June 28--Producer Corey Brunish launched the Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards a few years ago because, at least in part, he felt that musicals were getting short shrift from the already established Drammy Awards.
As it's turned out, though, musicals have been getting a lot of Drammy love in recent years. And this season one musical won the hearts of the Drammy committee and the anonymous folks who vote on the PAMTAS. "The Drowsy Chaperone" at Broadway Rose was one of three shows to get a Drammy for outstanding production a few weeks ago; then on Monday it was named outstanding musical in a ceremony at the Winningstad Theatre.
A tribute to old-fashioned Broadway escapism, but with a contemporary meta-theatrical twist, the show was directed by Lyn Cramer, who took home a trophy of her own for her efforts.
Among other notable PAMTA winners were Portland writer/director/composer Matt Zrebski's "Ablaze" (awards for original musical and ensemble) and actors Jared Michael Brown, Brianna Rouse and Chrissy Kelly-Pettit.
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