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LONDON (Reuters) - Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm was nominated for an Evening Standard Theater Award on Monday in the best newcomer category for her six-month run in the West End musical "Blood Brothers."
Best known as Sporty Spice in the chart-topping quintet, Chisholm impressed critics with her performance, and her nomination pits her against three actors from the Royal Court -- Daniel Kaluuya, Isabella Laughland and Shannon Tarbet -- and "You Me Bum Bum Train" created by Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd.
Elsewhere in the nominations, two musical stars are shortlisted for the best actress award for the first time -- Sheridan Smith for "Legally Blonde" and Elena Roger for Stephen Sondheim's "Passion."
Also nominated for the award, which is named after the late Natasha Richardson, are Nancy Carroll ("After the Dance") and Sophie Thompson ("Clybourne Park").
The Royal Court leads the nominations with 11, including a clean sweep of the best play category, and the National Theater follows with 10.
Following is a list of the nominees. Winners are announced on Sunday, November 28:
Best Actor: Roger Allam/Henry IV Parts One and Two; Rory Kinnear/Measure for Measure; David Suchet/All My Sons
Best Actress: Nancy Carroll/After the Dance; Elena Roger/Passion; Sheridan Smith/Legally Blonde; Sophie Thompson/Clybourne Park
Best Play: Mike Bartlett/Cock; Bruce Norris/Clybourne Park; Roy Williams/Sucker Punch
Best Musical: Legally Blonde; Les Miserables (2010); Passion
Best Director: Howard Davies/The White Guard and All My Sons; Nicholas Hytner/The Habit of Art and London Assurance and Hamlet; Laurie Sansom/Beyond the Horizon and Spring Storm; Thea Sharrock/After the Dance
Best Design: Miriam Buether/Sucker Punch and Earthquakes in London; Bunny Christie/The White Guard; Christopher Oram/Passion and Red
Most Promising Playwright: DC Moore/The Empire; Nick Payne/If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet and Wanderlust; Anya Reiss/Spur of the Moment
Outstanding Newcomer: Melanie Chisholm/Blood Brothers; Daniel Kaluuya/Sucker Punch; Isabella Laughland/Wanderlust; Shannon Tarbet/Spur of the Moment; You Me Bum Bum Train created by Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd.
Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato