Scherzinger up for stage award

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Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Nicole Scherzinger has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her West End debut performance in Cats.

The singer and former X Factor judge starred as Grizabella – originally played by Elaine Paige – in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, which is also up for best musical revival.

The former Pussycat Doll will vie for the title of best supporting actress in a musical at a ceremony next month.

Today’s announcement sees Gemma Arterton up for best actress in a musical, for her Made In Dagenham performance – her first onstage singing role – as factory worker Rita O’Grady.

The production is due to close in April after six months in the West End as other new musicals, including Stephen Ward, about the Profumo affair, Viva Forever, which was based on the Spice Girls, and Harry Hill’s X Factor tribute I Can’t Sing! suffered a similar fate.

Arterton is pitted against Tamsin Greig (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown), Beverley Knight (Memphis The Musical) and Katie Brayben (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical).

New productions Memphis The Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical lead the nominations for individual productions, with nine and eight nods respectively.

They will compete in the outstanding achievement in music category against DJ Fatboy Slim and Talking Heads star David Byrne for their musical Here Lies Love at the National Theatre.

The show, which featured “a simulated danceclub disco”, traced the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines.

In the best actress category, Gillian Anderson is in the running for her much-lauded Young Vic performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Kristin Scott Thomas (Electra), Imelda Staunton (Good People) and Penelope Wilton (Taken At Midnight) are also up for the award.

Best actor nominees are James McAvoy (The Ruling Class), Mark Strong ( A View From The Bridge), Richard Armitage (The Crucible) and Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III).

Long-running shows Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Matilda The Musical and Wicked are shortlisted for the This Morning Audience Award, the only award voted for by the public.

The stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre has five nominations.

All the nominations for best new play – Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, King Charles III, The Nether and Taken At Midnight – originated in subsidised theatres.

The Young Vic, where productions included A View From The Bride and A Streetcar Named Desire, received the most nominations for a single venue, with 11.

Caro Newling, president of the Society of London Theatre, said “2015 has been another incredible year for London theatre”.

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday April 12, with highlights broadcast on ITV later that evening.

The main nominations:

:: Revival

A View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic

The Crucible at Old Vic

My Night With Reg at Donmar Warehouse and Apollo Theatre

Skylight at Wyndham’s Theatre

:: Actor in a Supporting Role

David Calder for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre

Richard Goulding for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre

John Light for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Nathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

:: Actress in a Supporting Role

Phoebe Fox for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

The four 11 to 12-year-old actresses playing Iris for The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre

Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre

Lydia Wilson for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre

:: New Play

King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre

The Nether at Duke of York’s Theatre

Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

:: Actor

Richard Armitage for The Crucible at Old Vic

James McAvoy for The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studio 1

Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre

Mark Strong for A View From The Bridge at Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

:: Actress

Gillian Anderson for A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic

Kristin Scott Thomas for Electra at Old Vic

Imelda Staunton for Good People at Hampstead Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre

Penelope Wilton for Taken At Midnight at Theatre Royal Haymarket

:: This Morning Audience Award

Billy Elliot The Musical at Victoria Palace Theatre

Jersey Boys at Piccadilly Theatre

Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre

Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

:: New Comedy

Handbagged at Vaudeville Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

Shakespeare In Love at Noel Coward Theatre

:: Musical Revival

Cats at London Palladium

City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse

The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre

:: Director

Rupert Goold for King Charles III at Almeida Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre

Jeremy Herrin for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at Aldwych Theatre

Josie Rourke for City Of Angels at Donmar Warehouse

Ivo Van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre

:: Outstanding Achievement in Music

The orchestra for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman

David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Tim Sutton and the Memphis Band for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Ray Davies for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

:: Actor in a Supporting Role In A Musical

Rolan Bell for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

George Maguire for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Ian McIntosh for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Jason Pennycooke for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

:: Actress in a Supporting Role In A Musical

Samantha Bond for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre

Haydn Gwynne for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre

Nicole Scherzinger for Cats at London Palladium

Lorna Want for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

:: Actor in a Musical

Jon Jon Briones for Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre

John Dagleish for Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Killian Donnelly for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Brandon Victor Dixon for The Scottsboro Boys at Garrick Theatre

:: Actress in a Musical

Gemma Arterton for Made In Dagenham at Adelphi Theatre

Katie Brayben for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Tamsin Greig for Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown The Musical at Playhouse Theatre

Beverley Knight for Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

:: New Musical

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre

Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman

Memphis The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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