US theatre awards nomination hat-trick for James Corden

Judd Hollander

Actors James Corden, Tracie Bennett and Angela Lansbury each garnered acting nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk organisations for their work on Broadway this past season.

Corden was recognised for his work in the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors; while Bennett was nominated for her performance in the London transfer of End of the Rainbow. Lansbury earned her nominations for her appearance in a revival of the Gore Vidal political drama The Best Man.

The triple nod also gives Corden, Bennett and Lansbury the inside track in their respective categories when the upcoming Tony nominations are announced tomorrow. Corden and Bennett were nominated in the leading actor and actress categories, while Lansbury was nominated as a supporting actress.

Nina Raine’s off-Broadway hit Tribes, which started life at London’s Royal Court Theatre, was the only production to earn a play nomination from all three award groups. On the musical side, the shows Once and Newsies, both based on films of the same name, also picked up triple nods.

British lighting designer Neil Austin also received a double nomination (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle) for his work on Evita. Other double nominees included Andrew Garfield for his performance in Death of a Salesman and Tom Edden for his work in One Man, Two Guvnors. Guvnors also won a best play nod from the Outer Critics and Drama League, but not the Drama Desk.

However, the Drama Desk Awards did recognise One Man, Two Guvnors in a number of other categories, including outstanding music in a play for Grant Olding’s score. The Drama Desk was also the only one of the three to recognise the Sam Mendes directed production of Richard III, part of the Bridge Project, which appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In addition to recognizing Richard III in the play revival category, Drama Desk nominations also went to Mendes, actor Kevin Spacey, Mark Bennett’s music, Paul Pyant’s lighting and Gareth Fry’s sound design.

Those getting single nominations include directors Nicholas Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors), John Tiffany (Once), and Michael Grandage (Evita); scenic designers Bob Crowley (Once), Christopher Oram (Evita); Choreographer Steven Hoggart (Once); and actors Joely Richardson (Side Effects), Jim Dale (The Road to Mecca), Hugh Dancy (Venus in Fur), Simon Russell Beale (Bluebird), Alan Rickman (Seminar); and a production of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger.

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