The winners of the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards have been announced
The winners of the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards have been announced at a star-studded ceremony, with 35 Awards presented, shared between 18 productions which played in Sydney during the calendar year of 2019. More than 400 members of the Sydney theatre community packed the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre to celebrate.
American Psycho, produced by BB Arts Entertainment and Two Doors Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co, scooped nine awards including Best Independent Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Alexander Berlage) and the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Ben Gerrard). The Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical went to Elenoa Rokobaro for Caroline, or Change. Best Newcomer was awarded to Chika Ikogwe (The Wolves/ Fangirls).
Presenters at the Awards ceremony included Matthew Backer, Ana Maria Belo, Brett Boardman, Luke Carroll, Estelle Conley, Gerry Connolly, Matt Lee, Suzie Mathers, Diana McLean, Kenneth Moraleda, Kate Mulvany, Anna O’Byrne, Merran Regan, Guy Simpson, Anthony Skuse and Bruce Spence. There were performances by Tim Minchin, Ashleigh Taylor (from the new Australian musical The Life of Us), and a reunion of original cast members of the musical Beauty and the Beast which opened in Australia 25 years ago.
The Sydney Theatre Awards are presented annually by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. The Sydney Theatre Awards reviewers are Elissa Blake (Audrey Journal), Jason Blake (Audrey Journal), Deborah Jones (The Australian), Jade Kops (Broadway World), Jo Litson (Limelight), John McCallum (The Australian), Ben Neutze (Time Out), John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald), Diana Simmonds (Stagenoise), Cassie Tongue (Time Out) and Suzy Wrong (Suzy Goes See).
Musical WINNERS OF 2019 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MAINSTAGE MUSICAL
Fangirls (Belvoir, Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival in association with ATYP)
BEST PRODUCTION OF AN INDEPENDENT MUSICAL
American Psycho (BB Arts Entertainment and Two Doors Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co)
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Alexander Berlage (American Psycho)
JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Elenoa Rokobaro (Caroline, or Change)
JUDITH JOHNSON AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Ben Gerrard (American Psycho)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Stefanie Jones (Muriel’s Wedding)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Thomas Campbell (HMS Pinafore)
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION
Andrew Worboys (American Psycho)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSICAL
Yvette Lee (American Psycho)
BEST CABARET PRODUCTION
Hayes @The Hayes (Nancye Hayes)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
For further information visit: http://www.sydneytheatreawards.com/