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Pia Douwes
Pia Douwes
(born 5 August 1964) is a Dutch actress in musical theatre in Europe. She is best known for having created the title role in the German-language musical Elisabeth.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Musical Engagements 3 Discography 4 Awards and nominations 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Douwes was born in Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands, as Petronella Irene Allegonda Douwes, to an arts dealer and a social worker, and is the grandniece of Doris Day. Initially Douwes wanted to become a nurse for mentally handicapped children, then she danced in a disco when she was 19 years old and realised that she wanted to dance. She went to London
London
and searched for a dance school in the Yellow Pages. She chose the Brooking School of Ballet. Without any prior dance education, she auditioned (with a sprained ankle) and was accepted. One year later she attended a musical workshop with Susi Nicoletti and Sam Cane in Vienna. Cane is said to have told Douwes' father at that time: "If she doesn't become a star, I'll hang myself!" In 1986, she got her first small part in the German-language premiere of Little Shop of Horrors in Vienna. More small parts followed, and in 1987 she got her first part in a larger production, as an Swing in Cats in Amsterdam. With this production she toured Russia
Russia
in 1988, playing Grizabella and Jellylorum. More parts followed, including Fantine in the original Amsterdam production of Les Misérables in 1991, but the great break came in 1992, when she got the title role in the world premiere of Elisabeth in Vienna, Austria. Though the Viennese papers wrote a lot of scathing criticism, such as "Munter geht die Sisi unter" ("Sisi perishes") and they denied Douwes singing and acting talent of any kind, Douwes became (along with Uwe Kröger) an acclaimed musical star and reprised the title role numerous times. Elisabeth is today the most successful German-language musical of all-time. Until 1994 she played Elisabeth, then played more parts like Rizzo in Grease (Vienna) and Eva Perón
Eva Perón
in Evita in the Dutch touring production. She was also active in other areas; she sang and spoke the leading part for the Dutch versions of the movies Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. Additionally she did the gala evenings In love with Musical along with her colleagues Uwe Kröger, Marika Lichter and Viktor Gernot. In 1999 she played Velma Kelly in the Dutch premiere of Chicago. Then Douwes went back to her roots and played the leading part of Elisabeth again in the Dutch and German premieres of the musical. After a total of 900 performances as the Austrian empress, she went back to the Netherlands
Netherlands
in February 2002 to take part in the Broadway musical Fosse, along with Dutch musical stars Simone Kleinsma
Simone Kleinsma
and Stanley Burleson (nl). In March 2003 she got the chance to play Milady de Winter
Milady de Winter
in the world premiere of the Dutch musical 3 Musketiers (The Three Musketeers). The musical was later recorded (with her) and is now available on DVD. In 2004 she played Velma Kelly in Chicago again, but this time she performed in the West End of London
London
and then on Broadway, being the first Dutch actress to take a leading role in a production on Broadway. Back again in the Netherlands
Netherlands
she played Clara in Passion. Then she went back to Germany
Germany
to play Milady de Winter
Milady de Winter
again in the German premiere of 3 Musketiere in Theater des Westens
Theater des Westens
in Berlin. She played the part until 30 October 2005. In 2007, she was seen as a judge on Op zoek naar Evita (In search for Evita), a Dutch reality show. The winner was cast as Eva Perón, a role Douwes played over a decade ago, in a new Dutch production of Evita. In 2008, Pia was a judge on the German reality show Ich Tarzan du Jane in which they looked for both Tarzan and Jane to star in the German production of Tarzan and returned as a judge and coach on "Op zoek naar Joseph", similar to the search for Evita, but this series searched for the male lead in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In late 2008, she donned the turban as the infamous Norma Desmond
Norma Desmond
in the Dutch touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, alternating in the lead role with her friend and previous Les Misérables, Chicago and Fosse
Fosse
co-star, Simone Kleinsma. In 2009 she returned yet again to judge and coach the contestants of a new Op Zoek Naar... series, this time searching for the woman who would play Mary Poppins. After the program ended, Pia played the role 'Velma Kelly' for six weeks on the West End in 2009. From August 2010 until January 2011 she played the 'Killer Queen' in the rock musical We Will Rock You in Utrecht. She then toured all over the Netherlands
Netherlands
with the Dutch production of Master Class, in which she played the part of Maria Callas. The tour lasted until the end of May 2011, with two extra performances in September 2011. Pia has played the role of Mrs. Danvers in the Stuttgart
Stuttgart
production of Rebecca, Claire Zachanassian in the Vienna
Vienna
production of Der Besuch der alten Dame, Diane in the Fürth production of Next To Normal, and currently she is playing Mrs. Wilkinson in the Dutch production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Pia Douwes
Pia Douwes
is the most famous European musical actress alongside Ute Lemper. She has taken part in over 25 CD productions, and was a duet partner of José Carreras. Musical Engagements[edit]

1986 - Little Shop of Horrors, Crystal in Vienna 1986 - 1987Sammy Mario and Dancers, Dancer in Vienna 1987 - Cats, Swing, Grizabella, Jellylorum in Amsterdam 1988 - 1989 Cats, Grizabella, Jellylorum, Demeter in Vienna 1988 - Cats, Grizabella, Jellylorum at the tour through Russia 1990 - West Side Story, Maria at the tour through Belgium and the Netherlands 1991 - 1992 Les Misérables, Fantine in Amsterdam
Amsterdam
& Schevenigen 1992 - 1994 Elisabeth, Empress Elisabeth in Vienna 1994 Other People's Money, Kate Sullivan in Prague 1994 West Side Story, Maria in Summer of Musical Amstetten 1994 - 1995 Grease, Rizzo in Vienna 1995 / 1996 Cabaret, Sally Bowles in Bad Hersfeld, Germany August 10, 1995 Cats, Grizabella and guest at the premiere in Vienna 1995 - 1996 and January 1997 Evita, Eva Péron at the tour through the Netherlands 1997 Rocky Horror Show, Janet in Bad Hersfeld, Germany 1997 - 1999 Dance! Dance! Dance!, Soloist in Vienna 1997 - 1998 Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre at the tour through the Netherlands November 1998 Savanah Bay, Young Woman in the Netherlands December 1999 The Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical Gala, Soloist at the tour through Germany 1999 Chicago, Velma Kelly in Utrecht 1999 - 2000 Elisabeth, Elisabeth in Schevenigen 2000 Sweeney Todd, Beggar Woman, Debut in the West End of London December 2000 Cole Porter's Songbook, Soloist 2001 - 2002 Elisabeth, Empress Elisabeth in Essen 2002 Fosse, Soloist at the tour through the Netherlands 2003 - 2004 3 Musketiers, Milady de Winter
Milady de Winter
in Rotterdam 2004 Chicago, Velma Kelly in London 2004 Chicago, Velma Kelly, Debut on broadway 2004 - 2005 Passion, Clara at the tour through the Netherlands 2005 3 Musketiere, Milady de Winter
Milady de Winter
in Berlin 2006 Cabaret in Amsterdam 2006 Elisabeth, Empress Elisabeth in Stuttgart November 2006 - March 4, 2007 3 Musketiere, Milady de Winter
Milady de Winter
in Stuttgart April - June 2007 Best of Musical 2007 July 2007 "Cats", Grizabella December 5, 2007, "Chicago: 10th Anniversary Gala" as Velma Kelly. 2008 04.01. - 27.01. "Die drei Musketiere", Milady de Winter
Milady de Winter
in Stuttgart 2008 20.04 - 06.07 "Elisbeth das Musical", Elisabeth in Berlin 2008-2009 "Sunset Boulevard" 2009 14.09 - 24.10 "Chicago", West End as Velma Kelly September 2010 - December 2010 "We will rock you", The Netherlands
Netherlands
as Killer Queen[1] December 2011 - 2013 Rebecca, Stuttgart, Germany
Germany
as Mrs. Danvers [2] October 2013 "next to normal - fast normal" German Premiere as "Diana" 2014 11.30 "Billy Elliot" - Mrs. Wilkinson (Scheveningen, 2014.11.30 - )

Discography[edit]

1987 Cats, Cast recording 1989 It's time to say we care, Single for the benefit of the Aids-Gala in Vienna 1991 Les Misérables, Cast recording 1992 Hier sta ik, Single 1992 Ich gehör nur mir / I belong to me, Single 1992 Elisabeth, Cast recording 1994 Aidan Bell: Time Warp Duett: Maybe we can make it 1994 Grease, Live recording 1995 Living Water, Benefit CD 1995 Musical Christmas in Vienna, Sampler 1995 Pocahontas, Original Soundtrack Holland 1995 Evita, Cast recording 1995 Cabaret, Cast recording 1996 Stars singen Weihnachtslieder, Sampler 1996 Rocky Horror Show, Cast recording 1997 Still in love with Musical, Live recording 1997 Shades of night, Musicals go rock, Sampler 1998 10 für Zehn, Benefit CD 1998 Pocahontas II, Original Soundtrack Holland 1998 Joop van den Enden presenteert: De beste uit de musicals, Sampler 1998 Chicago, Cast recording 1999 Elisabeth, Cast recording (Netherlands) 1999 Mijn leven is van mij, Single (Dutch version of Ich gehör nur mir / I belong to me) 2000 Die fantastische Welt des Musicals, Sampler 2000 Alles Musical, Sampler 2000 Hoogtepunten uit de musicals, aangeboden door Persil, Sampler 2000 Hilversum Calling, Sampler 2000 Zing dan! Luisterliedjes, Sampler 2001 Ernst Daniel Smit e amici: Una voce particulare - Duet, Sampler "Tu Cosa Fai Stasera" 2001 Elisabeth, Cast recording in Essen, Germany 2001 3 CD-Track: "Ich gehör nur mir", Single 2001 In love with musical again, Live recording 2001 Steve Barton memorial concert, Live recording 2001 Uwe Kröger: Only the best 2001 Uwe Kröger: Musical Moments 2002 Het mooiste uit de nederlandse musicals, Sampler 2002 Fosse
Fosse
(Bye bye, blackbird), Promotional single 2003 De drie Musketiers, Cast recording 2003 De drie Musketiers - Special
Special
Edition, Cast recording, extra's CD & DVD 2003 Uwe Kröger: Musical Moments 2 2004 Het mooiste uit de nederlandse musicals II, Sampler 2004 Passion, Cast recording 2005 Die drei Musketiere, Cast recording 2006 Cabaret, Cast recording 2007 Dezemberlieder (December Songs), Solo CD of Maury Yeston's famous song cycle in German language 2009 Sunset Boulevard CD to the Dutch Tourproduction, complete live recording with Simone Kleinsma
Simone Kleinsma
(disc 1) and some studiotracks with Pia Douwes (disc 2)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Image 1996 for Elisabeth in Vienna
Vienna
[Won] 1996 Bad Hersfeld Audience Award for Cabaret in Bad Hersfeld [Won] 2000 John Kraaijkamp Musical Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Elisabeth in Scheveningen [Nominated] 2002 John Kraaijkamp Musical Award, Best Actress Abroad for Elisabeth in Essen [Won] 2003 John Kraaijkamp Musical Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role for 3 Musketiers in Rotterdam [Nominated] 2005 John Kraaijkamp Musical Award, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Passion in the Netherlands
Netherlands
[Nominated] 2006 Da Capo Award, Best Musical Actress for 3 Musketiere in Berlin [Won] 2006 Da Capo Award, Best Female Voice [Won], she won this award 6 times. 2014 John Kraaijkamp Musical Award, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Billy Elliot the Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical
in Scheveningen [Nominated]

Pia has also been given the award for Female Leading Role six times by the readers of the German magazine "Musicals" for her performances in Elisabeth also the best Female with the most beautiful voice. References[edit]

^ "Stage Entertainment Nederland - Archief".  ^ "Musicalworld". 

External links[edit]

Official website and fanclub: www.piadouwes.com (in Dutch, German and English) Pia Douwes
Pia Douwes
on IMDb

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 313408746 GND: 13477387X MusicBrainz: 6c25c30b-152e-427c

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