Sweet Charity dominates 2014 Helpmann nominations
The independent musical Sweet Charity, which played at the modest, not-for-profit 110-seat Hayes Theatre Co. in Potts Point, has been nominated for a staggering eight Helpmann Awards for live performance.
This is more than the high-profile, big-budget Strictly Ballroom, which despite a slew of bad reviews is still no slouch in the Helpmann nominations race, with seven in total including Best Director for BazLuhrmann, Best Costume Designer for Catherine Martin, and Best Female Actor for Phoebe Panaretos. They are joined by Sweet Charity’s Dean Bryant, who is up for Best Director; Verity Hunt-Ballard, who is up for Best Female Actor; and Martin Crewes, who is up for Best Male Actor.
In the theatre categories, Sydney Theatre Company led the charge, recognised for The Maids, Waiting for Godot, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Debicki are nominated for Best Female Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively for The Maids; and Waiting for Godot received nominations for Best Play, Best Lead Actor for Richard Roxburgh, Best Supporting Male Actor for Luke Mullins, and Best Director for Andrew Upton. Ewen Leslie was nominated for Best Supporting Male Actor for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Over at Belvoir, Angels in America picked up nominations for Best Play and Robyn Nevin for Best Supporting Female Actor; Susan Prior for Best Supporting Female Actor for Small and Tired in the downstairs theatre; and Zahra Newman for Best Supporting Female Actor for The Government Inspector.
Other nominations worth noting are Sam Strong for Best Director for Griffin’s The Floating World; Tommy Bradson, Jerick Hoffer, Sarah Ward and Lady Rizofor Best Cabaret; Rafael Bonachela for Les Illuminations; Garry Stewart for Monument; and Neil Armfield for Best Direction of an Opera for The Melbourne Ring Cycle. In fact Opera Australian picked up a total of 10 nominations this year, both for The Melbourne Ring Cycle and The Turk in Italy.
In the live music categories, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Presets are up for Best Contemporary Concert for Timeline; Bluesfest and Falls Festival are up for Best Festival; and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Beyonce, Pink and Eddie Vedder are vying for Best International Concert.
After five years at the Sydney Opera House, this year’s Helpmann Awards will be staged at the Capitol Theatre on August 18.