Hit musicals Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along will go head-to-head at this year's (14) Olivier Awards after receiving seven nominations each. Sam Mendes' adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book is up for Best New Musical alongside The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, and Once, while Merrily We Roll Along leads the Best Musical Revival category against The Sound Of Music and Tell Me On A Sunday.
The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boy, and Once are just one nod behind the leading pair with six apiece.
In the drama categories, Ghosts, about a woman struggling with the death of her cruel husband, is up for five prizes, including Best Revival, Best Director and Best Actress for Lesley Manville.
She will go up against fellow nominees Judi Dench (Peter & Alice), Anna Chancellor (Private Lives),and Hayley Atwell (The Pride).
The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is up for Best Actor for his powerful turn in Coriolanus, putting him in competition with Jude Law (Henry V), Henry Goodman (Arturo Ui), and Rory Kinnear (Othello).
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor alongside Ghosts' Jack Lowden are Ardal O'Hanlon (Weir), Ron Cook (Henry V), and Mark Gatiss (Coriolanus), while Best Supporting Actress hopefuls are Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Sharon D Clarke (Amen Corner), Katherine Kingsley (MSND), and Cecilia Noble (Amen Corner).
Chimerica, Peter And Alice, 1984, and The Night Alive are all nominated in the Best New Play category.
The Olivier Awards will take place at London's Royal Opera House on 13 April (14).
Every day in New York another hundred people just get off of the train (to quote Steven Sondheim) and try to make it in the Big Apple, many of them with dreams of living the luxe Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle they've seen on Sex and the City DVDs and the watered-down TBS reruns. Well, they better have a ton of money saved up (or very rich parents) because the townhouse where Carrie lived just sold for almost $10 million.
The five-bedroom townhouse at 64 Perry St. in Manhattan's West Village was a stand-in for Carrie's Upper East Side apartment where she did a lot of her smoking and only a fraction of her pining for Mr. Big. It just sold to an undisclosed buyer for $9.85 million, $200,000 more than the $9.65 million asking price. The crazy thing is that the house sold for $9 million in November of 2011, so it has gone up in value $1 million bucks in less than six months. And that comes with the downside of knowing that busloads of Midwesterners will be rolling by on clicking and cooing while snapping pictures on the Sex and the City tour at least once a weekend.
So, in terms of Sex and the City coinage, how much is this piece of real estate worth?
—3,283,334 Magnolia cupcakes
—2,462,500 words written for Vogue (based on Carrie's $4 per word freelance rate)
—197,197 Carrie nameplate necklaces
—10,423 pairs of Manolo Blanik strappy sandals
—383 Birkin handbags
The Birkins might make a better investment.
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The prizegiving, which fetes the best of the city's theatre scene, included wins for Blanchett and Weaving for their roles in the Sydney Theatre Company's touring production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
The Elizabeth star took home the Outstanding Lead Actress award in the international category, while Weaving was named Outstanding Supporting Performer.
The night was also a big one for Spacey as he was honoured with the Helen Hayes Tribute for his contribution to the arts both as an actor and as a theatre ambassador.
The American Beauty star, who is artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London, follows in the footsteps of past recipients, including Derek Jacobi, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Sondheim and Lynn Redgrave.
Speaking before the ceremony, Spacey told the Washington Post the awards should serve as a reminder for U.S. officials to protect funding for the arts: "Washington has always had vibrant theatre. I've been a part of it for many, many years. I've done six plays here. So for me, tonight is particularly valuable and important.
"We (need) to be putting much more money into the arts than we are. It's hugely important to our culture, it's important to us as a nation, and I think any nation that doesn't embrace its arts and stand up for its arts is a lesser country."
Director Rob Marshall, who famously brought Chicago and Nine to the big screen, has signed up to take charge of a movie version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's hit musical and he is said to have approached The Help star to tackle one of the lead roles.
They were spotted having dinner together in the Big Apple on Wednesday (28Mar12) and New York Post gossip column Page Six reports they were talking about Stone's potential role in Into The Woods.
Old-fashioned Broadway revivals Gypsy and South Pacific ruled at the 62nd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, taking home the top awards of the night.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific edged out competition from beloved favorites Grease and Sunday in the Park with George to claim the award for Best Revival of a Musical, as well as six other awards, including best actor--for the lead, Paulo Szot--and a best director prize for Bartlett Sher.
Stephen Sondheim, whose shows Gypsy and Sunday in the Park With George were both competing for best musical revival, was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
The ceremony, which was hosted by actress Whoopi Goldberg, featured performances by the casts of stage shows such as The Lion King, Rent, The Little Mermaid and Young Frankenstein.
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