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Wednesday, March 07, 2018 1:00 am

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'Hamilton' leads field for Oliviers

Associated Press

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?”

Task force gets boss

The former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama will head The Recording Academy's new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

The academy announced Tuesday that Tina Tchen, a veteran lawyer who is also working on the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, will chair the new initiative. The Grammys announced the task force after its CEO drew criticism for saying women need to “step up” when asked about the lack of female winners backstage at its 60th awards show, held in January.

The task force plans to uncover unconscious biases and other barriers that impede women's success in the music industry.

Glover shouted down

Danny Glover was shouted down at a rally for Airbnb hosts Tuesday in the New York state Capitol when activists working on behalf of a union for hotel workers infiltrated the event and began heckling the 71-year-old actor.

Glover had just began speaking at the rally when the protesters began yelling over him, accusing the longtime liberal activist of betraying minorities and the poor by working as a paid adviser to Airbnb. One heckler noted the effort was organized by the Hotel Trades Council, a leading opponent of Airbnb.

Glover, the star of the “Lethal Weapon” series, tried to continue his remarks but left the rally as the shouting continued.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: TV personality Willard Scott is 84. Singer Peter Wolf is 72. Keyboardist Matthew Fisher is 72. Guitarist Ernie Isley is 66. Actor Bryan Cranston is 62. Actress Donna Murphy is 59. Actress Mary Beth Evans is 57. Singer Taylor Dayne is 56. Actor Bill Brochtrup is 55. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 54. Actor Jonathan Del Arco is 52. Drummer Randy Guss is 51. Actress Rachel Weisz is 48. Actor Peter Sarsgaard is 47. Actor Jay Duplass is 45. Singer Sebastien Izambard is 45. Singer Hugo Ferreira is 44. Actress Jenna Fischer is 44. Actor Tobias Menzies is 44. Actor TJ Thyne is 43. Actress Laura Prepon is 38. Actress Bel Powley is 26. Actress Giselle Eisenberg is 11.