The People have spoken. The Theatre People that is.
Thank you to the hundreds of Theatre People readers who voted for their favourites in our second annual Pro Choice Awards.
Rock of Ages, which had the wildest Melbourne closing performance in recent memory on November 6, dominated the winners circle, with Love Never Dies, which opens in Sydney in January, contributing a pair of acting favourites.
Magnormos made their presence felt with their sold out season of Flowerchildren being elected Best Limited Run Musical.
2012 will bring a range of new productions, including the return of Annie, the Broadway revival of South Pacific, new musical An Officer and a Gentleman and the eagerly awaited Legally Blonde. Tune in this time next year to see who comes on out on top from this new batch!
Sharon Millerchip’s return to the role of Meg Giry (below, centre) in The Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies brought her out on top as Best Supporting Actress, receiving the highest number of votes.
Millerchip’s co-star Simon Gleeson (below, right) took out Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the tortured Raoul in Love Never Dies.
Amy Lehpamer (below, left) was a popular choice for Best Actress as the wide-eyed Sherrie in Rock of Ages.
Lehpamer’s leading man Justin Burford narrowly pipped Phantom Ben Lewis (by 1% !) to take out Best Actor for his high profile debut as rocker Drew in Rock of Ages.
The Rock of Ages creative team took out the trio of production team awards: Best Musical Director: Dave Skelton, Best Choreographer: Kelly Devine and Best Director: Kristin Hanggi.
Flowerchildren- The Story of The Mamas and The Papas was Theatre People readers’ favourite as Best Limited Run Musical.
Rock of Ages took out the ultimate prize of Best Musical.
The full list of nominations (with winners in bold):
Best Supporting Actress:
Laura Fitzpatrick Mama Michelle, flowerchildren
Sharon Millerchip, Meg Giry, Love Never Dies
Chelsea Plumley, Lalume, Kismet
Christie Whelan, Erma, Anything Goes
Anne Wood, Celia, Prodigal
Taneel van Zyl, Tonia, Doctor Zhivago
Best Supporting Actor:
Martin Crewes Pasha, Doctor Zhivago
Michael Falzon, Stacee Jaxx, Rock of Ages
Simon Gleeson, Raoul, Love Never Dies
Lincoln Hall, Franz, Rock of Ages
Brent Hill, Lonny, Rock of Ages
Bert LaBonté Dr Fine/Dr Madden, Next to Normal
Kate Kendall, Diana, Next to Normal
Amy Lehpamer, Sherrie, Rock of Ages
Lucy Maunder, Lara, Doctor Zhivago
Samantha Morley, Harriet Piper, The Hatpin
Anna O’Byrne Christine Daae, Love Never Dies
Christie Whelan, Clio/Kira, Xanadu
Justin Burford, Drew, Rock of Ages
Matt Hetherington, Dan, Next to Normal
Ben Lewis, The Phantom, Love Never Dies
Sam Ludeman, Sonny, Xanadu
Alex Rathgeber, Billy, Anything Goes
Anthony Warlow, Yuri Zhivago, Doctor Zhivago
Best Musical Director:
Kellie Dickerson, Doctor Zhivago
Mathew Frank, Next to Normal
Guy Noble, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Guy Simpson, Love Never Dies
Dave Skelton, Rock of Ages
Sophie Thomas, flowerchildren
Kelley Abbey, Xanadu
Kelly Devine, Rock of Ages
Andrew Hallsworth, Anything Goes
Graeme Murphy, Love Never Dies
Alana Scanlan, Kismet
Stephen Wheat, Hello, Dolly! (magnormos)
Dean Bryant, Next to Normal
Aaron Joyner, flowerchildren
Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages
Shaun Kingma, The Hatpin
Des McAnuff, Doctor Zhivago
Simon Phillips, Love Never Dies
Best Limited Run/Concert Musical:
Best New Musical:
Love Never Dies
Next to Normal
Rock of Ages