Sydney theatre’s night of nights
The winners of the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced on Monday at a star-studded ceremony at the Seymour Centre.
More than 400 members of the stage community packed the York Theatre for the presentation of 35 awards, which were shared between 18 productions which played in Sydney last year.
The first musical number set the tone for the evening as nineteen of the original Sydney and Melbourne cast members of the first Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, from 25 years ago, sang Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast.
Nancye Hayes received a standing ovation after winning the Best Cabaret award for her show Hayes @ The Hayes. Maggie Blinco, who at 86 is still performing on stage, also received a standing ovation when she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Australia’s newest sweetheart, Celeste Barber (who recently raised $50 million for bushfire relief), was in the room to support her best friend Thomas Campbell, who won the Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Award. After the ceremony everyone retired to the bar at the Seymour Centre for several hours of networking and catching up, making the most of the only night of the year that the Sydney theatre industry congregates en masse.
IMG Crown Tennis party
On the eve of the Australian Open last Sunday, Crown Melbourne hosted an all-star line-up of local and international tennis players, celebrities, sporting identities and social personalities at its 21st annual Crown IMG Tennis Party.
Guests at the Crown Aviary enjoyed 360-degree views of Melbourne, rubbed shoulders with the world’s most sought-after tennis players and enjoyed the Moroccan-themed party which included a Marrakech night market barbecue and cold mezze table.
Free-flowing Piper-Heidsieck champagne, Stella Artois beer and Aperol Spritz cocktails kept the A-list guests including Rafael Nadal hydrated while they enjoyed beats from DJ Kitty Kat and vocals from Ruby Cesan accompanied by saxophonist Rob Muir.
Nique X Amelia Dowd host bushfire relief
On Thursday evening Australian fashion label Nique and photographer Amelia Dowd came together for a bushfire relief photography sale at Nique in Newtown.
The store was awash with artists, influencers, stylists, musicians and media, including singer-songwriter Asta, creative influencer Yasmin Suteja, model Lucy Blay and stylist Catherine Madafarri. Guests sipped spritzers while browsing a range of photography that was donated by Australian photographers with all proceeds going towards The Red Cross. The exhibition runs for a month.
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Lucy Manly covers Sydney’s social set in her Emerald City and Social Scene columns every Sunday in The Sun-Herald. Contact her at email@example.com
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.