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Helpmann Awards Nominations Announced

Live Performance Australia (LPA) today announced the List of Nominations in each of the 42 categories for the 2010 Helpmann Awards®.

The announcement was made concurrently at the Sydney Opera House, and at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Additionally, the LPA announced that Tony Gould AM and Brian Nebenzahl OAM RFD are the recipients of the prestigious JC Williamson AwardTM. This Award recognises an extraordinary contribution by distinguished members of the live entertainment industry, and will be presented at the Helpmann Awards®. Kathryn Sadler, Chair of the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust announced that Burhan Güner is the winner of the Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors, and presented Burhan with a $7,000 prize.

Burhan Güner is the 14 th recipient of this award. The 2010 Helpmann Awards® Ceremony will be held on Monday 6 September at 6.30pm at Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, whilst the After Party will be held at The Argyle in The Rocks.

David Campbell, acclaimed performer and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, will MC the Awards Ceremony. The Ceremony will include performances by the casts of Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, Wizard of Oz, Drowsy Chaperone, West Side Story, Bangarra Dance Company, Australian String Quartet, Man in Black and the full cast of Mary Poppins. An opening number, specially written to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the Awards, will be presented by the Ceremony MC, David Campbell.

LPA's Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson, said "the Helpmann Awards® are the pinnacle industry event for Australia's live performance industry, recognising the very best in live performances that annually attracts over 15 million people to shows across the nation with revenues of over $A1.8 billion, and growing."

The Helpmann Awards® will be broadcast live and exclusively on STVDIO, channel 132 on FOXTEL.

Tickets for the 2010 Helpmann Awards® Ceremony, will go on sale on Monday 9 August available to the general public through the Sydney Opera House or 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com. A FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE. www.helpmannawards.com.au



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