|12th Helpmann Awards|
|Date||24 September 2012|
|Location||Sydney Opera House,|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Hosted by||Simon Burke|
The 12th Annual Helpmann Awards was held on 24 September 2012 at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, New South Wales. Administered by Live Performance Australia (LPA), accolades were presented for achievements in disciplines of Australia's live performance sectors, for productions during the season between 1 March 2011 – 31 May 2012.
With the 2012 edition, LPA established the Helpmann Awards Travel Fund which seeks to provide a greater opportunity for productions outside of Melbourne and Sydney to become Nominated for an Award. The Fund provides travel assistance to members of the voting panel, allowing them to attend productions outside of their home states.
|Monday, 13 August 2012||Helpmann Awards nomination announcement and media launch|
|Monday, 24 September 2012||12th Annual Helpmann Awards ceremony at the Sydney Opera House|
Winners and nominees
In the following tables, winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
|Best Play||Best Direction of a Play|
|Best Female Actor in a Play||Best Male Actor in a Play|
|Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play||Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play|
|Best Direction of a Musical||Best Choreography in a Musical|
|Best Female Actor in a Musical||Best Male Actor in a Musical|
|Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical||Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical|
|Best Opera||Best Direction of an Opera|
|Best Female Performer in an Opera||Best Male Performer in an Opera|
|Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera||Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera|
Dance and Physical Theatre
|Best Ballet or Dance Work||Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production|
|Best Choreography in a Ballet or Dance Work|
|Best Male Dancer in a Ballet or Dance Work||Best Female Dancer in a Ballet or Dance Work|
|Best Symphony Orchestra Concert||Best Chamber and Instrumental Ensemble Concert|
|Best Individual Classical Performance|
|Best International Contemporary Concert||Best Australian Contemporary Concert|
|Best Contemporary Music Festival|
|Best Presentation for Children||Best Regional Touring Production|
|Best Cabaret Performer||Best Comedy Performer|
|Best Special Event|
|Best New Australian Work|
|Best Original Score||Best Musical Direction|
|Best Costume Design||Best Scenic Design|
|Best Lighting Design||Best Sound Design|
The JC Williamson Award, a lifetime achievement award, was awarded to the late Indigenous Australian musician Jimmy Little (1 March 1937 – 2 April 2012) and Katharine Brisbane, a theatre journalist and publisher. The Brian Stacey Award, for emerging conductors of live theatre, opera and ballet, was given to Daniel Carter.
- A^ : The full producing credit for Rock of Ages is Rodney Rigby, Michael Cohl, Reagan Silber, Peter Gordon, Barry Habib, Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, S2BN Entertainment in association with Janet Billing Rich, Sar Mercer, Michael Minarik, Mariano Tolentino and Hilary Weaver.
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