Celebrating excellence and achievement in live performance
42 Awards presented plus the prestigious JC Williamson AwardTM
Wow, where to even begin, what a truly amazing evening surrounded by such talent that you could only sit back and watch in awe! Sydney Social 101 has made no secret about our passion for live entertainment, we’ve even been lucky enough to be invited to watch La Traviata at the open air stage at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens amongst other amazing performances!
Sydney Social 101 is also going to watch Legally Blonde on the stage tomorrow night, the stars of which were also out in force at the Helpmann Awards last night!
The 2012 Helpmann Awards® were presented last night, Monday 24 September from 8pm at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Following the Awards Ceremony guests enjoyed an After Party at Marquee at The Star.
I couldn’t actually believe it when surprise guest presenter, Hugh Jackman arrived to present the final award of the evening for Best Musical. We were also in the company of greatness, in the form of stunning Cate Blanchett!
The Helpmann Awards®, established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA), saw the presentation of awards in 42 categories. In addition Katharine Brisbane AM, and the late Dr Jimmy Little AO were honoured as the recipients of the prestigious JC Williamson AwardTM that recognises their outstanding contribution to the Australian live performance industry. Dr Jimmy Little AO was truly an inspiration and the award was truly fitting as his colleagues and peers recognised his achievements in music and in life.
Simon Burke was a great host of the Helpmann Awards, talented, humorous and humble. The evening included performances by the casts of Cirque du Soleil, The South Pacific Company, and The Chorus Line Company; Artistes from The Australian Ballet; from A Long Way to the Top – Marcia Hines, Jon Stevens, Brian Cadd, Doug Parkinson and Ian Moss; and Aston, Dan Sultan with a Tribute to Jimmy Little AO, and Bernadette Robinson. All of which left Sydney Social 101 speechless and in awe!
Award Presenters included Amanda Bishop, Blake Bowden, Bille Brown AM, Bryan Brown AM, Darcey Bussell CBE, Daniel Carter, Kate Ceberano, Gerry Connolly, Li Cunxin, Cameron Daddo, Lucy Durack, Marta Dusseldorp, Amanda Harrison, Verity Hunt-Ballard, Genevieve Lemon, Matt Lee, David McAllister AM, Lisa McCune, Rob Mills, Simon Phillips, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Leo Schofield AM, The Hon. George Souris, Stuart Wagstaff AM, and John Waters.
The Awards Ceremony was Produced by Jon Nicholls and Directed by Stuart Maunder.
President of Live Performance Australia, Andrew Kay, said “We’re delighted to be presenting our 12th anniversary Helpmann Awards®, live from the Sydney Opera House this evening.
The Helpmann Awards® are a celebration of the very best in live performance in Australia. They also serve as a reminder of the central place live performance takes in the lives of so many Australians, whether it be a child attending a live concert for the very first time, a young Australian attending a concert by their favourite band or comedian, or one of the millions of Australians who attend our major musicals or performances by our extraordinary performing arts companies.
Live performance engages and entertains audiences across the breadth of Australia from the smallest rural community to the largest city. And the strength of the industry is evidenced in the extraordinary list of outstanding Helpmann nominees we honour tonight.”
NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, congratulated the winners of this year’s Helpmann Awards®.
“It has been a tremendous year for live entertainment in Australia, particularly NSW with our dream run of major musical premieres. The extraordinary talent of our vibrant live performance industry continues to shine both on stage and behind the scenes,” Mr Souris said.
“I am a fan of live performance and greatly admire the artistic brilliance and creativity celebrated through the Helpmann Awards® held in our global city of Sydney, the live performance capital of Australia.
“The Helpmanns are the premier awards event for the live performance industry, highlighting the significant contribution the sector makes to our State and country.”
The Helpmann Awards® will be broadcast exclusively live on Tuesday 25 September at 8.30pm on Australia’s arts and entertainment channel STUDIO – channel 132 on Foxtel.