Conrad Helfrich

Music Supervisor

Conrad commenced working on Dirty Dancing in Australia as Musical Director in June, 2004. Since that ground-breaking Australian season, Conrad has been engaged to work as Music Supervisor for all international productions including Hamburg (2006-2008), the initial London production (2006-2011 – Aldwych Theatre), Toronto (2007-2008), Utrecht (2008-2009), US tour (Chicago/Boston/Los Angeles 2008-2009), Berlin (2009-2010), Oberhausen (2011-2012), Stockholm (2012) and the UK Tour (2011- 2013). He has also produced the original cast albums for productions of Dirty Dancing in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and North America.

He has also co-written and provided all vocal and band arrangements in addition to co-composing several pieces of original music for the production.

Previous credits as Musical Director or Supervisor include: The Australian Outback Spectacular (2006-2010) for Warner Village Theme Parks, The Full Monty (2003 Australia), Singin’ in the Rain (2001 Australia and South East Asia), The Man from Snowy River (2001/2002 Australia), Jolson (1999/2000 Australia), Me and My Girl (1994-1996 Australia and New Zealand), The New Rocky Horror Show (1992 Australia and South East Asia), Blues in the Night (1991 Australia), Nine (1987-1988 Australia), Me and My Girl (1986 Australia), Songbook (1984 and Australia), As You Like It (Melbourne Theatre Company 1984). His musical production of the Australian cast albums for Nine (1989) and The Man from Snowy River (2003) both received ARIA awards as best cast albums.

He has been awarded the Green Room Award as Best Musical Director for his work on The Man from Snowy River (2003) and nominations in the same category for Singin in the Rain (2002) and Sweet Charity 2001. He also had the great privilege of providing additional vocal, dance and orchestral arrangements for that production in conjunction with the composer the late Cy Coleman.

For fourteen years leading up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games he managed a production company specializing in the creation of children’s theatre for international companies such as Warner Bros., Turner Entertainment, Village Roadshow as well as the Sydney Organizing Committee for the 2000 Olympic Games. Together with his wife Penelope Richards he created over eighty original productions and appearance formats and provided employment to over 350 artists and performers throughout Australia and South-East Asia. In 1994 this programme of entertainment received the MAXI award in the United States as the best entertainment of its kind staged in the Asia Pacific region.

Conrad is indebted to Eleanor Bergstein, Jimmy Ienner, Kevin Jacobsen, Karl Sydow, Col Joye and Amber Jacobsen for the faith, trust and confidence they have invested in him throughout this most exciting of journeys.