PIAF in the mix for Help­mann Awards

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

NOMINEES for the 2017 Help­mann Awards, cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lence in Aus­tralia’s live per­for­mance sec­tors, were an­nounced last week at si­mul­ta­ne­ous events across the coun­try.

Singer and mu­si­cal the­atre star Rob Mills hosted the Perth event at the State The­atre Cen­tre of WA, with nominees across 42 cat­e­gories in mu­si­cal the­atre, con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, com­edy, opera, clas­si­cal mu­sic, the­atre, bal­let, dance and phys­i­cal the­atre, pre­sen­ta­tion for chil­dren, re­gional tour­ing and cabaret.

Nods were given to Perth-re­lated pro­duc­tions such as PIAF’S Boorna Waanginy for Best Light­ing De­sign and Best Sound De­sign, while The En­counter, also part of PIAF 2017, was nom­i­nated in the lat­ter cat­e­gory.

WA Bal­let former soloist An­dre San­tos was re­warded for his role in the com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of Beauty and the Beast by be­ing nom­i­nated for Best Male Dancer and Joel Creasey is up for Best Com­edy Per­former for his stand-up show Poser.

Black Swan State The­atre Cen­tre and Queens­land The­atre col­lab­o­ra­tion Once in Royal David’s City is in line for Best Play, with lead Ja­son Klar­wein nom­i­nated for Best Ac­tor in a Play.

Perth in­de­pen­dent the­atre com­pany The Last Great Hunt’s New Owner was nom­i­nated for Best Pre­sen­ta­tion for Chil­dren, An­toinette Hal­lo­ran for Best Fe­male Per­former in WA Opera’s Tosca and WASO for Best Sym­phony Or­ches­tra Con­cert with Asher Fisch Con­ducts Res­ur­rec­tion.

My Fair Lady, The Book of Mor­mon, Kinky Boots and Aladdin are all up for Best Mu­si­cal, while Adele is in the cat­e­gory of Best In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Con­cert.

Live Per­for­mance Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Eve­lyn Richard­son said it had been a re­mark­able year for live per­for­mance in Aus­tralia, re­flect­ing a vi­brant in­dus­try, with more than 18 mil­lion peo­ple at­tend­ing shows across the coun­try and ticket rev­enues of $1.4 bil­lion.

Win­ners will be an­nounced on July 24.

An­dre San­tos, right.

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