WINNERS ARE GRINNERS AT THE 2009 HELPMANN AWARDS

Published on 28th Jul, 2009

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS AT THE 2009 HELPMANN AWARDSThe 9th Annual Helpmann Awards were held last night at Sydney’s Opera House. All theatre goers were out in force to support the arts at this annual event that has become quite a prestigious ceremony amongst the community. Yesterday there were a few reports about Caroline O’Connor not performing on the night anymore due to the fact that she was not nominated for an award. We think she is fabulous! Anyway, the show still went on with performances from the cast of Chicago, Avenue Q and Wicked plus a performance from the phenomenal Sydney Dance Company.

A special mention must go to Stephen Page for his work Mathinna which scored him Best in a Dance or Physical Production (look out for our interview with Stephen next week) as well as Sharon Millerchip who won Best Female Actor in A Musical for Chicago. Wicked took home Best Musical and Best Choreography in a Musical (Wayne Cilento).

Congratulations to Antony Hamilton and the beautiful Lana Jones who won Best Male and Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production.

For the full list of winners see below.

2009 Helpmann Award winners:

Best Costume Design: Susan Hilferty, Wicked

Best Scenic Design: Eugene Lee, Wicked

Best Lighting Design: Nick Schlieper, War of the Roses

Best Sound Design: Max Lyandvert, War of the Roses

Best Regional Touring Production: Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Best Special Event: Sound Relief

Best Original Score: David Page, Mathinna

Best Music Direction: Richard Hickox, Billy Budd

Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production: Stephen Page, Mathinna

Best Choreography in a Musical: Wayne Cilento, Wicked

Best Direction of an Opera: Neil Armfield, Billy Budd

Best Direction of a Musical: Lisa Leguillou, Wicked

Best Direction of a Play: Benedict Andrews, War of the Roses

Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production: Compagnie Philippe Genty, Lands End

Best Contemporary Music Festival: Big Day Out 2009

Best Australian Contemporary Concert: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Best International Contemporary Concert: Leonard Cohen World Tour 2009

Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera: John Wegner, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera: Dominica Matthews, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play: Ewen Leslie, War of the Roses

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play: Marta Dusseldorp, War of the Roses

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Rob Guest, Wicked

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Nancye Hayes, My Fair Lady

Best Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Flowering Tree, Perth International Arts Festival/WA Opera/West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Best Chamber and Instrumental Ensemble Concert: Ecstatic Dances

Best Presentation for Children: The Promise, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus

Best New Australian Work: Eddie Perfect, Shane Warne The Musical

Best Comedy Performer: Tim Minchin, Tim Minchin – Ready For This?

Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production: Antony Hamilton, Two Faced Bastard

Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production: Lana Jones, Graeme Murphy’s Firebird

Best Individual Classical Performance: Pianist Herbert Schuch, The Beethoven Festival

Best Male Performer in an Opera: John Wegner, Billy Budd

Best Female Performer in an Opera: Tiffany Speight, The Coronation of Poppea

Best Male Actor in a Play: Ben Winspear, Baghdad Wedding

Best Female Actor in a Play: Robyn Nevin, Women of Troy

Best Male Actor in a Musical: Bille Brown, Monty Python’s Spamalot

Best Female Actor in a Musical: Sharon Millerchip, Chicago

Best Ballet or Dance Work: Mathinna, Bangarra Dance Theatre

Best Opera: Billy Budd, Opera Australia

Best Play: War of the Roses, Sydney Theatre Company

Best Musical: Wicked, Marc Platt, David Stone, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and John Frost.

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