All the Winners of the 2019 Helpmann Awards
43 Awards Across Two Star Studded Nights in Melbourne
Hosted by Melbourne for the first time, the 19th annual Helpmann Awards were presented across two events with the entertaining gala final night also being broadcast nationally on ABC TV.
The Act II Gala on Monday 15th July at Melbourne’s Arts Centre was a star studded black-tie gala event hosted by the fabulous duo of comedian, writer and actor, Susie Youssef, and Artistic Director of State Theatre SA, Mitchell Butel.
Saluting artistic excellence and achievement on Australian stages over the past year, 23 prestigious Helpmann Awards were presented in the categories of comedy, cabaret, contemporary music, musicals, opera, classical music, theatre and ballet, dance and physical theatre. These Awards complemented the 20 Awards announced the previous night at the 2019 Helpmann Awards Act I.
This year’s special guest presenters included industry luminaries Greta Bradman, Rhonda Burchmore OAM, Uncle Jack Charles, Joel Creasey, Lucy Durack, James Egglestone, Nancye Hayes AM, Stephanie Lake, Chong Lim, Paul Kelly AO, Rachael Maza, David McAllister AM, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jacob Nash, Keir Nuttall, Beau Dean Riley Smith and Vanessa Scammell.
In a world first, the cast of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD performed an exclusive montage at the play’s Australian home, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, which was beamed live to the thrilled 2019 Helpmann Awards audience at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre.
As well as the special live cross to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, acclaimed performances at the State Theatre included Victorian Opera with their new work Lorelei, featuring divas Ali McGregor, Dimity Shepherd and Danielle Calder; The Australian Ballet with an exquisite new piece from Aurum by choreographer Alice Topp; the breathtaking Bangarra dancers Beau Dean Riley Smith, Rikki Mason, Tyrel Dulvarie, Ryan Pearson, Baden Hitchcock and Bradley Smith in an excerpt from the Helpmann Award winning production Bennelong; a special tribute to Kev Carmody from electronic soul pop duo Electric Fields; musical theatre darling Silvie Paladino; and bringing the show home was the sensational Brent Hill and the extraordinary kids from the hit musical School of Rock.
For all winners across all 43 performance categories please visit www.helpmannawards.com.au
AWARDS FOR DANCE & MUSICAL THEATRE:
BEST MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Brent Hill | School of Rock The Musical
BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Tony Sheldon | Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The New Musical
BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Ursula Yovich | Barbara and the Camp Dogs
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Elaine Crombie | Barbara and the Camp Dogs
BEST MALE DANCER IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
Waangenga Blanco | Dark Emu (Bangarra Dance Theatre)
BEST FEMALE DANCER IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
Tara Jade Samaya | Common Ground (Chunky Move)
BEST VISUAL OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
Out of Chaos | Gravity an Other Myths
Aurum | The Australian Ballet
BEST DANCE PRODUCTION
The Beginning of Nature | Australian Dance Theatre
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
Antony Hamilton | Forever & Ever (Sydney Dance Company)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSICAL
Malik le Nost & Mitchell Woodcock | Saturday Night Fever
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Francesca Zambello | Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: West Side Story (Opera Australia)
Ali McGregor | Yma Sumac-The Peruvian Songbird (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)
Barbara and the Camp Dogs | Belvoir
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Ursula Yovich, Alana Valentine & Adm Ventoura | Barbara and the Camp Dogs
BEST REGIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
Bennelong | Bangarra Dance Theatre