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FINAL 2018 HELPMANN AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The 2018 Helpmann Awards Act II tonight was a star-studded ceremony in front of a full house at the Capitol Theatre Sydney on the set of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical. Hosts for this stellar evening were music writer Glenn A Baker AM, acclaimed choreographer Rafael Bonachela, celebrated musical theatre star and TV host David Campbell, multiple Helpmann Award-winning mezzo soprano Jacqueline Dark, comedian Anne Edmonds and Olivier and Tony Award Nominee Tony Sheldon.

The high profile presenters for the evening included singer Christine Anu, The Hon Don Harwin MLC Minister for the Arts, musical theatre star Amy Lehpamer, arts administrator Michael Lynch CBE AO, ballet royalty David McAllister AM and Marilyn Rowe CBE AM, Graeme Russell CEO Media Super and actor Charles Wu.

Twenty three (23) Helpmann Awards were presented in the categories of comedy, cabaret, contemporary music, musicals, opera, classical music, theatre and ballet, dance and physical theatre. These Awards complement the 20 Awards announced yesterday at the Helpmann Awards Act I. The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry.


 

HELPMANN AWARD WINNERS FOR ACT TWO


BEST MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

DAVID CAMPBELL
Dream Lover
John Frost AM and Gilbert Theatrical

David Campbell - Dream Lover


BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

ESTHER HANNAFORD
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Michael Cassel in association with Paul Blake & Sony/ATV Music Publishing & Mike Bosner

Esther Hannaford - Beautiful


BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY

HUGO WEAVING
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Sydney Theatre Company

Hugo Weaving - The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

 

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A PLAY

PAMELA RABE
The Children
Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company

Pamela Rabe - The Children

 

BEST COMEDY PERFORMER

CELIA PACQUOLA
All Talk
Token Events
Celia Pacquola - All Talk


BEST CABARET PERFORMER

TAYLOR MAC
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Melbourne International Arts Festival and Pomegranate Arts

Taylor Mac - A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

 

BEST MALE DANCER IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

BEAU DEAN RILEY SMITH
Bennelong
Bangarra Dance Theatre

Beau Dean Riley Smith - Bennelong

 


BEST FEMALE DANCER IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE 
PRODUCTION

AKO KONDO
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Australian Ballet

Ako Kondo - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


BEST VISUAL OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

TIDE
Bleach* Festival & The Farm

Bleach Festival & The Farm - TIDE

 

BEST MALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA

ALLAN CLAYTON
Hamlet
Glyndebourne Festival and Adelaide Festival in association with the State Opera of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Allan Clayton - Hamlet

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA

NICOLE CAR
La Traviata
Opera Australia

Nicole Car - La Traviata

BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY CONCERT

PAUL MCCARTNEY, FRONTIER TOURING, MPL & MARSHALL ARTS
Paul McCartney – One On One World Tour 2017

Paul McCartney, Frontier Touring, MLP & Marshall Arts - Paul McCartney - One On One World Tour 2017


BEST CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL

MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA)
Mona Foma

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) - MONA FOMA


BEST INDIVIDUAL CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE

JONAS KAUFMANN
Parsifal
Opera Australia

Jonas Kaufmann - Parsifal

 

BEST CHAMBER AND/OR INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT

JORDI SAVALL WITH HESPERION XXI & TEMBEMBE ENSAMBLE
CONTINUO
Perth Festival

Jordi Savall with Hesperion XXI & Tembembe Ensamble Continuo - Perth Festival

 

 

BEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE: WITH BACH AND BRAHMS
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Bluebeard's Castle With Bach and Brahms - The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

 

BEST BALLET

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
The Australian Ballet

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - The Australian Ballet

 

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION

BENNELONG
Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bennelong - Bangarra Dance Theatre


BEST PLAY

THE CHILDREN
Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company

The Children - Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company

 

BEST OPERA

HAMLET
Glyndebourne Festival, Adelaide Festival, State Opera of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Hamlet- Glyndebourne Festival, Adelaide Festival, State Opera of SA and The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

 

BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK

STEPHEN PAGE AO
Bennelong
Bangarra Dance Theatre

Stephen Page AO - Bennelong

 

BEST MUSICAL

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
Michael Cassel in association with Paul Blake & Sony/ATV Music Publishing & Mike Bosner

Beautiful The Carole King Musical - Michael Cassel in association with Paul Blake & SonyATV Music Publishing & Mike Bosner

In 2017, to mark Live Performance Australia’s (LPA) one hundred years of service to the live performance industry, ten luminaries of Australia’s live entertainment and performing arts industry were honoured with the 2017 Centenary Awards.  These much loved and revered industry titans were acknowledged from the stage. The recipients of the 2017 Centenary JC Williamson Award recognising outstanding contribution to the Australian live performance industry were Robyn Archer AO, Reg Livermore AO, Robyn Nevin AM, Archie Roach AM and Jim Sharman. The recipients of the 2017 Centenary Sue Nattrass Award for outstanding service to the live performance industry were Carrillo Gantner AO, Ian McRae AO, Susan Provan AO, Rhoda Roberts AO and Frank Van Straten AM.

The Helpmann Awards were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA). Andrew Kay AM President of LPA said “We are proud to present the 18th Annual Helpmann Awards across two nights this year. The breadth and diversity of Winners, Nominees and performances at tonight’s and yesterday’s events shines a spotlight on Australia’s world class creative and artistic talent. Congratulations to all 2018 Helpmann Award Nominees and Winners!”.

The 2018 Helpmann Awards are supported by the New South Wales Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “The Helpmann Awards celebrate Australia’s exceptional live performance industry and showcase the remarkable talent across the sector. This year’s winners have made such a positive impact on our artistic and cultural experiences, and I extend my congratulations to all of them for their wonderful contribution to the industry.”

Performances at the Helpmann Awards Act II included a vivacious stampede of sass with the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, an evocative duet from Sydney Dance Company dancers Davide Di Giovanni and Charmene Yap, triple ARIA winners David Bridie, Helen Mountfort and Hope Csutoros from My Friend the Chocolate Cake, the stars of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical and the Brisbane born international indie pop sensation Sheppard. The commanding Maggie Dence delivered a moving poem to colleagues past, preceding the In Memoriam.

The show closed with the biggest line up of Australia’s leading vocalists from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s concert production of Funny Girl. Divas and funny girls themselves Trevor Ashley (Hairspray), Michaela Banas (Upper Middle Bogan), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (The X Factor), Casey Donovan (Australian Idol), Virginia Gay (First Tuesday Book Club), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins) Dami Im (Eurovision), Maggie McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding), Zahra Newman (Book of Mormon) and West end and Broadway star Caroline O’Connor had the audience standing in their seats and cheering for more.

The Helpmann Awards Act II was preceded by the Red Carpet Walk with its fun and fabulous frocks, hosted by the darling of Australian musical theatre Rhonda Burchmore OAM. The celebrations will continue late into the night with the After Party at the Sydney Town Hall.

Yesterday at the Helpmann Awards Act I at Sydney Town Hall, hosts Rhoda Roberts AO and Michael Lynch CBE AO were joined by special guest presenters actor Mitchell Butel, director Neil Armfield AO, musical theatre stars Verity Hunt-Ballard, Matt Lee and Sharon Millerchip, choreographer Kelley Abbey, actor Peter Carroll, musical director Vanessa Scammell and composer Max Lambert.Performances included Monkey Baa Theatre Company, the Sydney Youth Orchestra Quartet, Georgina Hopson and dynamic opera duo Andrew Jones and Jenny Liu.

Both Helpmann Award events were directed by internationally renowned producer, director and choreographer, Olivier Award winner David Atkins OAM.

The 2018 Helpmann Awards are supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

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