Jeff Mays, Lost Echo, Kenny Ortega, Keating! Among Helpmann Award Winners in Sydney

News   Jeff Mays, Lost Echo, Kenny Ortega, Keating! Among Helpmann Award Winners in Sydney Recipients of the Helpmann Awards, celebrating excellence in Australian theatre, were announced Aug. 6 at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

Keating!, a musical about Down Under politics, won in several categories, including Musical (beating The Boy From Oz). The star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a performer known as iOTA, beat Hugh Jackman of The Boy From Oz as Male Actor in a Musical.

Jefferson Mays, who won the Tony Award for playing multiple roles in I Am My Own Wife, won the Helpmann as Male Actor in a Play for the Aussie bow of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Doug Wright.

Sydney Theatre Company's production of The Lost Echo, an eight-hour epic, won awards in several categories, including Play, Direction of a Play, Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play, Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play and New Australian Work (for collaborators Barrie Kosky and Tom Wright).

2007 Helpmann Award winners included:

Australian Contemporary Concert
Melbourne International Arts Festival and Arts House, Murundak Ballet or Dance Work
Lucy Guerin Company, Structure & Sadness

Choreography in a Ballet or Dance Work
Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Zero Degrees

Choreography in a Musical
Kelley Abbey and Kenny Ortega, The Boy From Oz

Classical Concert Presentation
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Revolution

Comedy Performer
Adam Hills and Adam Hills, Joymonger

Contemporary Music Festival
Vivian Lees & Ken West, Creative Festival Entertainment, Big Day Out Festival 2007

Costume Design
Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical

Direction of a Play
Barrie Kosky, The Lost Echo

Direction of an Opera
Douglas Horton, The Hive

Direction of Musical
Neil Armfield, Keating!

Female Actor in a Musical
Laurie Cadevida, Miss Saigon

Female Actor in a Play
Ursula Yovich, Capricornia

Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Colleen Hewett, The Boy From Oz

Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Deborah Mailman, The Lost Echo

Female Dancer in a Ballet
Ros Warby, Monumental

Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Orla Boylan, The Love of the Nightingale

Female Performer in an Opera
Emma Matthews, The Love of the Nightingale

International Contemporary Concert
Michael Coppel, Pink — I'm Not Dead! Tour

Lighting Design
Al Gurdon, Robbie Williams Close Encounters Tour

Male Actor in a Musical
iOTA, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Male Actor in a Play
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife

Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Terry Serio, Keating!

Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Paul Capsis, The Lost Echo

Male Dancer in a Ballet or Dance Work
Akram Khan, Zero Degrees

Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
James Egglestone, The Love of the Nightingale

Male Performer in an Opera
Jonathan Summers, Rigoletto

Musical
Company B, Keating!

Musical Direction
Richard Mills, The Love of the Nightingale

New Australian Work
Barrie Kosky and Tom Wright, The Lost Echo

Opera
Opera Australia, Rusalka

Original Score
Paul Keelan & Gary Young, Sideshow Alley

Performance in a Classical Concert
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Master Series — Courage Under Fire, Shostakovich Symphony No 7 Leningrad

Performance in an Australian Comtemporary Concert
David Campbell, David Campbell Wild With Style

Play
Sydney Theater Company, The Lost Echo

Presentation for Children
Monkey Baa Theater for Young People, Jackie French's Hitler's Daughter

Regional Touring Production
Ensemble Prods. in association with Christine Dunstan Prods., Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Scenic Design
Brian Thomson, The Boy From Oz

Sound Design
Michael Waters, The Woman in Black

Special Event
DCE Janice Crystal Larry Magid and Face Prods., Billy Crystal 700 Sundays

Visual or Physical Theater
Malthouse Theater and Sydney Opera House, Honour Bound

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