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Beautiful beats Muriel's Wedding to top Helpmanns prize: full winners list

Beautiful The Carole King Musical 2017 Sydney Lyric production still 01 feat Esther Hannaford as Carole King photographer credit Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus Esther Hannaford as Carole King

It was expected to be Muriel's Wedding's night after the homegrown musical picked up an astonishing 11 Helpmann nominations, but the girl from Porpoise Spit ended up playing bridesmaid to Carole King, whose jukebox musical Beautiful won best musical.

Both Muriel's Wedding and Beautiful won five awards a piece at the annual live performance awards ceremony, but Beautiful won the more high profile awards: best musical, best director (Marc Bruni), best female lead actor (Esther Hannaford) and best male and female supporting actors (Mat Verevis and Amy Lehpamer).

But neither show could match the success of Bangarra Dance Theatre's Bennelong, which won seven Helpmanns, including best dance production and best new Australian workAdelaide Festival's production of Hamlet dominated the opera categories with four wins, including best opera, and Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company's co-production of The Children won best play. 

This year the Helpmann Awards was split over two nights: the first at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday and the second, glitzier affair, at the Capitol Theatre on Monday. Next year the awards are moving to Melbourne for the first time in the event's 19-year history.

All of the nominated shows are now closed, but Celia Pacquola's All Talk is heading to the Sydney Opera House next month and Muriel's Wedding: The Musical will have a return Sydney season in June 2019, with a Melbourne season expected to be announced in the coming months. 

Helpmann Award winners 2018

CABARET 

BEST CABARET PERFORMER
TAYLOR MAC
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music 

COMEDY

BEST COMEDY PERFORMER
CELIA PACQUOLA 
All Talk 

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC 

BEST INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY CONCERT 
PAUL MCCARTNEY
Paul McCartney - One On One World Tour 2017 

BEST AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY CONCERT
GOTYE
Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey 

BEST CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL
MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA)
Mona Foma

BALLET, DANCE & PHYSICAL THEATRE 

BEST BALLET 
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
The Australian Ballet 

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION
BENNELONG
Bangarra Dance Theatre

BEST VISUAL OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
TIDE 
Bleach* Festival & The Farm 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
STEPHEN PAGE AO
Bennelong (Bangarra Dance Theatre)

BEST MALE DANCER IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
BEAU DEAN RILEY SMITH 
Bennelong  

BEST FEMALE DANCER IN A BALLET, DANCE OR PHYSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
AKO KONDO
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 

INDUSTRY

BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
STEPHEN PAGE AO
Bennelong 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
KATE MILLER-HEIDKE & KEIR NUTTALL
Muriel's Wedding The Musical (Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures)

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION
ISAAC HAYWARD
Muriel's Wedding The Musical

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
GABRIELA TYLESOVA
Muriel's Wedding The Musical

BEST SCENIC DESIGN
JACOB NASH 
Bennelong 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN 
NICK SCHLIEPER 
Bennelong

BEST SOUND DESIGN
MICHAEL WATERS
Muriel's Wedding The Musical  

BEST SPECIAL EVENT
TAYLOR MAC: A 24 DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC
Melbourne International Arts Festival and Pomegranate Arts 

MUSICALS 

BEST MUSICAL
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
Michael Cassel in association with Paul Blake & Sony/ATV Music Publishing & Mike Bosner 

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
MARC BRUNI
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSICAL 
ANDREW HALLSWORTH
Muriel's Wedding The Musical

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
DAVID CAMPBELL
Dream Lover (John Frost AM and Gilbert Theatrical)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
ESTHER HANNAFORD
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL 
MAT VEREVIS 
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL 
AMY LEHPAMER
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 

OPERA & CLASSICAL MUSIC

BEST OPERA
HAMLET
Glyndebourne Festival, Adelaide Festival, State Opera of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 

BEST DIRECTION OF AN OPERA
NEIL ARMFIELD AO
Hamlet 

BEST MALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA 
ALLAN CLAYTON
Hamlet 

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN AN OPERA
NICOLE CAR 
La Traviata (Opera Australia) 

BEST MALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA 
KANEN BREEN
Coronation of Poppea (Pinchgut Opera) 

BEST FEMALE PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN AN OPERA
LORINA GORE
Hamlet

BEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT 
BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE: WITH BACH AND BRAHMS
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

BEST CHAMBER AND/OR INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT
JORDI SAVALL WITH HESPERION XXI & TEMBEMBE ENSAMBLE CONTINUO
Perth Festival 

BEST INDIVIDUAL CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE
JONAS KAUFMANN
Parsifal (Opera Australia)

PRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN 

BEST PRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN
EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES
Slingsby

REGIONAL TOURING

BEST REGIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
OUR LAND PEOPLE STORIES
Bangarra Dance Theatre 

THEATRE

BEST PLAY
THE CHILDREN
Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY 
SARAH GOODES 
The Children 

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A PLAY
HUGO WEAVING
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Sydney Theatre Company)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A PLAY 
PAMELA RABE 
The Children 

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY
MITCHELL BUTEL
Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Belvoir and State Theatre Company South Australia)

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY
ANITA HEGH
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui 

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