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‘Carousel’ tops U.K.’s Olivier noms

Two American musicals, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” and the Gershwin work “Crazy for You,” dominated the 1993 Laurence Olivier Award nominations yesterday.

The awards honor the London season’s finest achievements in theater, dance and opera.

The two shows received a total of 16 nominations, including best musical revival for “Crazy for You” and best musical for “Carousel.”

Their competitors are also all-American.

Also nominated for best musical are: “Assassins,””Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Grand Hotel.””Carousel” is up against only one other revival nominee — a flop production of “Annie Get Your Gun.”

The nominations in 25 categories were announced in the Observer newspaper, which sponsors the awards. Winners will be announced April 18.

Among the best play nominees are one previous Broadway hit — John Guare’s 1990 “Six Degrees of Separation”– and one present one, Frank McGuinness’s hostage drama “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.”

Stockard Channing, the original New York star of “Six Degrees,” is a best actress nominee. Her competitors are Alison Steadman and Jane Horrocks, who played a working-class mother and daughter in “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice ,” and Dame Judi Dench as the anguished and angry wife in “The Gift of the Gorgon.”

Up for best actor are Paul Scofield in “Heartbreak House,” Paul Eddington in “No Man’s Land,” Kenneth Cranham in “An Inspector Calls,” and Robert Stephens in “Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.”

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