Conflict of Interest?
BROADWAY MAGAZINE – Producer Ken Davenport has been involved in recent Broadway hits like Speed-The-Plow, 13 The Musical, and Blithe Spirit. Now, he has founded an organization that will present theatre awards. Called “The Independent Theatre Bloggers Association” the group is meant to honor the best of all theatre by individuals who “see thousands of productions, and without being paid or prodded, they write about them.”
According to the release, Mr. Davenport founded the awards and organization “to provide structure to the quickly growing theatrical blogosphere.” Though it is too early to tell if he is able to tame the World Wild Web and you can’t fault the merits of the group’s winners (remember how the Drama Desk give “9 to 5″ 15 nominations?!), it seems as though there is a significant potential conflict of interest here.
What do you think?
Winners of the Ken Davenport Independent Theatre Bloggers Association Awards
BEST BROADWAY PLAY - Reasons To Be Pretty
BEST BROADWAY MUSICAL - Billy Elliot
BEST BROADWAY REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL - Hair
BEST BROADWAY REVIVAL OF A PLAY - The Norman Conquests
BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL - Fela!
BEST OFF-BROADWAY PLAY - Ruined
BEST OFF-BROADWAY REVIVAL (PLAY OR MUSICAL) - Our Town
BEST OFF-OFF BROADWAY PLAY - Universal Robots
BEST OFF-OFF BROADWAY UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE - Suspicious Package