RocKwiz front-chick and Green Room Awards nominee for 2003, 2004 and 2006, Julia Zemiro, will host the 2006 Green Room Awards Association Ceremony. The Ceremony takes place on Sunday April 1st 2007 at the Fairfax Studio at the Arts Centre from 1:30pm. Approximately 500 members of the performing arts community are expected to attend a celebration of the performing arts in Melbourne in a ceremony which is focussed on excellence – in a format which is not too serious.

“2006 was a great year” says Association President, Dr Mark Williams, “the theatre responded to the times with tremendous energy – it got loud, it got angry and it got airborne.”

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Cr Gary Singer, the acclaimed Suzanne Johnstone, stage star, Marina Prior (currently appearing in The Harp on the Willow), and Artistic Adviser to the newly-opened Miss Saigon, John Robertson, will join members of the Association to present the Awards. Speculation is mounting with regard to some close competition. The best production and male performer in music theatre categories are closely contested with Hugh Jackman’s Boy from Oz nominated against iOTA’s transgendered diva from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The line-up for best actor in theatre is a who’s who with two Gold Logie winners, John Wood, Gary McDonald matched against Jason Donovan, Brett Cousins and Hamish Michael.

The Association awards excellence in Dance, Music Theatre, Cabaret, Opera and Theatre on the Melbourne stage. Nominations are made by panels of over sixty performing arts industry peers who view work presented in Melbourne in six categories throughout the calendar year.  After ratification, the nominees are voted upon by the panel members in secret ballot.

The Association this year honours Sue Nattrass AO, Former General Manager of The Arts Centre, Director of the Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals and Chair of the Cultural Programmes of the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships. Other featured awards are the Association’s Technical Achievement Award, the John Truscott Award for Excellence in Design, and Awards for Best New Australian Musical Production and Best Australian Play sponsored by the City of Melbourne.

The Green Room Awards are sponsored this year by the Arts Centre, the City of Melbourne, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the John Truscott Foundation with support from the Melbourne Theatre Company and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Further Information: www.greenroom.org.au

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