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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Is Most-Nominated New Play in Olivier History

Broadway’s Glenn Close, Andy Karl, Cherry Jones, and more earn 2017 Olivier nominations.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has broken Olivier Award records with 11 nominations.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has broken Olivier Award records with 11 nominations.
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The 2017 Olivier Award nominations were announced earlier today by past winners of the prestigious London theater award, Denise Gough and Matt Henry.

Topping the list of nominated productions is the Broadway-bound Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with 11 nominations — the most received by a new play in Olivier history. John Tiffany's revival of The Glass Menagerie, which played on Broadway in 2013, was nominated for seven awards, including Best Revival, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tony nominee Brian J. Smith), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kate O’Flynn), and Best Actress (Tony winner Cherry Jones). Smith and Jones both reprise their Broadway performances.

Groundhog Day, which begins its Broadway run March 16 at the August Wilson Theatre, leads the musical categories with eight nominations, including a nod for two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl. School of Rock, now running at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, also received three nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Music, Best Actor in a Musical (David Fynn), and Best New Musical. The show's composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, also earned nods for this season's West End productions of Sunset Boulevard and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Sunset Boulevard is among the nominees for Best Musical Revival, while Glenn Close, who starred in the London production and now reprises her performance at Broadway's Palace Theatre, is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical. Also in her category are Glee star Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), Sheridan Smith (Funny Girl), and the "Girls" of The Girls: Debbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Claire Moore, and Joanna Riding.

The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, April 9.

For the complete list of 2017 Olivier Award nominees, click here.