The King and I wins big at the Helpmann Awards
A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, The King and I, walked away with the top honour at this year's Helpmann Awards. The show scored three awards: Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Design.
The show’s producer John Frost was also honoured with the JC Williamson Award in recognition of his contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry.
Patricia Boggs, Australia’s best and most respected ticketing consultant, was awarded the inaugural Sue Natrass Award, which recognises outstanding service to the live performance industry in a field that may not usually enjoy a high public profile.
Other winners included: Destination NSW – taking out the Best Special Event award for Vivid Sydney. Michael Kantor took out the top honour for Best Direction of a play for the Malthouse production of Shadow King. Cate Blanchett won Best Actor for her performance in The Maids – Blanchett’s award was accepted on her behalf by husband, Andrew Upton, as she is currently touring The Maids in NYC.
Richard Roxburgh received the gong for Best Actor in a play for this work in Waiting For Godot. Roxburgh thanked director Andrew Upton for having the cahonas to jump on board the show – which was left without a director when Hungarian wunderkind, Tamas Ascher fell ill.
Belvoir Street Theatre also scored Best Play for its revival of epic theatre piece, Angels in America.
For a list of all the winners visit www.helpmannawards.com.au