 1, formed by Jay Krottinger and Ryan Tanner in 2011, took home four Tony awards in 2013 for PIPPIN, including Best Revival of a Musical. PIPPIN also earned Square 1 an Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award for their involvement in restaging Stephen Schwartz’s 1972 musical.

This is the first international production for Square 1, a Tulsa-based production company that has grown significantly since its inception. The company has produced two Broadway productions, including the acclaimed A Time to Kill and the Tony Award-Winning revival of PIPPIN. The production of PIPPIN began a national tour in Fall 2014.

A complete list of Olivier Award winners can be found at olivierawards.com. For more information, visit square1theatrics.com.

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