Popular, You’re gonna be Popular!

Tonight we have a rather significant event here in Australia: The 2013 Helpmann Awards. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it is basically Australia’s version of the infamous Tony’s except that we incorporate a larger array of performances from cabaret to dance, children’s performance to musicals. But as with every awards show, it never occurs without a little bit of controversy . . .

Helpmann Awards Shoot

Source: News Limited

Australia has been pretty lucky over the last year, featuring a large range of musicals. South Pacific, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, King Kong, The Addams Family, Chess, The Producers, Promises Promises, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and my personal favourite Legally Blonde. So of course some shows are going to be left out of the four places for the Best Musical Award.

This year controversy arose over the exclusion of King Kong for the Best Musical category and a similar thing occurred in the theatre category with War Horse and the star driven Driving Miss Daisy.

While it is regrettable that some shows have to miss out in each category despite some tremendous performances, it does manage to generate positive publicity. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen an article complaining about King Kong’s exclusion from the Best Musical Award. But never fear, while you may not be in the running to get the Best Musical Award, these articles have kept King Kong front of mind for people looking to see a musical.

With the exception of the remainder of the South Pacific tour, it is the only nominated musical that is still running. Which means that Melbourne and Sydney audiences, who are looking to see a show, have heard a lot about King Kong and how it is so fantastic that it should have been included. Seems like a pretty good situation to me.

Plus, don’t forget, they also have the stunningly talented Esther Hannaford nominated for Best Female Actor in a Musical.

Speaking of the female actors nominated in tonight’s show. The two awards honouring women, Best Female Actor in a Musical and Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, is sure to be the most contested award on the night.

With so much talented featured among the nominees, and so many stand-out performances, I would not want to be casting a vote in this category because they all deserve to win! Check out the nominees below and tell me otherwise:

Best Female Actor in a Musical

  • Esther Hanniford, King Kong
  • Lucy Durack, Legally Blonde
  • Chloe Dallimore, The Addams Family
  • Silvie Paladino, Chess

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  • Erika Heynatz, Legally Blonde
  • Helen Dallimore, Legally Blonde
  • Katrina Retallick, The Addams Family
  • Jennifer Vuletic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Good Luck to everyone tonight! Unfortunately not everyone can win an award despite how talented all the nominees are. But remember, while the award is important, it is the free publicity that comes with being nominated that makes you ‘Popular’ and brings people to your next show!