2011 Helpmann Award Nominations Announced

Garry Scale

The 2011 Helpmann Award nominations were announced in Sydney and Melbourne this evening during simultaneous ceremonies hosted by Jonathan Biggins (Sydney) and Todd McKenney (Melbourne).

Nominations in each of the 41 categories for the Helpmann Awards were announced concurrently at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.

Presenters at the Nominations Announcement Event in Sydney were Mitchell Butel, Bobby Fox, Amanda Muggleton and Garry Scale (pictured, above).

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell congratulated the nominees of the 2011 Helpmann Awards and said Sydney is proud to host this prestigious Australian event for the 11th year in succession.

“The Helpmanns are the premier awards event for the Australian performing arts and live entertainment industry, and celebrate the significant contribution the sector makes to the NSW and Australian community.

“Our investment in the 2011 Helpmann Awards re-affirms the NSW Government’s commitment to the creative industries and further strengthens Sydney’s re-emergence as Australia’s live performance capital,” Mr O’Farrell said.

Presenters at the Melbourne Nominations Event were Justin Burford, Amy Lehpamer, Ewen Leslie, Sharon Millerchip, Jo Turner and Christie Whelan.

At the Melbourne event, Kathryn Sadler, Chair of the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust announced Trevor Jones and James Pratt are the joint winners of the Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors, each to receive a $3,500 prize.

Mary Poppins, Love Never Dies, Hairspray and Dr. Zhivago are all up for the BEST MUSICAL gong.

Mary Poppins has been nominated for 12 categories:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Actor in a Musical [Matt Lee]
  • Best Actress in a Musical [Verity Hunt-Ballard]
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Musical [Marina Prior]
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical [Philip Quast]
  • Best Costume Design [Bob Crowley]
  • Best Scenic Design [Bob Crowley]
  • Best Lighting Design [Howard Harrison]
  • Best Sound Design [Peter Grubb]
  • Best Music Direction [Stephen Brooker and Michael Tyack]


Love Never Dies scored 10 nominations:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Actor in a Musical [Ben Lewis]
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical [Simon Gleeson]
  • Best Direction [Simon Phillips]
  • Best Costume Design [Gabriella Tylesova]
  • Best Scenic Design [Gabriella Tylesova]
  • Best Lighting Design [Nick Shlieper]
  • Best Sound Design [Mick Potter]
  • Best Music Direction [Guy Simpson]
  • Best Choreography in a Musical [Graeme Murphy]

Hairspray and Dr. Zhivago each received 7 nominations.

Full List of Nominations:

Best Supporting Male Actor in a Musical:

Scott Irwin (Hairspray), Martin Crewes (Dr. Zhivago), Philip Quast (Mary Poppins), Simon Gleeson (Love Never Dies)

Best Supporting Female Actor in Musical:

Esther Hannaford (Hairspray), Alinta Chidzey (West Side Story), Taneel van Zyl (Dr. Zhivago), Marina Prior (Mary Poppins).

Best Supporting Male Actor in Play:

John Bell (Uncle Vanya), Colin Moody (Measure4Measure), Anthony Phelan (Wild Duck), Dennis Olsen (Sloane).

Best Supporting Female Actor in Play:

Helen Thomson (In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play), Yael Stone (Diary Of A Madman), Anita Hegh (Wild Duck), Ann Phelan (Do Not Go Gentle).

Best Supporting Male in Opera:

Douglas McNicol (Aida), Kanen Breen (Partenope), Andrew Collis (The Bear), Andrew Jones (La Boheme).

Best Supporting Female in Opera:

Elizabeth Campbell (Aida), Nicole Car (Carmen), Emma Pearson (De Rosenkavalier), Dimity Shepherd (Threepenny Opera).

Best Comedy Performer:


Denise Scott (Denise Scott Regrets), Hannah Gadsby (Hannah Gadsby Mrs Chuckles), Tom Gleeson (Tom Gleeson Up Himself), Wil Anderson (Wil Anderson Man Vs Wil)
Best Cabaret Performer:

Eddie Perfect (Misanthropology), Moira Finucane with Maude Davey, Caroline Lee, Paul Cordeiro, Toni Lamond, Shirley Cattunar, Brian Lucas, Sosina Wogayehu, Derek Ives, Azaria Universe, Harriet Ritchie, Holly Durant, Lily Paskas, Carolyn Connors, Lois Olney, Yumi Umiumare, David Pidd, Margaret Dobson, Yvette Coppersmith (Finucane & Smith’s Carnival of Mysteries), Ursula Yovich (Magpie Blues), Paul Capsis (Paul Capsis – Make Me A King)

Best Costume Design:

Janet Hine (Hairspray), Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gabriella Tylesova (Love Never Dies),Tracy Grant Lord (In The Next Room, or the vibrator play)

Best Scenic Design:

Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Kim Carpenter (Snow On Mars), Gabriella Tylesova (Love Never Dies), Brian Thompson (La Boheme)

Best Lighting Design:

Nick Schlieper (Baal), Howard Harrison (Mary Poppins), Adam Silverman (Partenope), Nick Schlieper (Love Never Dies)

Best Sound Design:

Stefan Gregory (Baal), Peter Grubb (Mary Poppins), Claire Brothers (U2 360 Tour), Mick Potter (Love Never Dies)

Best Original Score:

John Rodgers (Where The Heart Is), Alan John (Diary Of A Madman), Regurgitator (Akira), David Milroy (Waltzing The Wilarra).

Best Play:

Uncle Vanya (STC), Do not go gentle (fortyfivedownstairs), Diary Of A Madman (Belvoir), and The Wild Duck (Belvoir)

Best Musical:

Hairspray, Doctor Zhivago, Mary Poppins, Love Never Dies

Best Opera:

Maria de Buenos Aires (State Opera of SA), La Fanciulla del West (Opera Australia), Partenope (Opera Australia), Threepenny Opera(Malthouse/VO)

Best Ballet/Dance Work:

Vertical Road (Akram Khan), Where The Heart Is (Expressions), Sutra (SOH/BNEFEST), Amplification (BalletLab/P.Adams)

Best Visual/Physical Theatre:

Wunderkammer (BrisFest), Propaganda (Hothouse), Shanghai Lady Killer (Stalker), Not In A Million Years (Majeure).

Best Female Actor Play:

Ursula Yovich (Walting The Wilarra), Robyn Nevin (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Cate Blanchett (Uncle Vanya), Robin McLeavy (Measure For Measure)

Best Male Actor Play:

Richard Roxburgh (Uncle Vanya), Geoffrey Rush (Diary Of A Madman), Toby Schmitz (Much Ado), Lucas Stibbard (boygirlwall)

Best Female Actor Musical:

Jaz Flowers (Hairspray), Lucy Maunder (Zhivago), Jemma Rix (Wicked), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins)

Best Male Actor Musical:

Anthony Warlow (Zhivago), David Harris (Wicked), Matt Lee (Mary Poppins), Ben Lewis (Love Never Dies)

Best Female Performer Opera:

Rachelle Durkin (Sonnambula), Rinat Shaham (Carmen), Patricia Racette (Madama Butterfly), Emma Matthews (Partenope)

Best Male Performer Opera:

Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Tosca), John Wegner (La Fanciulla), John Bolton Wood (The Bear), aaaaand… [cont.] …the ol’ P-C-W, Peter Coleman-Wright (Marriage of Figaro).

Best Female Dancer in Dance/Physical Theatre:

Kristina Chan for In Glass, Lucinda Dunn for Cinderella, Madeleine Eastoe for Halcyon, and Brooke Stamp for Amplification.

Best Male Dancer in Dance/Physical Theatre:

Paul White (In Glass), Robert Curran (Madame Butterfly), Stuart Shugg (Human Interest Story), Richard Causer (Where The Heart Is)

Best Direction Play:

Wesley Enoch (Waltzing the Wilarra), Benedict Andrews (Measure For Measure), Nail Armfield (Diary Of A Madman), Simon Stone forThe Wild Duck

Best Direction Opera:

Leigh Warren (Maria de Buenos Aires), Michael Kantor (Threepenny Opera), Nigel Jamieson (La Fanciulla), Chris. Alden (Partenope)

Best Direction Musical: David Atkins (Hairspray), Des McAnuff (Zhivago), Richard Eyre&Matthew Bourne (Mary Poppins), Simon Phillips (Love Never Dies).

Best Choreography in Musical:

Hairspray, Mary Poppins, Love Never Dies, Doctor Zhivago

Best Choreography in Dance/Physical Theatre:

Frances Rings (of earth&sky), Natalie Weir (Where The Heart Is), Phillip Adams (Amplification), Akram Khan (Vertical Road – Melb. Fest 2010).

Regional Touring Production:

Bangarra’s Mathinna, Red Stitch’s Red Sky Morning, Ensemble’s Tuesdays With Morrie, Lucy Guerin’s Untrained.

Best Presentation for Children:

Me & My Shadow, Grug, Dinosaur Petting Zoo, Wombat Stew.


Best Contemporary Music Festival:

MONA FOMA 2011, Splendor In the Grass 2010, Vivid Live 2010, Byron Bay Bluesfest

Best Australian Contemporary Concert:

The Church – “A Psychedelic Symphony” – 30th Anniversary Concert – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Akira (Regurgitator and Sydney Opera House), Powderfinger – Sunsets The Farewell Tour, Angus & Julia Stone “Down the Way Tour”

Best International Contemporary Concert:

Leonard Cohen @ Hanging Rock, U2 360 Tour, Gorillaz ‘Plastic Beach’ Tour (Australia), Metallica World Magnetic Tour ‘10, Sufjan Stevens

Best New Australian Work:


Silent Disco, Moth, Finucane & Smith’s Carnival Of Mysteries, Where The Heart Is, Tim Minchin& The Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Eddie Perfect.

Best Music Direction:

Christian Curnyn: Partenope, Guy Simpson: Love Never Dies Ben Walsh: My Bicycle Loves You, Stephen Brooker/Michael Tyack: Mary Poppins

Mitchell ButelThe Ceremony will include performances by the casts of Dr Zhivago, HairsprayMary Poppins and Rock of Ages; Ben Lewis (The Phantom) from Love Never Dies, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Expressions Dance Theatre from Brisbane, STOMP, and the Opera Australia Chorus, amongst others.

LPA’s Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson, said “the Helpmann Awards are the pinnacle industry event for Australia’s live performance industry, recognising the very best in live performances that annually attracts over 15 million people to shows across the nation with revenues of over $1.1 billion, and growing.”

The 2011 Helpmann Awards Ceremony, the 11th presentation of the Awards, will be held on Monday 1 August at 8pm at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, whilst the After Party will be held at The Argyle in The Rocks.

For the second year, The Helpmann Awards will be broadcast live and exclusive on the arts channel STVDIO on channel 132 on FOXTEL and AUSTAR with Red Carpet commencing at 7.30pm.

Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, (Tuesday 5 July) and can be purchased from the Sydney Opera House Box Office 02 9250 7777 or www.sydneyoperahouse.com




Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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