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'La Cage' hitting all the right notes

FLAMBOYANT musical "La Cage Aux Folles" led the field at the 2009 Laurence Olivier Awards for British theater yesterday with seven nominations, including best musical revival and best director for Terry Johnson.

Lead actors Douglas Hodge and Denis Lawson compete for best actor in a musical, Jason Pennycooke is nominated for best supporting performance in a musical, Matthew Wright is up for costume design and Lynne Page for theater choreographer.

The 1983 musical by Jerry Herman tells the story of a gay couple in a Saint-Tropez nightclub.

Elena Roger won a best actress in a musical nomination for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in "Piaf."

The musical was one of several productions to garner five nominations, which also included musical revival, musical supporting role, lighting and sound design.

It was joined by Broadway hit "Jersey Boys" (new musical, actor in a musical, director, theater choreographer and sound design) and Gypsy Kings musical "Zorro" (new musical, actor and actress in a musical, musical supporting role and theater choreographer).

Gregory Burke's acclaimed "Black Watch," which follows a Scottish army regiment's deployment to Iraq, received five nominations, including best new play and best company performance.

Michael Gambon is nominated in the best actor category for his role in "No Man's Land."

The awards ceremony will be held in London on March 8.


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