Shortlist Announced for Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical; Voting Now Open | Playbill

News Shortlist Announced for Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical; Voting Now Open The shortlist for the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical, which will be presented as part of the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, has been announced.

It is the only award to be decided by a public vote rather than the expert panel who the Standard appoint to choose the other awards. The danger, as reported here previously, is that "there's no second guessing a public vote, of course, except that instead of being a vote for what's best it … inevitably turns out to be for what is most popular — and there's no guarantee that those who cast their votes will have even seen the shows, but could be voting following social media pressure instead."

On Elaine Paige's weekly Radio 2 show broadcast Oct. 4, the presenter opened the voting and announced that the shortlisted musicals are:

  • Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory
  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aldwych
  • Bend it Like Beckham, Phoenix
  • Gypsy, Savoy Theatre
  • Kinky Boots, Adelphi
In a press statement, Paige commented, "This is an incredible shortlist with so many of my favourite hit London shows from the past 12 months. It’s going to be such a difficult task for the listeners of BBC Radio 2 to pick a favourite!"

The winner of the award will be announced live from the awards ceremony Nov. 22, as part of Claire Teal's Sunday night programme on BBC Radio 2 between 9 PM-11 PM. Radio 2 will then broadcast highlights of the awards with backstage interviews, performances and reporting from the red carpet in a special Radio 2 Arts Show, presented by Anneka Rice, Nov. 27.

Listeners have until midnight Oct. 25 to cast their vote at

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