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Helpmann Awards 2019 winners

The Arts Centre in Melbourne was the place to be last night for Act Two of the 2019 Helpmann Awards. Hosted by Susie Youssef and Mitchell Butel, the star-studded event recognised artistic excellence across the many disciplines of Australia’s live performance sectors.

Helpmann Awards 2019 | image supplied

Awards were given in the following categories: ballet, dance and physical theatre, cabaret, comedy, contemporary music, industry, musicals, opera and classical music, presentation for children and young people, regional touring, and theatre.

Named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann, to commemorate his memory and achievements, the awards are now in their 19th year. The Helpmann Awards were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) to recognise, celebrate and promote our live performance industry, similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London.

The full list of nominees and winners can be found on the Helpmann Awards website. The winners of each category are as follows:

Best Ballet
The Australian Ballet

Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Antony Hamilton

Best Female Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Tara Jade Samaya

Best Male Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production
Waangenga Blanco

Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production
Gravity and Other Myths

Best Dance Production
Australian Dance Theatre

Best Cabaret Performer
Ali McGregor

Best Comedy Performer
Hannah Gadsby

Best Australian Contemporary Concert
Tim Minchin and Live Nation Australasia

Best International Contemporary Concert
David Byrne and Frontier Touring

Best Contemporary Music Festival
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

Best Costume Design
Gabriella Tylesova

Best Lighting Design
Neil Austin

Best Music Direction
Erin Helyard

Best New Australian Work
S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack

Best Original Score
Ursula Yovich, Alana Valentine and Adm Ventoura

Best Scenic Design
Dale Ferguson

Best Sound Design
Stefan Gregory

Best Special Event
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)

Best Choreography in a Musical
Malik Le Nost & Mitchell Woodcock

Best Direction of a Musical
Malik Le Nost & Mitchell Woodcock

Best Female Actor in a Musical
Ursula Yovich

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Elaine Crombie

Best Male Actor in a Musical
Brent Hill

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Tony Sheldon

Best Musical
Barbara and the Camp Dogs
Belvoir in association with Vicki Gordon Music Productions Pty Ltd

Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Melbourne Recital Centre and State Opera of South Australia

Best Direction of an Opera
Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade

Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Taryn Fiebig

Best Female Performer in an Opera
Lise Lindstrom

Best Individual Classical Music Performance
Asher Fisch

Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Tom Erik Lie

Best Male Performer in an Opera
Michael Honeyman

Best Opera
Arts Projects Australia, Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival

Best Symphony Orchestra Concert
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Best Presentation for Children and Young People
Arena Theatre Company

Best Regional Touring Production
Bangarra Dance Theatre

Best Direction of a Play
Eamon Flack and S. Shakthidharan

Best Female Actor in a Play
Kate Mulvany

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash

Best Male Actor in a Play
Prakash Belawadi

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Paul Blackwell

Best Production of a Play
Belvoir & Co-Curious


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