Dahl’s Chocolate Factory, Sondheim revival lead for Oliviers

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the new musical based on Roald Dahl’s novel and a revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince 1981 box-office flop ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ received seven nominations each on Monday for the 2014 Olivier Awards. Three other US imports, the smash hit ‘The Book of Mormon’ by ‘South Park’ creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, “The Scottsboro Boys” based on the notorious Alabama trial of nine teenage blacks accused of rape and “Once”, a musical version of the eponymous film, got six each, including for best new musical. “It’s been an extraordinary year for London theatre,” Society of London Theatre President Mark Rubinstein, said at a ceremony packed with theatre celebrities to announce the nominations for the awards.
The winners will be named at the Royal Opera House on April 13. Rubinstein said the London stage had seen 46 revivals, 19 new plays, seven new comedies and nine new musicals produced in the last year, which he said secured the British capital’s position as one of the world’s great theatre centres.

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