Theatre People Pro Choice 2012 Winners Announced!

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Thanks to the hundreds of dedicated readers who voted in the third annual Theatre People Pro Choice Awards. Fans spread their love between a wide range of shows this year, with some leading positions changing daily in the tallies.

 

If there was an overall favourite, it was A Chorus Line, taking out wins in four categories. The hit touring production is currently playing its final week in Brisbane.

 

 

 

A Chorus Line featured two winners in the Supporting category, Best Supporting Actress: Deborah Krizak as the seasoned but vulnerable Sheila, and Best Supporting Actor: Euan Doidge, who broke hearts as troubled younger dancer Paul. Doidge was a popular choice, receiving the highest number of votes of any of the performers nominated.

 

 

Beloved Melbourne star Silvie Paladino thrilled audiences as the lovelorn Florence in Chess, edging out Legally Blonde’s Lucy Durack to win Best Actress.

 

 

Paladino’s Chess co-star Simon Gleeson was pipped at the post by multi-award winning actor Geoffrey Rush, taking out Best Actor for his star turn as scheming, ambitious slave Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

 

 

Acclaimed Australian Director Gale Edwards swept the field to be selected as Best Director for her terrific work on Chess.

From a uniformly strong set of productions, Chess was voted Best Limited Run/Concert Musical.

 

 

Original Broadway A Chorus Line cast member Bayoork Lee was voted Best Choreographer for her highly disciplined recreation of Michael Bennett and Bob Avian’s choreography.

A Chorus Line beat out a strong field to be chosen as Best Revival.

 

 

Kellie Dickerson took out Best Musical Director for her pristine work on the deceptively massive score of Legally Blonde, ahead of David Piper of Chess.

Legally Blonde was voted Best Musical, winning by the largest margin of any category.

 

 

Here is the full list of nominations (with the winners in bold):

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Kate Ceberano, Bloody Mary, South Pacific

Helen Dallimore, Paulette, Legally Blonde

Nancye Hayes, Edith Bouvier Beale, Grey Gardens

Deborah Krizak, Sheila, A Chorus Line

Chelsea Plumley, Marge MacDougall, Promises, Promises

Christie Whelan-Browne, Philia, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

 

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Blake Bowden, Pat Matthew, Moonshadow

Mitchell Butel, Hysterium, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Euan Doidge, Paul, A Chorus Line

Bert LaBonté, Sergeant Foley, An Officer and A Gentleman

Eddie Perfect, Luther Billis, South Pacific

Alex Rathgeber, Sid Worley, An Officer and A Gentleman

 

 

Best Actress:

Anita Louise Combe, Cassie, A Chorus Line

Lucy Durack, Elle Woods, Legally Blonde      

Amanda Harrison, Paula Pofriki, An Officer and A Gentleman

Lisa McCune, Nellie Forbush, South Pacific

Silvie Paladino, Florence Vassy, Chess

Pamela Rabe, Edith Bouvier Beale/Little Edie Beale, Grey Gardens

 

 

Best Actor:

Simon Gleeson, Anatoly, Chess

David Harris, Emmett, Legally Blonde

Matt Hetherington, Chuck Baxter, Promises, Promises

Brent Hill, Leo Bloom, The Producers

Geoffrey Rush, Pseudolus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Anthony Warlow, Daddy Warbucks, Annie

 

Best Musical Director

Stephen Amos, Moonshadow

Kellie Dickerson, Legally Blonde

Mathew Frank, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Andrew Greene, South Pacific

David Piper, Chess

Vanessa Scammell, The Producers

 

 

Best Choreographer:

Kelly Aykers, Annie

Andrew Hallsworth, The Producers

Christopher Gattelli, South Pacific

Bayoork Lee, A Chorus Line

Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde

 

 

Best Director:

Dean Bryant, Andrew Hallsworth, The Producers

Gale Edwards, Chess

Rodger Hodgman, Grey Gardens

Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde

Simon Phillips, An Officer and A Gentleman

Bartlett Sher, South Pacific

 

Best Limited Run/Concert Musical:

Chess – The Production Company

Grey Gardens – The Production Company

The Producers – The Production Company

 

Best Revival:

Annie - John Frost

A Chorus Line – TML Enterprises

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - John Frost

South Pacific – Opera Australia, John Frost

 

Best New Musical:

Legally Blonde - Howard Panter/Ambassador Theatre Group, John Frost

An Officer and A Gentleman - Sharleen Copper Cohen, John Frost

 

 

2012 Theatre People Pro Choice nominations announced – click here

2011 Theatre People Pro Choice winners announced – click here

2010 Theatre People Pro Choice winners announced – click here

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About the Author

Simon has appeared in about 40 productions over the past thirty years. Favourite roles include Eugene Fodor in Crazy for You, Mr Fox in Mack and Mabel, Max in The Sound of Music, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Julio in Paint Your Wagon, Marcellus in The Music Man and Grantaire in Les Miserables. Simon has directed several school productions. He choreographed Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors for St Michael’s Grammar School, then went on to direct Hot Mikado and the Australian premiere of 13 for St Michael’s. Simon served on the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Committee for five years as Treasurer and is currently on the Board of The Opera Studio Melbourne. He is also a keen audience member, having seen 51 shows in six weeks on a recent trip to London/Europe. Simon also reviews for the Sunday Herald Sun.