The 2010 Helpmann Awards® were presented last night Monday 6 September from 6.30pm at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House with a live television broadcast from 8.30pm on STVDIO, channel 132 on FOXTEL. Following the Awards Ceremony guests enjoyed an After Party at The Argyle in The Rocks.
The Helpmann Awards®, established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA), saw the presentation of awards in 42 categories. In addition Tony Gould AM and Brian Nebenzahl OAM RFD were honoured as the recipients of the prestigious JC Williamson AwardTM that recognises their outstanding contribution to the Australian live performance industry. Tony Gould received tributes from Donald McDonald, John Frost, and acclaimed performer Dennis Olsen whose career was guided by Tony Gould; whilst Brian Nebenzahl received tributes from Cameron Mackintosh, Tim McFarlane, James Thane and a host of other colleagues representing his extensive career.
David Campbell was host of the Awards Ceremony and sang two numbers during the evening. The Ceremony included performances by the casts of Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, The Wizard Of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone, West Side Story, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Smoke & Mirrors featuring iOTA, The Australia String Quartet, The Man In Black and the cast of Mary Poppins.
Award Presenters, all past winners of a Helpmann Award, included Kelley Abbey, David Atkins, Sandra Bates, John Bell, Cate Blanchett, Bille Brown, Mitchell Butel, David Campbell, Zoe Carides, Peter Carroll, Kate Champion, Tim Chappel, Adrian Collette, Chloe Dallimore, Marta Dusseldorp, Peter England, John Gaden, Lizzy Gardiner, Lisa Gasteen, Darren Gilshenan, Robert Grubb, Burhan Güner, Jane Harders, Amanda Harrison, Nancye Hayes, Steven Heathcote, Lindy Hume, iOTA, Shane Jacobson, Lana Jones, Elena Kats-Chernin, Ewen Leslie, Julie Lynch, Danielle Matthews, Emma Matthews, David McAllister, Belinda McClory, Donald McDonald , Todd McKenney, Sharon Millerchip, Richard Mills, Amanda Muggleton, David Page, Stephen Page, Marion Potts, Hannie Rayson, Nick Schlieper, Terry Serio, Garry Stewart, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Williamson, Ben Winspear, The Umbilical Brothers and Ursula Yovich.
And the winners are
Best Male Actor in supporting role in a Musical
Luke Joslin -Avenue Q
Best Female Actor in supporting role in a Musical
Christina O’ Neil -Avenue Q
Best Male Actor in supporting role in a Play
Humphrey Bower -Richard III
Best Female Actor in supporting role in a Play
Alison Whyte -Richard III
Best Costume Design
Gabriela Tylesova -Cosi fan tutte
Best Scenic Design
Dale Ferguson -August -Osage County
Best Sound Design
Paul Charlier -A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Lighting Design
Nigel Levings -Bliss
Best Male Actor in supporting role in an Opera
Andrew Foote -Peter Grimes
Best Female Actor in supporting role in an Opera
Taryn Fiebig -Bliss
Best International Contemporary Concert
Michael Coppel -Pink Funhouse Tour
Best Contemporary Music Festival
A Big Day Out
Best Regional Touring Production
Bangarra Dance Theatre – True Stories
Best Special Event
Sydney Festival ‘Festival First Night’
Best Original Score
Smoke and Mirrors
Best Individual Classical performance
Imogen Cooper
Best Chamber and Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Imogen Cooper with the Sydney Symphony
Best Music Direction
Ron Melrose and Luke Hunter -Jersey Boys
Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Production
Stephen Page – Fire
Best Choreography in a Musical
Kelley Abbey – Fame The Musical
Best Direction of a Musical
Jonathan Biggins Avenue Q
Best Direction of an Opera
Neil Armfield -Peter Grimes
Best Direction of a Play
Simon Phillips -Richard III
Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production
This kind of Ruckas Version 1.0 inc
Best Cabaret Performer
Best Male Actor in a Play
Ewen Leslie -Richard III
Best Female Actor in a Play
Julie Forsyth -Happy Days
Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Richard Cilli – We Unfold
Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Danielle Rowe -Dyad 1929
Best Symphony Orchestra Concert
Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms Sydney Festival with Sydney Symphony and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir
Best Male Actor in a Musical
Mitchell Butel -Avenue Q
Best Female Actor in a Musical
Michala Banas -Avenue Q
Best Presentation for Children
Sonya Hartnett’s Thursday Child Monkey Baa
Best New Australian Work
Smoke and Mirrors iOTA and Craig Illott
Best Comedy Performer
Wil Anderson
Best Australian Contemporary Concert
The Man in Black The Johnny Cash Story
Best Male Performer in an Opera
Stuart Skelton -Petrer Grimes
Best Female Performer in an Opera
Emma Mathews – La Sonnambula
Best Opera
Peter Grimes Opera Australia
Best Ballet or Dance Work
Fire Bangarra Dance Theatre
Best Play
Richard 111 Melbourne Theatre Company
Best Musical
Jersey Boys
Dodger Theatricals, Rodney Rigby and Dainty Consolidated
The Awards Ceremony was Produced by Jon Nicholls and Directed by Stuart Maunder.
President of Live Performance Australia, Andrew Kay, said “We’re delighted to be presenting our 10th anniversary Helpmann Awards® live from the Sydney Opera House this evening.
The Helpmanns are a celebration of the very best in live performance in Australia. They also serve as a reminder of the central place live performance takes in the lives of so many Australians, whether it be a child attending a live concert for the very first time, a young Australian attending a concert by their favourite band or comedian, or one of the millions of Australians who attend our major musicals or performances by our extraordinary performing arts companies.
Live performance engages and entertains audiences across the breadth of Australia from the smallest rural community to the largest city. And the strength of the industry is evidenced in the extraordinary list of outstanding Helpmann nominees we honour tonight.”
NSW Minister for the Arts Virginia Judge congratulated the winners of this year’s Helpmann Awards®.
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Helpmann Awards and the second year the NSW Government has supported the event through Events NSW.
“Our investment reinforces the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to the creative industries. We helped move the event to the iconic Sydney Opera House to reflect the stature and prestige of the Helpmanns,” she said.
The Helpmann Awards® was broadcast live and exclusively on STVDIO, channel 132 on FOXTEL.

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