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.

 

 

2013 Theatre People Pro Choice nominations announced – click here

2012 Theatre People Pro Choice winners announced – click here

2011 Theatre People Pro Choice winners announced – click here

2010 Theatre People Pro Choice winners announced – click here

 

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

 

Best Actress:

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

 

Best Actor:

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

 

Best Choreographer:

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

 

Best Director:

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

Pippin– Magnormos

Children of Eden – Magnormos

They're Playing Our Song – HIT Productions

Carrie – Squabbalogic

 

Best Musical:

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

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