The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards, presented by Live Performance Australia, were held this evening at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, celebrating Australia’s vibrant live performance industry. 42 awards were handed out this evening in a star studded event, with My Fair Lady, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots each winning two awards from their nominated categories.
The Helpmann Award for ‘Best Musical’ is one of the most prestigious awards of the night, and l was awarded to the original Australian company of The Book of Mormon.
The Helpmann Awards were named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann to commemorate his memory and achievements. They were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) and are held annually to recognize, celebrate and promote our live performance industry through its various sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, regional touring, presentations for children, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. These awards are the Australian equivalent of 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, by recognizing distinguished artistic achievement and excellence; ensuring the awards are administered and produced with integrity; ensuring the awards are celebrated by the industry and the Australian community; and ensuring the awards are the most prestigious awards in the industry and the highlight of each season.