The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industryThe Awards recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors including musicals, contemporary music, comedy, opera and classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentations for children, regional touring and cabaret.


MAMMA MIA! The Musical has been nominated for the following:





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The hype surrounding the latest touring rendition of Mamma Mia! The Musical is every bit warranted

After acclaimed stints in Brisbane and most recently Sydney, the cast felt at home on the stage in Perth, with Queensland talent Sarah Morrison (portraying lead Sophie Sheridan), on-point from the moment she stepped into the spotlight and serenaded the audience with the prologue, one of only a few intimate numbers throughout an action-packed, bright and fun evening.

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Mamma Mia! The Musical To Put A Smile On Your Face

Strange as it may seem considering I was around for the very start of the ABBA phenomenon and can remember the event that was the arrival of any new music from the group, last night, I heard some of the 22 songs included in Mamma Mia! The Musical, now showing at Crown Theatre Perth, for the first time.

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Mamma Mia actors urge Perth to take a chance on their show

Stephen Mahy lives out his buck’s party every night on stage — and everyone is invited. The WAAPA- trained actor stars as Sky in ABBA-inspired spectacular Mamma Mia!, which brings the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi to Crown Theatre from tomorrow.

The musical revolves around Sky’s nuptials to Sophie, so the bachelor bash is a pivotal event and the cast had the chance to re-create the hijinks at Cottesloe beach yesterday.

“It feels like we have been chasing summer — we arrived in Perth after playing in Sydney and it’s 30C,” Mahy said.

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Sam Hooper is flying high in Mamma Mia!

Audiences love the musical Mamma Mia. Jam packed with ABBA songs, it’s the musical everyone is ready to sing and dance along to, and this month a new production is playing at the Crown Theatre.

Sam Hooper, who plays Pepper in Mamma Mia, chatted to us about the fun role and how this musical is dramatically different to the other shows he’s been in.

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Interview with Ian Stenlake of Mamma Mia! The Musical

Award-winning actor Ian Stenlake stars as Sam Carmichael, one of (lead character) Sophie’s unsuspecting Dads in Mamma Mia! The Musical.

Ian has sustained an extensive career in television over the years, including starring roles in Sea Patrol (as Lieutenant Commander Mike Flynn), as well as regular stints in Stingers, Murder Call, and Dance Academy.

Theatre, too, is close to Stenlake’s heart, having appeared in Cabaret, Guys and DollsOklahoma and, most recently, Around the World in 80 Days.

Cream catches up with the man to talk all things ABBA and acting.

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MAMMA MIA! The Musical is coming to Crown Theatre!

The musical opens at the Crown Theatre in Perth on May 15th, after commencing the Australian tour with a sold-out season in Canberra, where the Canberra Times raved “Fabulous doesn’t even come close to describing this new Australian production of the sensational ABBA musical…. Mamma Mia! Is a winner of a show that has it all.”

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Meet the stars of MAMMA MIA!

Natalie O’Donnell, Alicia Gardiner and Jayde Westaby  join Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies on The Morning Show.


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Mamma Mia, here Sydney goes again: Fresh look for Capitol Theatre production

MAMMA Mia, here we go again! Musical blockbuster Mamma Mia! is back, kicking off at the Capitol Theatre tonight.

The “reimagined” classic — complete with fresh sets and a next-generation cast — tells the story of bride-to- be Sophie Sheridan and her quest to find her father.

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Interview: Mamma Mia!‘s Alicia Gardiner is a Two-Time Dancing Queen

There are some familiar faces in the new touring cast of Mamma Mia!, which opens in Sydney this week. Not only does Alicia Gardiner light up our screens as Kim Akerholt on Offspring, audiences returning to Mamma Mia! may also recognise her. Nearly 20 years ago, Alicia was part of the musical’s Australian premiere cast. I started by asking her what drew her back to the music of ABBA…

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