Lazarus, the musical devised by David Bowie, won most of the prizes on Wednesday evening at the Musical Awards, presented in the RAI in Amsterdam. The show was voted best musical by the jury. Anastasia, also from Albert Verlindes Stage Entertainment, won the audience prize.
Leading actor Pieter Embrechts (photo) received a prize for his rendition of Valentine, one of the male main characters in Lazarus. Ivo van Hove, who directs the musical, received a Musical Award for best director. The fourth Musical Award for Lazarus was awarded to Jan Versweyveld for the best design.
Lazarus however, was not among the three nominees for the audience prize, which could be voted on live during the broadcast by viewers. Soldier of Orange, Anastasia and Kinky Boots competed for this honor. Eventually won Anastasia.
Renée van Wegberg and Gerrie van der Klei among the prizes
The prize for best female lead role went to Renée van Wegberg for her role in the performance Fun Home. This musical was also named the best small production. Fun Home-actress Dominique de Bont was named up-and-coming talent on Wednesday.
Gerrie van der Klei and Dennis Willekens won a prize for their supporting roles in respectively Anastasia and Kinky Boots. Soldier of Orange was awarded the one-time Musical Award for Unique Performance.
The Musical Awards were presented by Frits Sissing. Prizes were awarded by, among others, Edsilia Rombley, Holly Mae Brood, Richard Groenendijk and Lucas Hamming.