The 2010 Audelco Awards, honoring excellence in black theater, was held Monday in New York, at Harlem Stage, and one of the winners is a Dallas resident.
Actor/director Akin Babatunde won the Best Director of a Musical award for his production of Blind Lemon Blues, which has toured the world and played off-Broadway in the fall of 2009. The musical, about Blind Lemon Jefferson, was co-written with Alan Govenar.
Other winners included the Billie Holiday Theatre's production of What Would Jesus Do? (seven awards, including Dramatic Production of the Year and Playwright, Yvette Heyliger); and Urban Stages' production of Langston in Harlem, which won Musical Production of the Year.
Babatunde and Govenar has been performing and touring the show for a decade, including at WaterTower Theatre, for which it won several Leon Rabin awards in 2001.