Tianqiao awards honor best musicals of 2018

Updated 2019-01-03 14:04:00

Winners receive the Best Musical Award at the 2018 Beijing Tianqiao Musical Awards ceremony on Dec 27, Beijing. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The 2018 Beijing Tianqiao Musical Awards ceremony was held at Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center on Dec 27, with over 10 musicals honored through awards in three major categories.

The Best Musical Award was presented to the shows Little Prince, Next To Normal, The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man, Eternal Love and I Love You.

Three performers -- Yang Zhuqing in Next To Normal, Tian Yifan in I Love You, and Li Xiang in The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man -- won the Best Performing Award, dazzling musical aficionados with their skilled renditions.

Winners receive the Best Performing Award at the 2018 Beijing Tianqiao Musical Awards ceremony on Dec 27, Beijing. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Additionally, the production teams of seven musicals received the Best Production Award.

Leaders from the China Musical Association and Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Alliance expressed their heartfelt congratulations to the winners and sincere thanks to the organizer Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center.

Winners receive the Best Production Award at the 2018 Beijing Tianqiao Musical Awards ceremony on Dec 27, Beijing. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

"Thanks to the more than two months of fantastic shows staged during the third Beijing Tianqiao musical performance season, we have witnessed the emergence of more outstanding original musical works in China," said Yang Xiulan, vice-president of Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Alliance.

"And the success of these shows has benefited from our country's increased support and attention to the domestic musical industry, as well as growing interest from the general public," Yang added.

Yang Xiulan, vice-president of Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Alliance, delivers the speech.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The Beijing Tianqiao Musical Performance Season represents one of the most influential musical events across the nation, and is held every two years.

Twelve brilliant musicals, 34 amazing shows and 40,000 audience members constitute the latest musical season, which ran from October to December last year. The season offered a visual feast through a wide variety of genres, such as traditional culture, world classics, popular culture, ethnic customs, love and affection, and technology and fantasy.

Launched in 2014, the musical award sets out to celebrate China's original musical productions and to introduce world classics to China at the same time.

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