Malaga prepares to host the Max Awards

Antonio Banderas (centre) in A Chorus Line.
Antonio Banderas (centre) in A Chorus Line. / SUR
  • The gala ceremony, which was due to take place at the Cervantes Theatre in June, has now been rescheduled for 7 September

The Max Awards for the Performing Arts are due to take place at the Cervantes Theatre on 7 September, and Malaga actor Antonio Banderas is hoping A Chorus Line, which he produced and co-directed and in which he played the lead role at his Teatro del Soho Caixabank project, will win the Best Musical award. His show is one of the three finalists for that category.

The awards ceremony, which is now in its 23rd year, was originally scheduled for 29 June but had to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus crisis. A total of 386 shows had been hoping for success, but this has now been narrowed down to 35 finalists in the 19 categories. This ceremony will be a joint celebration in a way, as 2020 is the 150th anniversary of the Cervantes Theatre.

The finalists were recently announced by the Sociedad General de Autores de España, and A Chorus Line, which has one nomination, is the only finalist from Malaga.

Shock (El Cóndor y el Puma), by Andrés Lima and produced by the Centro Drámatico, has the highest number of nominations (four), followed by Com els Grecs, by Josep María Mestres, with three. These two shows are competing for the Best Theatre Show award alongside Miguel del Arco's 'Jauría', based on the trial of the gang known as 'La Manada'.

Unusally, the theatre company La Maquiné from Granada, formed by Joaquín Casanova and Elisa Ramos, will not only be presenting the Max Awards ceremony but is also hoping for three of the awards for its show Acróbata y Arlequín.