A Chorus Line wins Best Musical at Helpmann Awards

The 12th annual Helpmann Awards were held last night at the Sydney Opera House and together Producer Tim Lawson and Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier collected the award for Best Musical at this glittering night of nights for the arts industry.
A Chorus Line was in good company in its category for Best Musical. Other nominees included Sharleen Cooper Cohen and John Frost for An Officer and a Gentleman, Rodney Rigby and the Rock of Ages Management LLC for Rock of Ages and The Production Company for Grey Gardens.
A Chorus Line saw the Festival Centre invest in a musical for the first time in 15 years.  It was an opportunistic collaboration when the Festival Theatre became available during the Christmas holiday period in 2011/12. The Festival Centre worked closely with Tim Lawson to maximise the opportunity and revive this popular musical presenting it to a new generation of theatre goers.
The Festival Centre’s scenery / building workshops were also instrumental in getting the scenery ready for the shows Australian revival.
A Chorus Line had a very successful Adelaide season with almost 40,000 ticketed attendances.
…..”this Broadway musical has guts, heart and a strong young company led by a commanding Josh Horner” The Australian
“Tim Lawson’s new look production captures the spirit, elan, introspection, fears, tears and ultimate triumph and tragedy of a life lived on the edge:” Sunday Mail
Adelaide Festival Centre Artistic Director and CEO, Douglas Gautier, says: “A Chorus Line had its Australian Premiere at the Adelaide Festival Centre. We’re so pleased to have worked with Tim Lawson to present this musical and for it to have gone on to be recognised with a Helpmann Award.  We’re also incredibly excited at our next venture together towards the end of the year when we present our summer spectacular The Illusionists, which will open on New Years Eve.”

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