NOMINEES for the 2017 Helpmann Awards, celebrating excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors, were announced last night at simultaneous events across the country.
Singer and musical theatre star Rob Mills hosted the Perth event at State Theatre Centre of WA with nominees across 42 categories in musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentation for children, regional touring and cabaret.
Nods were given to Perth-related productions including PIAF’s Boorna Waanginy for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design while The Encounter, also part of PIAF 2017, was nominated in the latter category.
WA Ballet former soloist Andre Santos was rewarded for his role in the company’s production of Beauty and the Beast with Best Male Dancer and Joel Creasey is up for Best Comedy Performer in his stand-up show Poser.
Black Swan State Theatre Centre and Queensland Theatre collaboration Once in Royal David’s City is in line for Best Play with lead Jason Klarwein nominated for Best Actor in a Play.
Perth independent theatre company The Last Great Hunt’s New Owner was nominated for Best Presentation for Children, Antoinette Halloran for Best Female Performer in WA Opera’s Tosca and WASO for Best Symphony Orchestra Concert with Asher Fisch Conducts Resurrection.
My Fair Lady, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots and Aladdin are all up for Best Musical while Adele is in the category of Best International Contemporary Concert.
Live Performance Australia chief executive Evelyn Richardson said it had been a remarkable year for live performance in Australia, reflecting a vibrant industry with more than 18 million people attending shows across the country and ticket revenues of $1.4 billion.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, July 24 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney on the set of Kinky Boots.
The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel Arts and webcast free via www.foxtelarts.com.au.