'Billy Elliott' leads Brit award nods

Jan. 18, 2006 at 5:20 PM

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The stage musical "Billy Elliot" leads the field with nine Laurence Olivier Award nominations announced in London Wednesday.

The revival of "Guys and Dolls" received eight nods, the BBC reported Wednesday. "Don Carlos," "Hedda Gabler" and "Mary Stuart" each garnered six nominations.

"Elliot" stars James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower were all nominated for best actor in a musical along with "Guys and Dolls" stars McGregor and Douglas Hodge.

The best actress nominees include Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter for "Mary Stuart," Helen McCrory for "As You Like It," Clare Higgins for "Death of a Salesman" and Eve Best for "Hedda Gabler."

The best actor nominees include Derek Jacobi for "Don Carlos," Richard Griffiths for "Heros," Brian Dennehy for "Death of a Salesman," Con O'Neil for "Telstar" and David Threlfall for "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me."

The English National Opera's productions of "Billy Budd," "La Clemenza Di Tito," "Madam Butterfly" and "On The Town" are the nominees for best new opera.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony Feb. 26 at the London Hilton hotel.

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