The First Ever Theater Blogger Awards Were Given to Top Shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway

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The First Ever Theater Blogger Awards were given by members of the Independent Theater Bloggers Association, a group of the most passionate theater bloggers on the web. The awards were given to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway shows.

The Association was formed out of a desire to provide structure to the quickly growing theatrical blogosphere, as well as to give the new media voices a chance to recognize excellence in three of the very distinct theatrical markets that make up the New York City theatrical landscape: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

The Independent Theater Bloggers Association (http://www.TheaterBloggers.com) is thrilled to announce the winners of the first annual ITBA Awards for Excellence in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater.

The ITBA (Independent Theater Bloggers Association) was formed in 2009 by a group of the most passionate theater bloggers on the World Wide Web (partial list below). The members of the Association blog about all aspects and all varieties of both commercial and non-profit theater, from big Broadway musicals performed in Times Square, to the most unique forms of entertainment performed off-off Broadway on the Lower East Side, as well as productions all over the country and all over the world. Together they see thousands of productions, and without being paid or prodded, they write about them.

Ken Davenport, founder of the ITBA, said, "The Association was formed out of a desire to provide structure to the quickly growing theatrical blogosphere, as well as to give the new media voices a chance to recognize excellence in three of the very distinct theatrical markets that make up the New York City theatrical landscape: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway."

In true "new media" style, there will be no live awards ceremony for the ITBA Awards. Instead, there will be a virtual awards ceremony, with video acceptance speeches for the winners posted electronically in the coming weeks on ITBA's website, http://www.TheaterBloggers.com.

This year's winners of the ITBA Awards are as follows:

BROADWAY:

BEST BROADWAY PLAY
Reasons To Be Pretty

Written by Neil Labute, Directed by Terry Kinney
Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Ted Snowdon, Doug Nevin/Erica Lynn Schwartz, Ronald Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Kathleen Seidel, Kelpie Arts, Jam Theatricals, Rachel Helson/Heather Provost, and Scott M. Delman

BEST BROADWAY MUSICAL
Billy Elliot

Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Lee Hall, Book by Lee Hall
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Produced by Universal Pictures, Working Title, The Old Vic Company, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn, and Sally Greene

BEST BROADWAY REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Hair

Music by Galt MacDermot. Lyrics by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Book by Rado & Ragni
Directed by Diane Paulus
Produced by The Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Productions, Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/Wencarlar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, Jam Theatricals, The Weinstein Company/Norton Herrick and Jujamcyn Theatres

BEST BROADWAY REVIVAL OF A PLAY
The Norman Conquests

Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Thomas Viertel, Dede Harris, Tulchin/Bartner/Lauren Doll, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein, Harriet Newman Leve, Probo Productions, Douglas G. Smith, Michael Filerman/Jennifer Manocherian, and Richard Winkler

OFF-BROADWAY:

BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
Fela!

Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones
Directed by Bill T. Jones
Music and Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Add'l Music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean
Add'l Lyrics by Jim Lewis
Produced by Ruth and Stephen Hendel and Roy Gabay

BEST OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Ruined

Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodman Theatre

BEST OFF-BROADWAY REVIVAL (PLAY OR MUSICAL)
Our Town

Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by David Cromer
Produced by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, Ted Snowdon, Eagle Productions, Dena Hammerstein/Pam Pariseau, The Weinstein Company, Burnt Umber Productions

BEST OFF-OFF BROADWAY PLAY
Universal Robots

Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by Rosemary Andress
Produced by Manhattan Theater Source

BEST OFF-OFF BROADWAY UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
Suspicious Package

Written by Gyda Arber & Aaron Baker
Directed by Gyda Arber
Produced by The Fifth Wall as part of The Antidepressant Festival

CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN OFF-OFF BROADWAY THEATER
Flux Theatre Ensemble

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Members of the ITBA include:

Bill Brown
creatingtheater.com

Linda Buchwald
Pataphysical Science
pataphysicalscience.blogspot.com

Donald Butchko
Me2ism?
me2ism.blogspot.com

Chris Caggiano
Everything I Know I Learned from Musicals
ccaggiano.typepad.com

Zack Calhoon
Visible Soul
zackcalhoon.blogspot.com

Jodi Schoenbrun Carter
off-stage-right.com

Corine Cohen
Corine's Corner
corinescorner.com

Kevin Daly
Theatre Aficionado at Large
theatreaficionado.com

Ken Davenport
The Producer's Perspective
theproducersperspective.com

Ryan J. Davis
Ryan J. Davis Blogs
ryanjdavis.blogspot.com

Jeremy Dobrish
Jeremy's Green Room
JeremysGreenRoom.com

Donell James Foreman
The DJF
thedjf.blogspot.com

Michael Gilboe
Broadway Bullet
broadwaybullet.com

Diana Glazer
Lezbehonest
lezbehonest.tumblr.com

Byrne Harrison
stagebuzz.com

Leonard Jacobs
The Clyde Fitch Report
clydefitch.com

Patrick Lee
Just Shows to Go You
justshowstogoyou.com

James Marino
Broadway Stars
broadwaystars.com

Tulis McCall
Usher Nonsense
ushernonsense.com

Jesse North
Stage Rush
stagerush.blogspot.com

Aaron Riccio
That Sounds Cool
thatsoundscool.blogspot.com

Sarah Roberts
Adventures in the Endless Pursuit of Entertainment
sarahbsadventures.blogspot.com    

Michael Roderick
One Producer in the City
oneproducerinthecity.typepad.com

Adam Rothenberg
Adaumbelle's Quest
adaumbellesquest.com

David Spencer
Aisle Say
aislesay.com

Ethan Stanislawski
Tynan's Anger
tynansanger.com

Gil Varod
Broadway Abridged
broadwayabridged.com

Kim Weild
kimweild.com

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