The Wild Duck, Mary Poppins, Cate Blanchett Are 2011 Helpmann Award Winners Down Under

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Mary Poppins, The Wild Duck, Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush were among recipients of 2011 Helpmann Awards — honoring artistic achievement and excellence in many disciplines of Australia's live performance scene — in Sydney, Australia Aug. 1.

Verity Hunt-Ballard in Mary Poppins
Verity Hunt-Ballard in Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins' take of eight Helpmanns is a record; Billy Elliot was the previous record-holder with seven.

The Aug. 1 ceremony was at the Sydney Opera House. The disciplines honored include musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.

Below are select Helpmann recipients. For a complete list of winners, visit www.helpmannawards.com.au.

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Philip Quast
Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Esther Hannaford
Hairspray
Paul Dainty, Dainty Group & Joel Pearlman, Roadshow Live

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play

Anthony Phelan
The Wild Duck
Belvoir

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play

Anita Hegh
The Wild Duck
Belvoir

Best Costume Design

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

Best Original Score

Alan John
The Diary of a Madman
Belvoir

Best Music Direction

Stephen Brooker and Michael Tyack
Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

Best Choreography in a Musical

Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear
Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

Best Direction of a Musical

Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne
Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

Best Direction of a Play

Neil Armfield
The Diary of a Madman
Belvoir

Best Male Actor in a Musical

Matt Lee
Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

Best Female Actor in a Musical

Verity Hunt-Ballard
Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

Best Male Actor in a Play

Geoffrey Rush
The Diary of a Madman
Belvoir

Best Female Actor in a Play

Cate Blanchett
Uncle Vanya
Sydney Theatre Company in association with Bell Shakespeare

Best Play

The Wild Duck
Belvoir

Best Musical

Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

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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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