The Australian premiere of American Psycho The Musical, produced by BB Arts Entertainment and Two Doors Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co, triumphed with nine awards including best independent musical, best direction of a musical (Alexander Berlage) and the Judith Johnson Award for best performance by a male actor in a leading role in a musical (Ben Gerrard). The musical, based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel, was critically acclaimed on its Australian premiere last May.
The Sydney Theatre Awards are presented annually by a group of leading theatre critics including the SMH’s John Shand to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of the city’s theatre.
They were announced on Monday night at the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre before an industry-only audience of 400 people, with performances by Tim Minchin, Ashleigh Taylor from The Life of Us, opening at Hayes Theatre this week, and 18 of the original cast members of Beauty and the Beast marking the show’s opening in Australia 25 years ago.
Best independent production went to Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre’s John. Best direction of an independent production went to Dino Dimitriadis for Angels in America, which was also awarded best female and male actors in a supporting role in an independent production (Catherine Văn-Davies and Joseph Althouse).
The Judith Johnson award for best performance by a female actor in a leading role in a musical went to Elenoa Rokobaro for Caroline, or Change, another Hayes Theatre Production. Best newcomer was awarded to Chika Ikogwe for The Wolves and Fangirls. The Sydney Theatre Award for lifetime achievement was presented to actor Maggie Blinco in recognition of her 50-year stage career.