Excitement builds for the 2014 Helpmann Awards

2013 Helpmann Awards_Silvie Paladino and Sydney Children's ChoirLive Performance Australia (LPA) has announced the star-studded list of performers and productions that will be featured at the upcoming 14th Annual Helpmann Awards which will be held at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney on Monday 18th August.

This year’s ceremony will take place on the spectacular set of Disney’s The Lion King, previous winner of 4 Helpmann Awards including ‘Best Musical’, at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Hosted by Jonathan Biggins and the Wharf Review, the ceremony will highlight some of the biggest shows and stars from Australia’s live entertainment and performing arts industry.

Opening the show will be the full version of the Circle of Life from Disney’s The Lion King featuring the stunning parade of animals -a world-first for an award ceremony. Disney’s The Lion King is a worldwide phenomenon that’s been seen by more than 70 million people. Currently playing in Sydney, The Lion King opens in Brisbane in September and then moves to Melbourne next February.

The ceremony will also include a very special performance from Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Miserables which has just arrived in Melbourne. This new production, featuring glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery, is currently playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Also showcased at this year’s awards ceremony will be a strictly sensational and dazzling performance from Strictly Ballroom the Musical which had its world premiere in Sydney this year. It is currently playing at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre before sashaying its way to Melbourne next January.

A very special medley from The King and I will also feature at this year’s awards ceremony starring Lisa McCune and Jason Scott Lee, currently playing in Melbourne before opening at the Joan Sutherland Theatre Sydney Opera House later this year.

Additionally, the 2014 Helpmann Awards will include performances from singer Mark Vincent, The Chooky Dancers, The Zephyr Quartet and Sydney’s Wharf Review. Opera star Taryn Fiebig will be joined by Dominic Grimshaw to present this year’s In Memoriam.

As previously announced, acclaimed theatre producer John Frost AM has been named as the recipient of the 2014 JC Williamson Award in recognition of his contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry and will be honoured on the night.

Jon Nicholls, Executive Producer of the 2014 Helpmann Awards said: “I am so pleased to be back in the harness producing the Helpmann Awards this year, and I am delighted that we have such a star studded line up. This is one of the biggest and brightest Helpmann Awards we have yet presented.”

Nominees for the 2014 Helpmann Awards will be announced at nomination events around the country on Monday 14 July 2014.

2014 Helpmann Awards
Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket (Sydney)
Event: Monday 18 August 2014
Bookings: 1300 723 038 or online at: www.ticketmaster.com.au

For more information, visit: www.helpmannawards.com.au for details.

Image: Silvie Paladino and Sydney Children’s Choir perform at the 2013 Helpmann Awards