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Hamilton's record breaking has continued across the Atlantic, with Lin-Manuel Miranda's revolutionary musical on Tuesday earning 13 nominations for the U.K.'s Olivier Awards, the most for any production in the London theater honors' history.
The production — which opened in December at the West End's Victoria Palace Theater, where it's playing to sell-out houses — came away as the frontrunner for best new musical, also chalking up best actor nods for both Jamael Westman as Alexander Hamilton and Giles Terera as his adversary, Aaron Burr. Miranda himself bagged a nomination in the outstanding achievement in music category.
While the robust London showing fell short of Hamilton's history-making 16 Tony nominations, the musical also scored three supporting actor and one supporting actress mentions, plus nominations for direction, theater choreography, lighting, costumes and sound.
Jez Butterworth's Northern Ireland-set The Ferryman led the new play contenders with eight nominations, including best direction for Sam Mendes and best actor for Paddy Considine. The production, which originated at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End, will open on Broadway in the fall.
The National Theatre revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, which is currently in previews on Broadway for a March 25 opening, also fared well with six nominations. Those include one for lead actor Andrew Garfield, who has transferred with the production to New York, along with much of the London cast.
Other notable nominations included Bryan Cranston (Network) and Andrew Scott (Hamlet), who join Garfield and Considine in the best actor in a play category, plus recent Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (Long Day's Journey into Night), up for best actress in a play alongside Laura Donnelly (The Ferryman), Imelda Staunton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill).
Among musical productions that scored multiple nominations in Hamilton's shadow is the National Theatre's revival of Follies with 10, including a second this year for five-time previous Olivier winner Staunton as best actress. The Old Vic's premiere of Conor McPherson's Girl From the North Country, which features a score of Bob Dylan classics, earned five nominations, including lead acting slots for Ciaran Hinds and Shirley Henderson. That production has been widely tipped for a Broadway transfer next season. Also landing five noms was the popular hit Everybody's Talking About Jamie, an uplifting musical that began life at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, inspired by the real-life story of a gay 16-year-old boy determined to wear a dress to his school prom.
In the nonmusical stakes, the four nominations for director Ivo van Hove's reimagining of Network at the National should fuel ongoing speculation as to whether that media satire will make the jump to Broadway; much no doubt depends on Cranston's willingness to take on the physically and emotionally demanding role of unhinged newscaster Howard Beale for eight performances a week. Cranston won a lead actor in a play Tony Award in 2014, as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way.
Also earning four noms was Ink, playwright James Graham and director Rupert Goold's bracing ride through the early days in the late 1960s of Rupert Murdoch's reign on Fleet Street, when the Australian tycoon secured a foothold in the British press by buying and reinventing failing tabloid The Sun. That hit production premiered at the Almeida Theatre before transferring to the West End. Its nominations included one for actor Bertie Carvel as Murdoch.
Competing alongside The Ferryman, Network and Ink for best new play honors is J.T. Rogers' political drama Oslo, last year's Tony winner for best play, which transferred to a sold-out run at the National and from there to the West End. Rogers currently is penning a screenplay based on the work, with Marc Platt attached to produce the film adaptation and original stage helmer Bartlett Sher on board to make his feature directing debut.
The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on April 8, in a ceremony hosted by Catherine Tate.
See the full list of nominations below.
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