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    Stephen Sondheim to Receive Olivier Special Award

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    The Society of London Theatre has announced that Stephen Sondheim will be the recipient of the Olivier Special Award 2011. He will accept the Award in person, given in recognition of his contribution to London theatre, at the Olivier Awards—London's equivalent of the Tony Awards on Broadway—this Sunday, March 13, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Awards ceremony will conclude with a tribute to Sondheim by performers including Adrian Lester, who starred in Sondheim’s Company, and surprise guests on the night. The Special Award is chosen by the board of the Society of London Theatre; over the years, there have been a total of 24 recipients, including Alec Guinness, Judi Dench, Sam Mendes, and Laurence Olivier himself.

    All of the evening's musical tributes, including special star performances, will be accompanied by the 72-strong BBC Concert Orchestra, under the musical direction of David Charles Abell, with original music and orchestrations provided by Larry Blank.

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