Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical

The Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical is a musical award, presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA) at the annual Helpmann Awards since 2001.[1] This is a list of winners and nominations for the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

Helpmann Award for
Best Direction of a Musical
Awarded forBest Direction of a Musical
Presented byLive Performance Australia
Currently held byTrey Parker and Casey Nicholaw for The Book of Mormon (2017)

Winners and nominees

   Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour


Year Director(s) Production
Gale Edwards The Boy from Oz
Nigel Jamieson The Theft of Sita
Richard Wherrett Shout! The Legend of the Wild One
Simon Phillips Company
Gale Edwards Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
David Atkins Singin' in the Rain
Phyllida Lloyd Mamma Mia!
Graeme Murphy Tivoli
B.T. McNicholl, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall Cabaret
Graham Gill and Sam Mendes Oliver!
James Powell The Witches of Eastwick
Nadia Tass The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Julie Taymor The Lion King
Dean Bryant The Last Five Years
Ben Elton We Will Rock You
Jack O'Brien (Originating Director). Recreated by Matt August The Full Monty
Susan Stroman The Producers
Stuart Maunder H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial by Jury
Simon Phillips Urinetown
Robert Wilson The Black Rider
Simon Phillips The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Stuart Maunder Dusty – The Original Pop Diva
Robyn Nevin Summer Rain
Gary Young Menopause The Musical
Neil Armfield Keating!
Laurence Connor Miss Saigon
Craig llott Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Simon Phillips Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Stephen Daldry in association with Julian Webber Billy Elliot the Musical
Gale Edwards Company
Michael Grandage and Jamie Lloyd Guys and Dolls
Roger Hodgman Little Me
Lisa Leguillou Wicked
Geordie Brookman Metro Street
Neil Gooding Gutenberg! The Musical!
Stuart Maunder My Fair Lady


Year Director(s) Production
Jonathan Biggins Avenue Q
Des McAnuff Jersey Boys
Rosemary Myers The Wizard of Oz
Simon Phillips The Drowsy Chaperone
Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne Mary Poppins
David Atkins Hairspray
Des McAnuff Dr Zhivago
Simon Phillips Love Never Dies
Roger Hodgman Grey Gardens
Michael Bennett A Chorus Line
Kristin Hanggi Rock of Ages
Simon Phillips An Officer and a Gentleman
Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde
Simon Phillips A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Jerry Zaks The Addams Family
Bartlett Sher South Pacific
Dean Bryant Sweet Charity
Baz Luhrmann Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Christopher Renshaw The King and I
Rosemary Myers Pinocchio
John Tiffany Once
Dean Bryant Anything Goes
Laurence Connor and James Powell Les Misérables
Stuart Maunder AM Into the Woods
Matthew Warchus Matilda the Musical
Roger Hodgman Fiddler on the Roof
Simon Phillips Ladies in Black
Dean Bryant Little Shop of Horrors
Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw The Book of Mormon
Julie Andrews My Fair Lady
Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Marc Bruni Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Simon Phillips Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical
Dean Bryant Assassins
Simon Phillips Muriel's Wedding
Francesca Zambello Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: West Side Story
Luke Joslin In the Heights
Jack O'Brien Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
[[Harold Prince|Hal Prince}} Evita

See also


  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 17 February 2012.
  4. "2019 Nominees and Winners | Helpmann Awards". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
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