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Akin Babatunde Wins Audelco

Award comes for directing the musical Blind Lemon Blues in New York.



published Thursday, November 18, 2010

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. Thanks For Reading





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