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Arts Centre Melbourne hosts the 2019 Helpmann Awards

The 19th Annual Helpmann Awards were presented in Melbourne for the very first time at the Victorian home of the performing arts, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Cover – Rhonda Burchmore dressed by Jaimie Sortino
Photography – Sam Tabone @thealistphotographers

The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry. The Awards recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors including musicals, contemporary music, comedy, opera and classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentations for children and young people, regional touring and cabaret.

Lucy Durack dressed by Bariano
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Comedian – Joel Creasey

The 2019 Helpmann Awards Act II was a star studded black-tie gala event hosted by the fabulous dynamic duo of comedian, writer and actor, Susie Youssef, and Artistic Director of State Theatre SA, Mitchell Butel.

Susie Youssef and Mitchell Butel

Saluting artistic excellence and achievement on Australian stages over the past year, twenty three 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 complement the 20 Awards announced last night at the 2019 Helpmann Awards Act I. In addition, the 2019 JC Williamson Award was presented by Paul Kelly AO to the legendary singer-songwriter Kev Carmody,for his outstanding contribution to the live performance industry.

Kate Miller-Heidke dressed by Nicola Finetti
Gyton Grantley
Ali McGregor

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.

Lee Elliott and Georgia Love
Chong Lim
Lisa Campbell

The Helpmann Awards were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA). Richard Evans, President of LPA, said “We are proud to present the 19h Annual Helpmann Awards in Melbourne this year for the very first time. The breadth and diversity of Winners, Nominees and performances at tonight’s and yesterday’s events shines a spotlight on Australia’s world-class creative and artistic talent. Congratulations to all 2019 Helpmann Award Nominees and Winners!”

Rhonda Burchmore
Lucy Maunder and Jared Bryan
Brent Hill

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. Once again, the Helpmann Awards Orchestra was led by exceptional musical director Vanessa Scammell.

School of Rock

The Helpmann Awards Act II was preceded by the Red Carpet Walk with its fun and fabulous frocks, hosted by colourful comedienne Cal Wilson. The celebrations continued late into the night with the After Party at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.  

The Helpmann Awards were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA).

Photography by Sam Tabone @thealistphotographers

For further information and a full list of winners and nominees:

The 2019 Helpmann Awards will be BROADCAST LIVE on ABC Comedy Channel at 8 pm Monday 15 July.

The Helpmann Awards are proudly supported by the Victorian Government, via its tourism marketing agency, Visit Victoria.

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