Geoffrey Rush, Des McAnuff, Doctor Zhivago, Love Never Dies Among Helpmann Nominees in Australia

News   Geoffrey Rush, Des McAnuff, Doctor Zhivago, Love Never Dies Among Helpmann Nominees in Australia The 2011 Helpmann Awards, recognizing distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in many disciplines of Australia's live performance scene, will be presented Aug. 1 at the Sydney Opera House.

Anthony Warlow in Doctor Zhivago
Anthony Warlow in Doctor Zhivago Photo by Kurt Sneddon

The disciplines honored include musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.

Among performers nominated in theatre categories are Geoffrey Rush in The Diary of a Madman, Anthony Warlow in Doctor Zhivago and Philip Quast and Marina Prior in Mary Poppins. Cate Blanchett is nominated for Sydney Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya.

Tony Award winner Des McAnuff is a nominee for his direction of Doctor Zhivago. Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne share a Direction of a Musical nomination for Mary Poppins, and Bourne's choreography with Stephen Mear is also nommed. Director Simon Phillips was nominated for his new direction of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies (his Down Under production is unique from the London staging).

Below are nominees in the categories of Best Play and Best Musical. For a complete list of nominees (and winners), visit helpmannawards.com.au.

Best Musical Hairspray
Paul Dainty, Dainty Group & Joel Pearlman, Roadshow Live

Doctor Zhivago
John Frost, Anita Waxman/Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Power Arts, Chun-Soo Shin, Corcoran Productions

Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

Love Never Dies
The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific and Arts Capital Trust

Best Play

Uncle Vanya
Sydney Theatre Company in association with Bell Shakespeare

Do not go gentle
fortyfivedownstairs

The Diary of a Madman
Belvoir

The Wild Duck
Belvoir

The Helpmann Awards, named in honor of Sir Robert Helpmann and to commemorate his memory and achievements, were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) "to recognize, celebrate and promote our live performance industry, similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London." The principal objective of LPA in establishing the awards "is to nationally and internationally serve and promote the Australian live performance industry."

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