Hundreds upon hundreds of theatre fans voted for their favourites in this year’s Theatre People Pro Choice Awards. The number of voters for the fourth annual awards smashed the previous record by around 40%.
The overall favourite was clearly Gypsy, taking out wins in a whopping six of the categories. The Production Company’s highly memorable staging of beloved backstage musical Gypsy beat a wide field to take out Best Limited Run/Concert Musical.
For the second year in a row, Gale Edwards was voted Best Director. Future collaborations between Edwards and TPC are highly anticipated!
If you were lucky enough to attend Gypsy you would have noticed that not only was the audience silent throughout the overture, but they also stayed to hear, and applaud, the playout. It is not too surprising, then, that gifted maestro Guy Simpson won Best Musical Director.
Caroline O’Connor (below), currently wowing them in A Christmas Story at New York’s Madison Square Garden, was a very popular choice for Best Actress, receiving the most votes of any nominee in any category.
The Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories were fiercely contested, with the lead position changing daily, and the ultimate favourites winning by tight margins. Talented triple threat Nathan Pinnell (below, left) stood out as ambitious hoofer Tulsa in Gypsy, winning the crowd over with his sensational song and dance number “All I Need Is The Girl.” Christina Tan (below, right) engaged audience affections while portraying Gypsy Rose Lee’s journey from wide-eyed wallflower to sultry stripper.
Demonstrating that audiences love virtuosic displays of dance, especially tap, the winner for Best Choreographer came from Hot Shoe Shuffle, which showcased the spectacular work of co-choreographers David Atkins and Dein Perry.
Versatile leading man Matt Hetherington (below, right) took out the title of Best Actor for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Hetherington previously won a Green Room Award for the role of Freddy Benson in The Production Company’s 2009 production.
The top prize of Best Musical went to mighty Melbourne musical King Kong, which edged out the closest competitor by the narrowest of margins. Kong is still packing them in at the Regent Theatre ahead a planned move to conquer even greater heights on Broadway in the very near future.
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Best Supporting Actress:
Teagan Wouters, Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family
Christina Tan, Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy
Nancye Hayes, Old Lady/Blair Daniels, Sunday in the Park with George
Christie Whelan-Browne, Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain
Lucy Maunder, Rizzo, Grease
Margi de Ferranti, Margaret White, Carrie
Best Supporting Actor:
Russell Dykstra, Uncle Fester, The Addams Family
Chris Ryan, Jack Driscoll, King Kong
Nathan Pinnell, Tulsa, Gypsy
Rohan Browne, Leading Player, Pippin
Adam Murphy, The Pirate King, The Pirates of Penzance
Rob Johnson, Tommy Ross, Carrie
Esther Hannaford, Ann Darrow, King Kong
Caroline O’Connor, Rose, Gypsy
Christina O’Neill, Dot/Marie, Sunday in the Park with George
Laura Fitzpatrick, Eve/Mama Noah, Children of Eden
Amy Lehpamer, Christine Colgate, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Hilary Cole, Carrie, Carrie
Alexander Lewis, Georges Seurat/George, Sunday in the Park with George
Bobby Fox, Spring, Hot Shoe Shuffle
Luigi Lucente, Pippin, Pippin
David Harris, Adam/Noah, Children of Eden
Tony Sheldon, Lawrence Jameson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Matt Hetherington, Freddy Benson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Best Musical Director:
Luke Hunter, The Addams Family
Guy Simpson, Gypsy
David Stratton, Max Lambert, Hot Shoe Shuffle
Cameron Thomas, Children of Eden
Guy Simpson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Mark Chamberlain, Carrie
Sergio Trujillo, The Addams Family
John O’Connell, King Kong
Andrew Hallsworth, Gypsy
David Atkins, Dein Perry Hot Shoe Shuffle
Michael Ralph, Pippin
Arlene Phillips/Charlotte Bull, Grease
Gale Edwards, Gypsy
Stuart Maunder, Sunday in the Park with George
Aaron Joyner, Godspell
Stephen Wheat, Pippin
Rodger Hodgman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Jay James-Moody, Carrie
Best Limited Run/Concert Musical:
Gypsy – The Production Company
Singin’ in the Rain – The Production Company
The Pirates of Penzance – The PRoduction Compnay
Sunday in the Park with George – Victorian Opera
Godspell – Magnormos
Children of Eden – Magnormos
They're Playing Our Song – HIT Productions
Carrie – Squabbalogic
Hot Shoe Shuffle – David Atkins Enterprises
Grease – John Frost
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Tim Lawson
King Kong – Global Creatures
The Addams Family – Rodney Rigby et al
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – James Anthony Productions and George Youakim