Friday, 9 May 2008

Jackman dances on to awards shortlist


WOLVERINE might be bemused but Hugh Jackman has been nominated for an Australian Dance Award for his star turn as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz.

The shortlist of nominees for the 2008 awards was announced yesterday.

The Melbourne dance company Lucy Guerin Inc tops the list with four nominations from the nine categories.

Honour Bound, about David Hicks's detention in Guantanamo Bay, is up for two awards: outstanding achievement in choreography for Garry Stewart and outstanding performance by a male dancer for Paul White.

Jackman was put forward for outstanding performance in a stage musical, alongside Tony Sheldon for Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, and Silvia Entcheva and Tobias Cole for This Show Is About People, which was performed in Sydney in January as part of the Sydney Festival.

Jackman played Allen from 2003 to 2004 in the United States, and again in 2006 in Australia.

He has won a Tony Award for best lead actor in a musical for his performance.

The 2008 awards recognise excellence across all dance forms, presented between July 1, 2006, and December 31, 2007.

The nominees for outstanding performance by a female dancer include Kirstie McCracken, Lisa Griffiths, Lucinda Dunn and Sarah Jayne Howard.

Antony Hamilton, Byron Perry and Reed Luplau are the other nominations for outstanding performance by a male dancer.

The winners will be announced on June 15.


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