16th annual Helpmann Awards set to dazzle

WA Ballet When I Go Genesis 2015 photo by Emma FishwickThe 16th annual Helpmann Awards are set to dazzle at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on Monday 25 July, as Live Performance Australia (LPA) announce the line-up of performances, and Hosts for the Ceremony.

Hosts for the evening include Adam Garcia, Helen Dallimore, Guy Noble, Simon Philips, Queenie van de Zandt, and The Umbilical Brothers. The preliminary line-up will include performances by the casts of Matilda the Musical, The Sound of Music, and Singin’ in the Rain, with individual performances by Marina Prior & Mark Vincent, and Sarah Blasko, together with Bangarra Dance Theatre and The West Australian Ballet, as well as the winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition.

The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre, children’s presentations, regional touring, and cabaret.

LPA Chief Executive, Ms Evelyn Richardson said last year’s Helpmann Awards sold out in record time. Given the extraordinary calibre of shows presented on stages across the country, we expect this year to be a night to remember.

“Audiences are integral to the success and vitality of the live performance industry.  It is only fitting they join in the celebration of the Helpmann Awards alongside the industry’s biggest stars,” said Ms Richardson. “Tickets are limited so fans of the live performance industry are urged to purchase tickets to the Helpmann Awards today to avoid disappointment.”

The 16th annual Helpmann Awards will take place at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on Monday 25 July 2016. Tickets go on sale on Monday 2 May. The full program including award category nominees, will be announced in June. For more information, visit: www.liveperformance.com.au or www.helpmannawards.com.au for details.

Image: The West Australian Ballet, Genesis (2015) – photo by  Emma Fishwick (courtesy of The West Australian Ballet)