What a year it’s been for the musicals of London and the West End. Just look at the nominees list for the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard: a brilliant and eclectic mix of world-class musicals on the London scene.
While we’re eagerly anticipating the ceremony this Sunday (7 April) at the Royal Albert Hall – which you can follow along with through OfficialLondonTheatre.com – we’ve been spending our days reminiscing about some of the past year’s best sounds. Just take the Mastercard Best New Musical and Magic Radio Best Musical Revival nominees: their soundtracks comprise folk, pop, jazz, classical musical theatre – and so much more.
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So to get suitably excited for the big event, we’ve put together this Spotify playlist of some of our favourite songs which appear in these categories. Plug your headphones in, turn the volume up, and lose yourself in the sounds of these Olivier Award-nominated shows.
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Please note that recordings of songs from Come From Away and Fun Home have been sourced from their respective Original Broadway Cast recordings. The King And I soundtrack originates from the same production’s 2015 Broadway run (with a slightly different cast).
There are no songs from Caroline, Or Change, which was nominated for Magic Radio Best Musical Revival, available on Spotify in the United Kingdom; they are included in the playlist for external users, and have been sourced from the Original Broadway Cast Recording. You can find out more about Caroline, Or Change here.
First published 21 March; Updated 5 April