"Cage aux Folles" musical tops UK Olivier nominees

Tue Feb 3, 2009 6:01am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Flamboyant musical "La Cage Aux Folles" led the field at the 2009 Laurence Olivier Awards for British theater Tuesday with seven nominations, including best musical revival and best director for Terry Johnson.

Lead actors Douglas Hodge and Denis Lawson compete for best actor in a musical, Jason Pennycooke is nominated for best supporting performance in a musical, Matthew Wright is up for costume design and Lynne Page for theater choreographer.

The 1983 musical by Jerry Herman tells the story of a gay couple in a Saint-Tropez nightclub. It had a successful run on Broadway and that production won six Tony Awards, including best musical, best score and best director of a musical.

Elena Roger won a best actress in a musical nomination for her portrayal of French chanteuse Edith Piaf in "Piaf."

The musical was one of several productions to garner five nominations, which also included musical revival, musical supporting role, lighting and sound design.

It was joined by Broadway hit "Jersey Boys" (new musical, actor in a musical, director, theater choreographer and sound design) and Gypsy Kings musical "Zorro" (new musical, actor and actress in a musical, musical supporting role and theater choreographer).

Gregory Burke's critically acclaimed "Black Watch," which follows a Scottish army regiment's deployment to Iraq, received five nominations, including best director for John Tiffany, best new play and best company performance.

On four nominations each were "Brief Encounter," "The Chalk Garden," "August: Osage County," "The Norman Conquests" and the Royal Shakespeare Company's "The Histories."

Veteran actor Michael Gambon, who has already won four Laurence Olivier Awards, is nominated in the best actor category for his role in "No Man's Land."

The awards ceremony will take place in London on March 8.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)