On Monday evening, Melbourne Recital Centre took delight in hosting the Melbourne festivities of the Helpmann Awards’ 2014 nominations.
The Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage, awash with pink and purple lighting served as special setting for Hetty Kate and band to open the evening with song. Four-time Helpmann Award nominee and star of Opera Australia’s The King and I Lisa McCune compered the evening with a charm matched by a host of presenters including John Wood, Monique Brumby, Andrew Snell, James Millar, Michael Gow and Simon Gleeson.
While Melbourne Recital Centre was in full swing, the nominations for the 2014 Helpmann Awards were announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. This year’s nominees in the 41 categories, come from a wide range of disciplines, reflecting and celebrating our diverse and rich theatrical Australian landscape.
The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia’s vibrant live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. The Helpmann Awards, named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann, were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) to recognise, celebrate and promote our live performance industry, similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London.
Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to announce our 2014 nominations:
Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert
The Jerusalem Project
Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera House
Melbourne Recital Centre in assocation with Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Best Individual Classical Music Performance
Melbourne Recital Centre in association with Sydney Symphony Orchestra
A full list of the 2014 nominations can be found by clicking here.
The 14th Annual Helpmann Awards will be held on Monday 18 August at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and will be hosted by Jonathan Biggins and the Wharf Review on the spectacular set of Disney’s The Lion King.