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Helpmann Awards announce 2019 nominations

The 2019 Helpmann Award nominations are out with nods to some of our favourite plays and musicals of this year.

The Helpmann Awards, celebrating Australia’s live performance industry, has announced the nominations for the 2019 annual ceremony. Headed to Melbourne this year, the ceremony will be hosted at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre next month.

And the nominees are…

The Australian premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory received nominations in almost every musical category, with nominations for Lucy Maunder as Mrs Bucket, Paul Slade Smith as Willy Wonka and Tony Sheldon as Grandpa Joe. Nominations were also given to the creative team with Joshua Bergasse recognised for his choreography and director Jack O’Brien nominated for best direction of a musical as well as a prestigious Best Musical nomination.

The celebrated Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received nominations for Paula Arundell’s brilliant and funny portrayal of Hermione, and William McKenna’s hilariously clever portrayal of Scorpius Malfoy. The production was, of course, nominated for best production of a play for their brilliantly innovative production.

Despite being nominated in several categories last year, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical continues to wow the theatre community. Nominations were given for newcomer Natalie Abbott in her genuine and vulnerable performance as Muriel Heslop, as well as for Pippa Grandison in the heartbreaking role of the mother.

Running in Australia for almost three years, The Book of Mormon the Musical is still showing an impressive hand with nominations for the current Elder Price, Blake Bowden and Elder McKinley, Joel Granger. The Opera Australia and Gordon Frost production of Evita which broke box office records at Arts Centre Melbourne received nominations for Tina Arena’s stunning performance as Eva Peron and for the direction by Broadway legend Hal Prince.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s production of West Side Story also received nominations in six of the seven musical theatre categories, with nominations for Julio Monge’s choreography, Francesca Zambello’s direction, and a nod for best musical. The cast were also recognised with nominations for Karli Dinardo as Anita, Alexander Lewis as Tony, and Mark Hill as Riff.

Best Musical

  • In The Heights – Sydney Opera House and The Arthouse Wyong Presents, produced by Blue Saint Productions in association with Neil Gooding
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions
  • Barbara and the Camp Dogs – Belvoir
  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour West Side Story – Opera Australia

Best Production of a Play

  • Counting & Cracking – Belvoir & Co-Curious
  • Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death – Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre
  • The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two – Sydney Theatre Company
  • Song for a Weary Throat – Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Festival
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, and Australian Executive Producer, Michael Cassel
  • The Second Woman – Adelaide Festival and Vitalstatistix

Best Comedy Performer

  • Rys Nicholson – Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations
  • Cassie Workman – Giantess
  • James Acaster – Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999
  • Damien Power – Man Puts His Dreams In A Sock
  • Anne Edmonds – What’s Wrong With You
  • Hannah Gadsby – Douglas

Best Dance Production

  • Grand Finale – Adelaide Festival
  • Forever & Ever – Sydney Dance Company
  • Australian Dance Theatre – The Beginning of Nature
  • OVERTURE – Arts House and Jo Lloyd

Best Costume Design

  • Jennifer Irwin for Dark Emu – Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Renee Mulder for The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two – Sydney Theatre Company
  • Gabriela Tylesova for Twelfth Night – Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, and Australian Executive Producer, Michael Cassel

Best Lighting Design

  • Mark Howett for The Long Forgotten Dream – Sydney Theatre Company
  • Nick Schlieper for Saint Joan – Sydney Theatre Company
  • Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, and Australian Executive Producer, Michael Cassel
  • Damien Cooper for ab [intra] – Sydney Dance Company

Best Music Direction

  • Erin Helyard for Artaserse – Pinchgut Opera
  • Andrea Molino for Wozzeck – Opera Australia
  • Aaron Wyatt for Speechless – Tura New Music and Perth Festival
  • Jordan De Souza for Komische Oper Berlin’s The Magic Flute – Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

Best New Australian Work

  • Counting & Cracking – Belvoir & Co-Curious
  • Spinifex Gum – Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts
  • Barbara and the Camp Dogs – Belvoir
  • Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death – Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre
  • The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two – Sydney Theatre Company
  • Lé Nør – The Last Great Hunt, Perth Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Best Original Score

  • William Barton for The Long Forgotten Dream – Sydney Theatre Company
  • Ursula Yovich, Alana Valentine and Adm Ventoura for Barbara and the Camp Dogs – Belvoir
  • Imogen Heap for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, and Australian Executive Producer, Michael Cassel
  • Kate Miller-Heidke & Keir Nuttall for Twelfth Night – Melbourne Theatre Company

Best Scenic Design

  • Jacob Nash for Twelfth Night – Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Dale Ferguson for Counting & Cracking – Belvoir & Co-Curious
  • Adriane Daff, Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Tim Watts, Anthony Watts, Gita Bezard, Jeffrey Jay Fowler, Caitri Jones, Jo Morris, Kristie Smith and Clare Testoni for Lé Nør [the rain] – The Last Great Hunt, Perth Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, and Australian Executive Producer, Michael Cassel
  • Brian Thomson for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: West Side Story – Opera Australia

Best Sound Design

  • Stefan Gregory for Counting & Cracking – Belvoir & Co-Curious
  • Steve Francis for Dark Emu – Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Nate Edmondson for The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two – Sydney Theatre Company
  • Gareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, and Australian Executive Producer, Michael Cassel.

Now that the nominations are in we’re even more excited about the ceremony in July. If you want to be a part of the industry’s night of nights and rub shoulders with some of Australia’s best talent you can. Limited tickets to the Helpmann Awards are available to purchase at Ticketmaster.com.au

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