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A Broadway-Certain ‘Sundown Boulevard’ Leads Olivier Award Nominations

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A revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sundown Boulevard,” starring Nicole Scherzinger as a former display screen idol descending into insanity, obtained essentially the most nominations on Tuesday for this yr’s Olivier Awards, Britain’s equal of the Tonys.

The present, which ran on the Savoy Theater in London and can transfer to Broadway this year, is within the working for 11 awards — two greater than every other play or musical — together with finest musical revival, finest actress in a musical for Scherzinger and finest director for Jamie Lloyd.

When the manufacturing opened final fall, it impressed London’s typically demanding theater critics. Matt Wolf, writing in The New York Occasions, mentioned the manufacturing was, like its lead character, “a bit mad: reckless and daring, stretching its supply materials to the restrict and past.”

“I can’t think about one other London present producing comparable buzz this season,” Wolf added.

Lloyd’s maverick manufacturing options hand-held cameras which might be used to highlight characters’ feelings at pivotal moments. Though critics appreciated the method, Lloyd faces stiff competitors in the most effective director class.

The opposite nominees embrace Sam Mendes for “The Motive and the Cue,” which debuted final spring on the Nationwide Theater. The play, by Jack Thorne, dramatizes a fraught backstage relationship between Richard Burton and John Gielgud as they rehearse a Broadway manufacturing.

Rupert Goold can be nominated for finest director, for “Pricey England,” a play in regards to the English nationwide soccer staff that additionally ran on the Nationwide Theater and transferred to the West Finish. That present secured 9 nominations.

Regardless of receiving combined evaluations, “Stranger Issues: The First Shadow,” a theatrical prequel to the Netflix present that’s working on the Phoenix Theater, secured 5 nominations, together with finest new leisure or comedy play. Houman Barekat, reviewing the manufacturing in The New York Occasions, mentioned it was “precisely what you’d anticipate from a present co-produced by Netflix: Low cost thrills, expensively made.”

This yr’s nominations embrace a touch of TV glamour in lots of classes. Among the many nominees for finest actress in a play are Sarah Jessica Parker for “Plaza Suite,” which runs via Apr. 13 on the Savoy Theater, and Sarah Snook (of “Succession”) for a one-woman “The Image Of Dorian Grey” on the Theater Royal Haymarket, via Might 11.

They’ll compete for that title in opposition to Laura Donnelly for “The Hills Of California” on the Harold Pinter Theater, Sheridan Smith for “Shirley Valentine” on the Duke Of York’s Theater, and Sophie Okonedo for “Medea” at @sohoplace.

The most effective actor nominees embrace Andrew Scott for a one-man “Vanya” on the Duke of York’s Theater, and James Norton for his efficiency in “A Little Life” on the Harold Pinter Theater. The opposite nominees are Joseph Fiennes for “Pricey England,” Mark Gatiss for “The Motive And The Cue,” and David Tennant for “Macbeth” on the Donmar Warehouse.

The winners of this yr’s awards are scheduled to be introduced Apr. 14 in a ceremony on the Royal Albert Corridor in London.