13 Olivier Awards noms for ‘Hamilton’
LONDON (AP) — The West End production of “Hamilton” leads the field for Britain’s biggest theater awards, the Oliviers.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton opened in London in December.
The show, whose varied score ranges from pop ballads to sexy R&B to rap battles, is nominated in 13 categories, including best new musical. Jamael Westman, in the title role, and Giles Terera as Aaron Burr are both nominated for best actor in a musical.
Other contenders for an Olivier in acting include Bryan Cranston for “Network,” Andrew Garfield for “Angels in America” and Imelda Staunton, nominated for both “Follies” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Jez Butterworth’s Northern Ireland drama “The Ferryman” has eight nominations in non-musical categories.
Yo-Yo Ma plays for Calif. siblings
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma held a special concert for the California siblings who authorities said were starved and shackled to their beds by their parents.
City of Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel says Ma performed Friday at the Corona Regional Medical Center. The hospital posted a photo of Ma on Twitter and thanked him for sharing his love of music with the siblings.
Their parents, David and Louise Turpin, have pleaded not guilty to torture and other charges.
The Turpins were arrested in January after their 17-year-old daughter escaped from their home in the city of Perris. Authorities said the home reeked of human waste and the evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest of 13 siblings weighing just 82 pounds.
An attorney for the adult siblings didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Glover shouted down at rally
ALBANY (AP) — Protesters associated with a hotel workers’ union have shouted down actor Danny Glover at a rally of Airbnb hosts calling for new regulations for home rental listings in New York state.
Glover had just begun speaking at Tuesday’s gathering in the New York Capitol when protesters started yelling over him. The 71-year-old star of the “Lethal Weapon” series attempted to continue but then left the rally as the shouting continued.
The protesters accused the longtime liberal activist of betraying minorities by working as a paid adviser to Airbnb. Opponents say it drives up housing prices and hurts traditional hotels.