Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone to present the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone

Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone

WhatsOnStage today announce that Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone will present the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards in the sold-out concert at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 February.

Also confirmed today is the full line up of performers with Gary Trainor and company singing ‘Teacher’s Pet’ from School of Rock – currently running at the New London Theatre;Tyrone Huntley performing ‘Heaven on their Minds’ from Jesus Christ Superstar – returning to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer;  Joanna Riding performing ‘Scarborough’ from The Girls accompanied by Gary Barlow – currently in preview at the Phoenix Theatre; Amber Riley and Liisi LaFontaine performing ‘Listen’ from Dreamgirls – currently running at the Savoy Theatre; Trevor Dion Nicholas and Dean John-Wilson performing ‘Somebody’s Got Your Back’ from Aladdin – running at the Price Edward Theatre; Ria Jones singing ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’ from Sunset Boulevard ahead of a new national tour; and the company of Half a Sixpence performing ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’- currently running at the Noël Coward Theatre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child leads the field with 11 nominations – the first time a play has dominated the nominations. It is in the running for Best Actor in a Play for Jamie Parker, Best Supporting Actress in a Play nominations for both Noma Dumezweni and Poppy Miller and Best Supporting Actor in a Play nominations for Anthony Boyle and Paul Thornley, Best New Play, Best Direction nod for John Tiffany, Best Set Design for Christine Jones, Katrina Lindsay for Best Costume Design, Finn Ross and Ash Woodward for Best Video Design and Neil Austin for Lighting Design. Leading the musical theatre categories is Half a Sixpence, with 8 nominations including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Charlie Stemp.