‘Love Never Dies’ leads nominations at Olivier Awards

“Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s sequel to his long-running “Phanom of the Opera,” landed seven bids at this year’s edition of the top London theater awards. The production opened to mix reviews last year and was shut down for several weeks to be revamped earlier this season.

Among its nominations is a bid for Best Musical which pits it against two Broadway transfers — “Fela!” and “Legally Blonde” — and a tuner version of 1970 Best Picture nominee “Love Story.”

The Lord’s latest leading lady, Sierra Boggess, vies for Best Musical Actress against Elena Roger (“Passion”), Sheridan Smith (“Legally Blonde”) and Emma Williams (“Love Story”).

The Phantom, Ramin Karimloo, contends for Best Musical Actor against Sahr Ngaujah (“Fela!”), David Thaxton (“Passion”) and Michael Xavier (“Love Story”).

The Best Play slate is: “Clybourne Park,” “End of the Rainbow,” “The Little Dog Laughed,” “Sucker Punch” and “Tribe.”

The Best Play Actress nominees are: Tracie Bennett (“End of the Rainbow”), Nancy Carroll (“After the Dance”), Tamsin Greig (“The Little Dog Laughed”) and Sophie Thompson (“Clybourne Park”).

And the Best Play Actor roster includes three Shakespearean performances — Roger Allam (“Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2”), Derek Jacobi (“King Lear”) and Rory Kinnear (“Hamlet”) — as well as Mark Rylance (“La Bete”) and David Suchet (“All My Sons”).

For the full list of nominees visit the official website.

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