By Bethany Rickwald • Dec 5, 2014 • New York City
The WhatsOnStage Awards offer West End audiences a chance to vote for their favorite performers each theater season. Big musicals dominate the nominations this year, with 12 nominations for Miss Saigon, which is closely followed by Memphis the Musical with 10 and Urinetown the Musical with seven. In the musical performance categories Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon) and Beverley Knight (Memphis) compete against Madalena Alberto, Gemma Arterton (Made in Dagenham), and Jenna Russell (Urinetown the Musical). The Best Actor in a Musical category, meanwhile, features Alistair Brammer and Jon Jon Briones, both from Miss Saigon, up against Killian Donnelly and Robert Lindsay for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Marti Pellow for Evita.
The Best Actor in a Play category is chock-full of fan favorites, with David Tennant, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Armitage battling for the recognition. Hiddleston, known for playing Loki in the Avengers films, is nominated for leading the cast of Donmar Warehouse's Coriolanus, while Doctor Who's David Tennant is also receiving a nomination for Shakespeare with his performance as Richard II at the Barbican. Tom Bateman is nominated for playing a heartthrob version of William Shakespeare himself in Shakespeare in Love.