2011 Helpmann Awards Winners (Partial list)

As usual spoilers beware but here are some of the major winners of the 2011 Helpmann Awards.

Credit to The Courier Mail for the list of winners..

QUEENSLAND’S Expressions Dance Company has won in two major categories at the annual Helpmann Awards alongside Hollywood heavyweights Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett.

Blanchett won best female actor in a play for her role in Chekov’s Uncle Vanya and Rush best male actor in a play for The Diary of a Madman.

But the big surprises of the night were Expressions Dance Company’s multiple wins.

Its 2010 main stage production Where The Heart Is played only a short Brisbane season but won the attention of the Helpmann judges and voters to take out best ballet or dance work, and best choreography in a dance or physical theatre production for artistic director Natalie Weir.

Last year’s Splendour In The Grass, the first time it was held in Queensland at the Woodfordia site, won best contemporary music festival and Brisbane rockers Powderfinger won best Australian contemporary concert for their Sunsets The Farewell Tour, celebrating the group’s two decades. The music theatre categories were dominated by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies for its design and Mary Poppins for performance.

Mary Poppins, to open in Brisbane in January, was announced as best musical beating fellow contenders Hairspray, Doctor Zhivago and Love Never Dies.

THE WINNERS ARE . . .

Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production

Natalie Weir

Where the Heart Is Expressions Dance Company

Best Ballet or Dance Work

Where the Heart Is Expressions Dance Company

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 Contemporary Music Festival

Splendour In the Grass 2010

Village Sounds and Secret Service

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 Play

The Wild Duck –  Belvoir

 Best Musical

Mary Poppins

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh

 

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