Here is our top 10 list of 2016 Helpmann highlights …
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10. Ladies In Black managing to win an award (because Matilda the Musical wasn’t nominated for this category).
9. Jan van de Stool hosting when Queenie van de Zandt couldn’t make it.
8. Mark Leonard Winter who won two Helpmann Awards for Best Actor in a Play (Birdland) and Best Supporting Actor in a Play (King Lear), then explained that he spent most of King Lear naked on stage and hoped this award might make up for it, since his mother had to come and watch.
7. The crew of the “working stage” who quietly moved around between numbers, transforming the surface of the Singin In The Rain stage into something suitable for a stunning performance by the West Australian Ballet (and then transformed it back to the paddling pool ready for the finale).
6. ‘Quiet’ being performed by all eight Matildas.
5. The cast of Singin’ In The Rain performing the finale number, with rain. You should have seen the panic amongst the celebrity guests scrambling to get their plastic ponchos over their designer outfits!
4. Yolanda Lowatta winning Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work for Sheok by Bangarra Dance Theatre, who was so excited and surprised by her win she was nearly lost for words.
3. Performances from the cast of The Sound of Music – because we know how brilliant they are, even though Matilda won everything.
2. Stephen Page being introduced by his son, Hunter Page-Lochard, and awarded the JC Williamson Award for his work with Bangarra Dance Theatre, receiving a huge standing ovation.
1. Matilda the Musical winning everything!!!
– Best Musical
– Best Female Actor in a Musical
– Best Male Actor in a Musical
– Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
– Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
– Best Direction of a Musical
– Best Lighting Design
– Best Sound Design
– Best Scenic Design
– Best Choreography in a Musical
– Best Costume Design
– Best Original Score
– Best Music Direction
The acceptance speech given by the eight Matildas: Molly Barwick, Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas and Ingrid Torelli. So much excitement and so much love and appreciation – and quite a few tears amongst the audience!
If you missed the awards on Foxtel, you can watch the entire show at this link for the next month: http://www.foxtelarts.com.au/videos/the-helpmann-awards-ceremony/