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Lazarus was the big Music Awards winner with four awards

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Not Anastasia or Kinky Boots, but Lazarus won the most prizes on Wednesday during the 19th Awards of the Musical Awards. The piece that David Bowie made just before his death was, among other things, proclaimed the best major musical.

Director Ivo van Hove also received the prize for best director and actor Pieter Embrechts won in the best male lead role category. The fourth award went to Jan Versweyveld for best design.

Bowie created Lazarus together with Van Hove. After New York and London, the Netherlands is the third place where the show can be seen. In Lazarus, Thomas Newton, Bowie’s alter ego, leads the audience through his life, his dreams and his obsessions. The journey is framed by hits such as Absolute Beginners, Changes, Heroes and This is not America.

Beforehand, Anastasia and Kinky Boots were labeled as the big favorites. Both shows had won ten nominations but both only cashed in two and not in the main categories. For Kinky Boots there were prizes for best supporting actress (Dennis Willekens) and best script and Anastasia won in the best supporting actress (Gerrie van der Klei) and best choreography categories. Anastasia did win the AD Audience Award, at the expense of Kinky Boots and Soldaat van Oranje.

In the meantime, Fun Home went home with three awards. The piece was not only voted best small musical, but lead actress Renée van Wegberg also won the prize for best female lead. Dominique de Bont won the award for up-and-coming talent.

Soldaat van Oranje, which has been running for almost ten years, received a specially-created Musical Award for Unique Performance because of the unprecedented length of playing time, the unique number of visitors and the contribution to the memory of the Second World War.

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