Broadway Baby will launch the The Bobby’s this August, beginning with the Sixth Star Award for the finest of Broadway Baby’s five-star-reviewed shows. Sixth Star shows will be truly special - the judging panel might distribute just a few awards this year, or maybe none at all.

The judging panel, headed by producer and broadcaster Pete Shaw, will be looking for shows that stand out from the five-star crowd. Only shows already awarded five stars by a Broadway Baby reviewer will be eligible to enter the award.

Pete Shaw commented: "I’ve often wished we could give a show more than five stars - when something exceeds expectations in every area, makes us see the world a little differently, or just gives everyone a smile that lingers for days afterwards. There have been memorable occasions over the last few years when I’ve thought ‘this show is just so good, we need to tell everyone’. The Sixth Star Bobby lets the reviewers at Broadway Baby distinguish between the best and the very best shows at the Fringe."

The winners of a Sixth Star Bobby will be presented with a custom-made Bobby statuette and a Sixth Star certificate.

The Sixth Star is the first award to be part of The Bobby’s, a new scheme designed to showcase what’s best about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Bobby’s are Broadway Baby’s contribution to the newly launched Festival Media Network Awards, which provide an umbrella for various awards presented by independent publications covering the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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About Broadway Baby

Broadway Baby is one of the oldest and largest independent media who cover the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year Broadway Baby is introducing major new features to its website while increasing its coverage and quality under a new editor, James T Harding. Broadway Baby is a founding member of the Festival Media Network.

About the Festival Media Network

The Festival Media Network is a trade organisation for independent media who cover, preview and/or review at the Edinburgh Festival each August. The Network aims to represent the interests of media to the festival community, and to provide a united front through which the community can talk to all the key independent media as one. The Network was established in 2009.

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Published 24 June 2011