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The Australian Helpmann Awards: Legally Blonde, King Kong and Secret River dominate

Legally Blonde: The Musical was a big winner at the 13th annual Helpmann Awards at the Sydney Opera House on 29 June. A total of 43 awards were presented, honouring the most outstanding live performances in Australia in the past year.

Legally Blonde won the coveted best musical award, as well as best direction and choreography, while star Lucy Durack took out best female actor in a musical.

Durack was ecstatic as she received her award, but paid tribute to fellow nominees Chloe Dallimore from The Addams Family, Esther Hannaford from King Kong and Sylvie Paladino who starred in Chess. She said ‘It's been such an honour to be in the category with Esther, Sylvie and Chloe, who I just admire so much...Thanks to the Legally Blonde crew, who are the loveliest, happiest, most hardworking group of people...And thanks to all the dogs on Legally Blonde for keeping it real and reminding us of what's important in life.’

Legally Blonde played to strong audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and producer Sue Farrelley says the awards are a tribute to the cast's hard work. Sue said ‘Legally Blonde brought together a really fabulous collection of people and it's the ultimate reward for them. I'd like to make special mention of Peter Clarke, our fabulous dog trainer, and our lovely dogs. I think every show should have dogs.

Article originally produced by Australia's ABC News