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We’re getting close to theatre awards season, and London’s West End has kicked things off by announcing nominations for the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, hosted at the Royal Albert Hall on April 9, 2017.

Their premiere production of Dreamgirls, currently at the Savoy Theatre, has received five nominations, including the Mastercard Best New Musical award. Amber Riley, who makes her West End debut as Effie White, will battle Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard, now on Broadway) and Sheridan Smith (Funny Girl) for the coveted Best Actress in a Musical.

Other nominations include Adam J. Bernard for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Henry Krieger for Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Gregg Barnes for Best Costume Design.

The critically acclaimed and highly anticipated Harry Potty and the Cursed Child received a record-breaking 11 nominations, including Virgin Atlantic Best New Play.

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Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni, whose casting as Hermione Granger sparked much controversy, has scored her second nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Harry Potter will soon wave it’s wand over Broadway at the Lyric Theatre in winter of 2018.

Kemp PowersOne Night in Miami… received a nomination for Virgin Atlantic Best New Play, and Show Boat received two for Magic Radio Best New Revival and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

The award-winning Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has earned recognition and a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for their season at Sadler’s Wells.

See the full list of nominations and live stream the ceremony April 9, at Olivier.



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