BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2015 NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2015 NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia

Monday 22nd June, 6pm, Rosyln Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay

Tonight, the countdown to the 2015 HELPMANN AWARDS began with the announcement of the 2015 HELPMANN AWARDS Nominees. The 2015 Nominees were announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. Helpmann Awards Administration Committee member and Executive Producer Jon Nicholls opened the Sydney announcement at the Richard Wherrett Studio at the Rosyln Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. Musical Theatre favourite Helen Dallimore played MC and was assisted by LES MISERABLES cast members Simon Gleeson, Hayden Tee, Patrice Tipoki, Trevor Ashely and Opera Australia's Taryn Fiebig in announcing the Nominees. There were 738 eligible entries for the 2015 nominations in 44 categories in comparison to the 100 entries in 21 categories when the awards were established in 2001.

The presentation included the announcement of the Best Special Event Award for 2015 being awarded to Perth International Arts Festival, in association with Royal De Luxe for THE INCREDIBLE AND PHENOMENAL JOURNEY OF THE GIANTS TO THE STREETS OF PERTH. The three day event as part of the Perth International Arts Festival drew over 1 million people to view the spectacle. Locals and visitors saw the giant sized Diver and Girl marionettes take to the streets of Perth, sleeping, washing, exploring and eventually reuniting on the waterfront before departing the city via barge down the Swan River.

The 2015 JC Williamson Award will also be presented to Paul Kelly at the ceremony in July. The JC Williamson Award recognises individuals that have "made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of the Australian liver entertainment and performing arts culture and shaped the future of the industry for the better". Kelly, as a performer and songwriter has over 20 recorded studio albums, several film soundtracks, two live albums and a critically acclaimed memoir.

The 2015 Sue Nattrass Award will be presented to Eric Robinson, CEO of JPJ Audio and Jands Production Services (JPS). The Sue Nattrass Award honours "exceptional service to the Australian live performance industry shining a spotlight on people in service roles in a field which may not enjoy a high public profile." Mr Robinson has held the position of CEO of JPJ Audio and Jands Production Services since 1970 and has extensive experience in sound reinforcement, lighting, rigging, large screen projection and special effects and has been involved with major music events, festivals, and theatre works.

The Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors has been awarded to Jessica Gethin. Gethin started as a Conducting Intern with Western Australia Youth Orchestra and has garnered praised for her "dynamic energy, outstanding musicianship and abounding presence on the podium".

The Awards winners will be announced on Monday 27th July 2015, 7:30pm at Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Utilising the set of LES MISERABLES, currently showing at the Capitol Theatre, the 2015 HELPMANN AWARDS will be hosted by previous HELPMANN AWARD Winner, Todd McKenney and will include an opening performance from the cast of LES MISERABLES along with performances from ONCE, ANYTHING GOES, THE AUSTRALIAN PIANO QUARTET, COSENTINO - THE GRAND ILLUSIONIST and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

Tickets available through Ticketmaster. The presentation will also be broadcast on FOXTEL ARTS and free on www.foxtelarts.com.au.

The Helpmann Awards are Australia's version of Broadway's Tony Awards and London's Olivier Awards. The annual awards recognise achievement in live performance including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. The awards were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia to honour the memory and achievements of Sir Robert Helpmann. They promote, celebrate and recognise the live performance industry.

Sir Robert Helpmann (1909-1986), from Mount Gambier South Australia, is best known for his contribution to ballet as a dancer, choreographer and director was a stage film and television actor, a director of plays and operas and a singer. His choreography lives on through movies such as the 1948 THE RED SHOES and THE TALES OF HOFFMANN (1953). He held the position of Artistic Director at the Duchess Theatre, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet for 11 years between 1965 and 1976 and Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts from 1970-1976 amongst many other roles. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1964, Australian of the Year in 1966 and received his knighthood in 1968.


INDUSTRY AWARDS

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Anna Cordingley MASQUERADE Produced by Griffin Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia. NSW: Presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House. SA: Presented in association with Adelaide Festival Centre and Windmill Theatre. VIC: Presented by Melbourne Festival. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Griffin Theatre Company.

Dale Ferguson ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

Gabriela Tylesova THE RABBITS Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, in association with West Australian Opera. Co-commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival.

Brisbane Baroque in association with QPAC

Gary McCann FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque in association with QPAC

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Geoff Cobham PHILIP GLASS TRILOGY State Opera Company, South Australia

Nick Schlieper MACBETH Sydney Theatre Company

Paule Constable FAUST Opera Australia

Paule Constable LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

Rachel Burke MARLIN Produced by Arena Theatre Company, Presented by Melbourne Theatre Company

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant LITTLE BIRD State Theatre Company of South Australia, in association with Adelaide Festival Centre

Kate Miller=Heidke and Iain Grandage THE RABBITS Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, in association with West Australian Opera. Co-commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival.

Mikelangelo and The Blacksea Gentlemen MASQUERADE Produced by Griffin Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia. NSW: Presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House. SA: Presented in association with Adelaide Festival Centre and Windmill Theatre. VIC: Presented by Melbourne Festival. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Griffin Theatre Company.

Tim Rogers WHAT RHYMES WITH CARS AND GIRLS Melbourne Theatre Company

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

Erin Helyard FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque, in association with QPAC

Martin Lowe ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

Tim Rogers WHAT RHYMES WITH CARS AND GIRLS Melbourne Theatre Company

Timothy Sexton PHILIP GLASS TRILOGYState Opera South Australia

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Dan Potra THE PERFECT AMERICAN Brisbane Festival and Opera Queensland, in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Griffith University

Geoff Cobham LITTLE BIRD State Theatre Company of South Australia, in association with Adelaide Festival Centre

Marg Horwell MARLIN Produced by Arena Theatre Company, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company

Matt Kinley LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Clive Goodwin ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

JD Brill, Clair Global and Eagles EAGLES | HISTORY OF THE EAGLES LIVE IN CONCERT 2015 The Eagles and Live Nation

Michael Waters ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

Mick Potter LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK

Aidan Fennessy, Music and Lyrics by Tim Rogers WHAT RHYMES WITH CARS AND GIRLS Melbourne Theatre Company

Arena Theatre Company MARLIN Produced by Arena Theatre Company, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company

Joanna Murray-Smith SWITZERLAND Sydney Theatre Company

Nicki Bloom with songs and music by Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant LITTLE BIRD State Theatre Company of South Australia, in association with Adelaide Festival Centre

Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, in Association with West Australian Opera, co-commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival, THE RABBITS Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, in association with West Australian Opera. Co-commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival.

Tamara Saulwick ENDINGS Sydney Festival and Insite Arts

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

BEST AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY CONCERT

Chet Faker NATIONAL TOUR 2015 Chet Faker, Live Nation, Artist Voice, Opulent, Future Classics and Perth International Arts Festival

Jimmy Barnes 30:30 HINDSIGHT GREATEST HITS TOUR 2014 Jimmy Barnes and Live Nation, in association with Premier Artists and A Day on The Green

Kylie KISS ME ONCE TOUR 2015 Kylie Minogue and Live Nation

Tina Arena RESET TOUR Tina Arena and New World Artists

BEST CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL

BLUESFEST BYRON BAY The 26th Annual Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015 and Peter Noble

LANEWAY FESTIVAL Lunatic Entertainment and Chugg Entertainment

VIVID LIVE 2015 Destination NSW and Sydney Opera House

WOMADELAIDE 2015 Ian Scobie

BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CONCERT

Ed Sheeran X WORLD TOUR 2015 Ed Sheeran and Live Nation

Foo Fighters SONIC HIGHWAYS WORLD TOUR 2015 Foo Fighters and Live Nation

Paul Simon and Sting ON STAGE TOGETHER Paul Simon, Sting, and Live Nation

The Rolling Stones 14 ON FIRE The Rolling Stones, Live Nation, AEG Live and IEC Entertainment

OPERA AND CLASSICAL MUSIC

BEST DIRECTION OF AN OPERA

David McVicar FAUST Opera Australia

David McVicar DON GIOVANNI Opera Australia

Leigh Warren PHILIP GLASS TRILOGY State Opera of South Australia

Paul Curran FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque, in association with QPAC

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA

Anna Devin FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque, in association with QPAC

Anna Starushkevych FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque, in association with QPAC

Nicole Car DON GIOVANNI Opera Australia

Taryn Fiebig DON GIOVANNI Opera Australia

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA

Caitlin Hulcup IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE Pinchgut Opera

Jennifer Rivera FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque, in association with QPAC

Latonia Moore AIDA - HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR Opera Australia

Nicole Car FAUST Opera Australia

BEST MALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA

Christopher Lowrey FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque, in association with QPAC

Shane Lowrencev DON GIOVANNI Opera Australia

Teddy Tahu Rhodes FAUST Opera Australia

Warwick Fyfe THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Victorian Opera

BEST MALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA

Adam Diegel MADAMA BUTTERFLY English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Lithuanian National Opera, In association with West Australian Opera and Perth International Arts Festival

Christopher Purves THE PERFECT AMERICAN BrisbanE Festival and Opera Queensland, in association with QPAC and Griffith University

Claudio Sgura TOSCA Opera Australia

Michal Fabino FAUST Opera Australia

Teddy Tahu Rhodes DON GIOVANNI Opera Australia

BEST OPERA

FARAMONDO Brisbane Baroque, in association with QPAC

FAUST Opera Australia

MADAMA BUTTERFLY English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Lithuanian National Opera, In association with West Australian Opera and Perth International Arts Festival

PHILIP GLASS TRILOGY State Opera of South Australia

BEST CHAMBER AND INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT

GOLDNER STRING QUARTET, MUSICA VIVA INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES NATIONAL TOUR 2015 Goldner String Quartet for Musica Viva Australia

LES ARTS FLORISSANTS and LE JARDIN DES VOIX IN A JARDIN A L'ITALIENNE Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House and Perth International Arts Festival

THE SIXTEEN Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, Perth International Arts Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Australian National University of Music, Llewellyn Hall

STEPHEN HOUGH IN RECITAL Sydney Symphony Orchestra

BEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

THE DAMNATION OF FAUST Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

MAHLER 3 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

REFLECTIONS ON GALLIPOLI Australian Chamber Orchestra

TAFELMUSIK'S HOUSE OF DREAMS Musica Viva

BEST INDIVIDUAL CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Asher Fisch BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Christian Tetzlaff CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF Melbourne Recital Centre

Emanuele Ax THE BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS Sydney Symphony Orchestra

William Christie WILLIAM CHRISTIE Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, and Perth International Arts Festival

COMEDY

BEST COMEDY PERFORMER

Judith Lucy JUDITH LUCY - ASK NO QUESTIONS OF THE MOTH Token Events

Matt Okine THE OTHER GUY Century Entertainment

Nazeem Hussain NAZEEM HUSSAIN - LEGALLY BROWN Live Nation

Ronny Chieng YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT Century Entertainment

Sam Simmons SAM SIMMONS - SPAGHETTI FOR BREAKFAST Token Events

CABARET

BEST CABARET PERFORMER

Beccy Cole and Libby O'Donovan THE COWGIRL AND THE SHOWGIRL Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

Camille O'Sullivan CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN - CHANGLELING Arts Centre Melbourne

David Campbell and John Bucchino DAVID CAMPBELL SINGS JOHN BUCCHINO Luckiest Productions

Kim Smith NOVA NOIR Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

DANCE AND PHYSICAL THEATRE

BEST BALLET OR DANCE WORK

FRAME OF MIND Sydney Dance Company

MEETING Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe

MOTION PICTURE Lucy Guerin Inc

PRECIPICE Rachel Arianne Ogle

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

Antony Hamilton MEETING Antony Hamilton Projects, Arts House and Insite Arts

Natalie Weir NATALIE WEIR'S THE RED SHOES Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Rafael Bonachela FRAME OF MIND Sydney Dance Company

Stephen Page PATYEGARANG Bangarra Dance Theatre

BEST FEMALE DANCER IN A DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

Chloe Leong WILLIAM FORSYTHE'S QUINTETT Sydney Dance Company

Elise May NATALIE WEIR'S THE RED SHOES Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Jesse Scales WILLIAM FORSYTHE'S QUINTETT Sydney Dance Company

Madeline Eastoe GISELLE The Australian Ballet

BEST MALE DANCER IN A DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

Alisdair Macindoe MOTION PICTURE Lucy Guerin Inc

Cass Mortimer Eipper WILLIAM FORSYTHE'S QUINTETT Sydney Dance Company

David Mack WILLIAM FORSYTHE'S QUINTETT Sydney Dance Company

Jack Ziesing NATALIE WEIR'S THE RED SHOES Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre

BEST VISUAL AND PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

BEYOND THE CIRCA Arts Centre Melbourne and Circa

DISLOCATE'S "IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK" Marguerite Pepper Productions

THE PAPER ARCHITECT Davy and Kristin McGuire and Perth International Arts Festival

TABAC ROUGE Produced by Compagnie du Hanneton, presented by Sydney Festival

REGIONAL TOURING PRODUCTIONS

BEST REGIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

FESTIVAL OF CIRCA Circa

FOOD Force Majeure and Belvoir

KELLY Queensland Theatre Company

SONS & MOTHERS Performing Lines and No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability

CHILDRENS PRESENTATIONS

BEST PRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS Circa and Queensland Performing Arts Centre

HANS CHRISTIAN, YOU MUST BE AN ANGEL Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne

PETE THE SHEEP Monkey Baa Theatre Company

THE RABBITS Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, in association with West Australian Opera. Co-commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival.

THEATRE

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Andrew Upton ENDGAME Sydney Theatre Company

Clare Watson WHAT RHYMES WITH CARS AND GIRLS Melbourne Theatre Company

Kip Williams SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER Sydney Theatre Company

Sarah Goodes SWITZERLAND Sydney Theatre Company

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY

Helen Thomson AFTER DINNER Sydney Theatre Company

Julie Forsyth ENDGAME Melbourne Theatre Company

Pamela Rabe BECKETT TRYPTYCH - FOOTFALLS State Theatre Company of South Australia in association with Adelaide Festival

Sarah Peirse ENDGAME Sydney Theatre Company

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A PLAY

Julie Forsyth NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN Malthouse Theatre

Pamela Rabe THE GLASS MENAGERIE Belvoir

Robyn Nevin SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER Sydney Theatre Company

Sarah Peirse SWITZERLAND Sydney Theatre Company

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY

Bruce Spence ENDGAME Sydney Theatre Company

Glenn Hazeldine AFTER DINNER Sydney Theatre Company

John Bell AS YOU LIKE IT Bell Shakespeare

Lasarus Ratuere KILL THE MESSENGER Belvoir

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY

Hugo Weaving ENDGAME Sydney Theatre Company

Hunter Page-Lochard BROTHERS WRECK Belvoir

Peter Carroll OEDIPUS REX Belvoir

Steve Rodgers EIGHT GIGABYTES OF HARDCORE PORN Griffin Theatre Company and Perth Theatre Company

BEST PLAY

CALPURNIA DESCENDING Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company

ENDGAME Sydney Theatre Company

THE GLASS MENAGERIE Belvoir

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER Sydney Theatre Company

MUSICALS

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSICAL

Andrew Hallsworth ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

Kate Champion and Michelle Lynch DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC LOVE STORY ON STAGE John Frost

Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

Steven Hoggett ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Dean Bryant ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

John Tiffany ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

Laurence Connor and James Powell LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

Stuart Maunder AM INTO THE WOODS Victorian Opera

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Amy Lehpamer ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

Claire Lyon ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

Kerrie Anne Greenland LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

Lucy Maunder INTO THE WOODS Victorian Opera

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Caroline O'Connor ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

Helen Dallimore BLOOD BROTHERS Enda Markey Presents

Madeline Jones ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

Patrice Tipoki LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Alex Rathgeber ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

Brent Hall ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

Chris Durling LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

Colin Dean ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo

Eddie Muliaumaseali'l SHOW BOAT The Production company

Trevor Ashley LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Hayden Tee LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

Simon Gleeson LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

Todd McKenney ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

Todd McKenney LA CAGE AUX FOLLES The Production Company

BEST MUSICAL

ANYTHING GOES Opera Australia and John Frost

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC LOVE STORY ON STAGE John Frost, Karl Sydow, Martin McCullum and Joyce Entertainment

LES MISERABLES Cameron Mackintosh Australia

ONCE John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo


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