The winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards were announced earlier this week in front of a full house at a star studded ceremony at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre hosted by Australian theatrical all-rounder, Todd McKenney.

The Helpmann Awards celebrated the remarkable year the Australian live performance industry has had with presenters including Cate Blanchett, Danielle Cormack, Adam Garcia and David Campbell honouring the year’s best achievements.

Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables, which received the most nominations in the 2015 Helpmann Awards took home an impressive 5 Helpmann Awards, including the hotly contended award for Best Musical.

In addition to the presentation of the Helpmann Awards, show highlights included Les Misérables opening the night, and a one-off and exclusive performance by the full cast of the Helpmann Award nominated Once.

McKenney, Clare Bowditch and the Paul Kelly Band also performed musical numbers on the night.

WINNERS:

Best Cabaret Performer
Camille O’sullivan – Changeling Arts Centre Melbourne

Best Comedy Performer
Judith Lucy – Ask No Questions Of The Moth Token Events

Best Australian Contemporary Concert
Chet Faker – National Tour 2015

Best Contemporary Music Festival
Vivid Live 2015

Best International Contemporary Concert
Ed Sheeran – X World Tour 2015

Dance And Physical Theatre Best Ballet Or Dance Work
Frame Of Mind – Sydney Dance Company

Best Choreography In A Dance Or Physical Theatre Production
Rafael Bonachela – Frame Of Mind Sydney Dance Company

Best Female Dancer In A Dance Or Physical Theatre Production
Chloe Leong – William Forsythe’s Quintett Sydney Dance Company

Best Male Dancer In A Dance Or Physical Theatre Production
Cass Mortimer Eipper – William Forsythe’s Quintett Sydney Dance Company

Best Visual And/Or Physical Theatre Production
The Paper Architect

Best Choreography In A Musical
Andrew Hallsworth – Anything Goes

Best Direction Of A Musical
John Tiffany – Once

Best Female Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical
Kerrie Anne Greenland – Les Misérables

Best Female Actor In A Musical
Caroline O’connor – Anything Goes

Best Male Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical
Alex Rathgeber – Anything Goes

Best Male Actor In A Musical
Simon Gleeson – Les Misérables Cameron Mackintosh

Best Musical
Les Misérables – Cameron Mackintosh

Opera And Classical Music Best Direction Of An Opera
Paul Curran – Faramondo

Best Female Performer In A Supporting Role In An Opera
Anna Devin – Faramondo

Best Female Performer In An Opera
Jennifer Rivera – Faramondo

Best Male Performer In A Supporting Role In An Opera
Christopher Lowrey – Faramondo

Best Male Performer In An Opera
Michael Fabiano – Faust Opera Australia

Best Opera
Faramondo

Best Chamber And/Or Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Les Arts Florissants And Le Jardin Des Voix In Un Jardin À L’italienne

Best Symphony Orchestra Concert
Reflections On Gallipoli – Australian Chamber Orchestra

Best Individual Classical Music Performance
William Christie – Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House And Perth International Arts Festival

Best Regional Touring Production
Festival Of Circa – Circa

Best Presentation For Children
The Rabbits

Best Direction Of A Play
Kip Williams – Suddenly Last Summer Sydney Theatre Company

Best Female Actor In A Supporting Role In A Play
Helen Thomson – After Dinner Sydney Theatre Company

Best Female Actor In A Play
Pamela Rabe – The Glass Menagerie Belvoir

Best Male Actor In A Supporting Role In A Play
John Bell – As You Like It Bell Shakespeare

Best Male Actor In A Play
Hugo Weaving – Endgame

Best Play
The Glass Menagerie – Belvoir

Best Costume Design
Gabriela Tylesova – The Rabbits

Best Lighting Design
Paule Constable – Les Misérables

Best Original Score
Kate Miller-Heidke With Iain Grandage – The Rabbits

Best Music Direction
Martin Lowe – Once

Best Scenic Design
Geoff Cobham – Little Bird

Best Sound Design
Mick Potter – Les Misérables

Best New Australian Work
Kate Miller-Heidke (Composer), Lally Katz (Librettist), And Iain Grandage (Musical Arrangements) And Additional Music – The Rabbits

More at: www.helpmannawards.com.au