'Memphis,' 'Beautiful' lead race for London's Olivier Awards

March 9, 2015 3:56 PM

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Two Broadway imports, "Memphis: The Musical" and Carole King show "Beautiful," lead the race for British theater's Olivier Awards, with a clutch of nominations each, including best new musical.

"Memphis," set in the segregated 1950s American South, received nine nominations Monday, including best actress in a musical for soul-singer star Beverley Knight. "Beautiful" had eight, with Katie Brayben a contender for her performance as chart-topping songwriter King.

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