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Helpmann Award for Best Musical

The Helpmann Award for Best Musical is a musical theatre award, presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA) at the annual Helpmann Awards since 2001.[1] The award is for a production in Australia, and is open to both new musicals and revivals. This is a list of winners and nominations for the Helpmann Award for Best Musical.

Helpmann Award for
Best Musical
Awarded forBest Musical
Presented byLive Performance Australia
Currently held byBeautiful: The Carole King Musical (2018)

Winners and nomineesEdit

   Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour.


Year Title Production compan(y/ies)
The Boy from Oz Gannon Fox Productions
Chicago Barry & Fran Weissler, David Atkins Enterprises and International Management Group
Company Melbourne Theatre Company
The Sound of Music SEL and GFO
Mamma Mia! Littlestar, Universal Pictures Stage Entertainment and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment
Singin' in the Rain David Atkins Enterprises and IMG
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Opera Australia
The Wizard of Oz SEL and GFO and Macks Entertainment
Cabaret IMG and Barry & Fran Weissler
Oliver! IMG
Man of La Mancha SEL & GFO
The Witches of Eastwick Jacobsen Entertainment Ltd and Cameron Mackintosh
The Lion King Disney Theatrical Productions (Australia)
We Will Rock You Michael Coppel, Queen Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre and Tribeca Theatrical Productions, EMI, Michael Watt, Paul Roberts, Bob and Kate Gare
Oh! What A Night Jon Nicholls, Michael Brereton and Stuart Littlewood
The Full Monty David Atkins Enterprises, IMG, International Concert Attractions and Arts Centre Melbourne
The Producers SEL & GFO and Bialystock & Bloom New York Co.
The Black Rider Sydney Festival in association with International Concert Attractions and Andrew Kay & Associates
Urinetown Melbourne Theatre Company
Eureka Simon Gallaher and Michael Harvey
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Melbourne Theatre Company
Dusty – The Original Pop Diva Dusty Productions
Fiddler on the Roof TML Enterprises
Menopause The Musical McPherson Ink
Keating! Company B
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Showtune Productions
Miss Saigon Miss Saigon (Australia 2007/08) Pty Ltd
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn (Back Row Productions), Alan Scott, Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment), Michael Hamlyn (Specific Films) and John Frost
Billy Elliot the Musical Universal Pictures Stage Entertainment, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions
Guys and Dolls Ambassador Theatre Group, Shows Inc, Marriner Theatres and Tulchin/Bartner Productions
Company Kookaburra: The National Musical Theatre Company
The Phantom of the Opera Really Useful Group (Asia Pacific) and The Gordon/Frost Organisation
Wicked Marc Platt, David Stone, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and John Frost
Shane Warne The Musical Token Events
My Fair Lady Opera Australia
Monty Python's Spamalot Ozalot Pty Ltd


Year Title Production compan(y/ies)
Jersey Boys Dodger Theatricals, Rodney Rigby and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment
The Drowsy Chaperone Melbourne Theatre Company
Avenue Q Arts Asia Pacific and Power Arts
The Wizard of Oz Windmill Theatre
Mary Poppins Disney and Cameron Mackintosh
Love Never Dies Really Useful Group (Asia Pacific) and Asia Pacific and Arts Capital Trust
Hairspray Paul Dainty, Dainty Group, Joel Pearlman and Roadshow Live
Doctor Zhivago John Frost, Anita Waxman/Tom Dokton, Latitude Link, Power Arts, Chun-Soo Shin and Corcoran Productions
A Chorus Line Tim Lawson and Adelaide Festival Centre
An Officer and a Gentleman Sharleen Cooper Cohen and John Frost
Rock of Ages Rodney Rigby and the Rock of Ages Australia Management
Grey Gardens The Production Company
Legally Blonde Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group and John Frost
The Addams Family Rodney Rigby, Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions and Elephant Eye Theatrical
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum John Frost
South Pacific Opera Australia and John Frost
The King and I Opera Australia and John Frost
The Rocky Horror Show Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group and John Frost
Strictly Ballroom Global Creatures
Sweet Charity Luckiest Productions & Neil Gooding Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co
Les Misérables Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Cassel
Anything Goes Opera Australia and John Frost
Once John Frost, Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr, Patrick Milling Smith and Frederick Zollo in association with the Melbourne Theatre Company
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage John Frost, Karl Sydow, Martin McCallum and Joye Entertainment in association with Lionsgate & Magic Hour
Matilda the Musical The Royal Shakespeare Company and Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Michael Watt with Chokey Productions, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Glass Half Full Productions, Paula Marie Black, Greenleaf Productions and Michael Lynch
Fiddler on the Roof Tim Lawson for TML Enterprises
Ladies in Black Queensland Theatre Company
The Sound of Music Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and The Really Useful Group
The Book of Mormon Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals, John Frost, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Kevin Morris, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman Productions
Aladdin Disney Theatrical (Australia)
My Fair Lady Opera Australia & John Frost
Kinky Boots Michael Cassel by special arrangement with Daryl Roth & Hal Luftig
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Michael Cassel in association with Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner
Mamma Mia! Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick
Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical John Frost and Gilbert Theatrical
Muriel's Wedding Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures
Barbara and the Camp Dogs Belvoir in association with Vicki Gordon Music Productions
In the Heights Sydney Opera House and The Arthouse Wyong Presents, produced by Blue Saint Productions in association with Neil Gooding
Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: West Side Story Opera Australia

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Nominees". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Pandora Archive 2001 Helpmann Awards Nominees". Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Pandora Archive. Archived from the original on 18 July 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  4. ^ "2019 Nominees and Winners | Helpmann Awards". Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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