Entertainment

Glam rock musical tops awards list

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages

ROCK of Ages, the comedy musical that inspired this year's star-studded Hollywood film of the same name, has topped this year's Helpmann Awards nominations.

The annual awards honour the best in Australian theatre, events and live performances.

The Australian production of the '80s glam rock musical earned seven nominations including best musical and best actor nods for its leads Justin Burford and Amy Lehpamer.

But Rock of Ages was closely followed by the Aussie revival of a Broadway classic A Chorus Line, which received six nominations.

Currently playing Sydney's Capitol Theatre, the dance-heavy musical was nominated for the all-important best choreography in a musical category as well as best musical for its debut at the Adelaide Festival.

John Frost's An Officer and A Gentleman seemed to be a hit with the Helpmann committee with five nominations, despite fizzling after its world premiere in Sydney.

Based on the Oscar-winning 1982 film starring Richard Gere, the musical's Sydney run closed early because of poor ticket sales and is now in redevelopment.

Annie, another Frost production, earned three nominations including best male actor in a musical for Anthony Warlow, who played his last show in Melbourne on Sunday before he heads to the US to play Daddy Warbucks on Broadway.

In the opera genre, the State Opera of South Australia earned eight nominations for its staging of Moby Dick and West Australian Opera's co-production of Elektra earned six nominations.

Announced last night at joint events in Sydney, Melbourne, and for the first time Brisbane, the Helpmann nominations also included a nod to Peter Noble's Bluesfest for best contemporary music festival and Gruen Planet host Wil Anderson for his Wilarious tour.

Pop princess Kylie Minogue earned two nominations for best Australia contemporary concert for her Anti-Tour B-Sides and Aphrodite tours.

The Foo Fighters, Sade, Robert Waters and Prince also received nods for best international contemporary concert.

The 12thannual Helpmann Awards will take place on September 24 at 8pm at the Sydney Opera House and will be broadcast live on Foxtel's STUDIO channel.

To see the full list of nominations go to the Helpmann Awards website.

Topics:  a chorus line helpmann awards rock of ages



premium_icon Why didn't the ATO prevent this?

Warren and Sheenah Whitten at their ARC Attack Engineering factory in Woolgoolga.

They lost their business after losing up to $1 million to accountant

Late paperwork almost costs fire service grant as well

Maclean Showgrounds. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner

Grant could've been lost for another Valley group save for error

Clarence Valley Petrol and Weather

Where will you fill up the car today?

Grab the weather forecast and where to get the cheapest petrol today

Local Partners

Test your movie trivia on Home Alone

HE’S the kid who got left Home Alone — but did you know Macaulay Culkin improvised one of the movie’s killer lines? Here are 18 facts you never knew.

Sophie breaks down during live interview

Sophie Monk broke down during a live radio interview with Kyle and Jackie O.

SOPHIE Monk was in floods of tears during a radio interview today.

MOVIE REVIEW: Chan a serious man in The Foreigner

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner.

Jackie Chan wishes to get all dramatic on you.

Shocking reason TV exec passed on Big Little Lies

Nicole Kidman won an Emmy for her work in Big Little Lies. Picture: Supplied / Foxtel

AMAZON’S now-ousted chief had one question about the miniseries.

Today chaos: ‘I think they’re actually mating’

Matt Moran was attacked by a swarm of bug during his cross on TODAY.

Giant bugs take over interview with celebrity chef Matt Moran.

MOVIE REVIEW: Adam Sandler tries acting and impresses

Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler play brothers in The Meyerowitz Stories

The Meyerowitz Stories is bloody great.

Clarence Valley gig guide

The Blue Child Collective are playing at the Pacific Hotel, Yamba, on Sunday, October 22.

Enjoy a night out with good music