SKELETON CREW, PACIFIC OVERTURES, TURN ME LOOSE and More Among 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominees

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2016-2017 season.

Awards will be presented in seven competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show. Winners in all categories will be selected by secret ballot by members of the awards committee of the Off Broadway Alliance.

In addition to the competitive awards, six Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards are being presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2017 Legend of Off Broadway recipients are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horowitz, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, and Paula Vogel. The 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Award will be presented posthumously to Signature Theatre founder James Houghton.

Winners will be announced on May 16th. A complete list of nominees follows.

NOMINEES AND HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENTS 2017 OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

 Tony Shalhoub and cast in 'The Band's Visit'. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Tony Shalhoub and cast in ‘The Band’s Visit’. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Best New Musical
THE BAND’S VISIT
ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME
HADESTOWN
OTHELLO: THE REMIX
THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

Jason Dirden and Nikiya Mathis in Atlantic Theater Company’s Skeleton Crew. Photo by Ahron R. Foster
Jason Dirden and Nikiya Mathis in Atlantic Theater Company’s Skeleton Crew. Photo by Ahron R. Foster

Best New Play
CHURCH AND STATE
DANIEL’S HUSBAND
INDECENT
SKELETON CREW
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
THE WOLVES

Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Best Musical Revival
FINIAN’S RAINBOW
THE GOLDEN BRIDE
PACIFIC OVERTURES
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
SWEET CHARITY

Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni
Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Best Play Revival
THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD AKA THE NEGRO BOOK OF THE DEAD
THE EMPEROR JONES
THE HAIRY APE
OTHELLO
PICNIC

Mirirai Sithole, Amelia Workman, David Ryan Smith, Nike Kadri, Jamar Williams with Roslyn Ruff and Daniel J. Watts (center). Photo: Joan Marcus
Mirirai Sithole, Amelia Workman, David Ryan Smith, Nike Kadri, Jamar Williams with Roslyn Ruff and Daniel J. Watts (center). Photo: Joan Marcus

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
HER OPPONENT
PUFFS
SPAMILTON
TAYLOR MAC – A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC
VANITY FAIR

Ryan Quinn, Kate Hamill, Tom O’Keefe, Debargo Sanyal and Joey Parsons in a scene from The Pearl Theater Co.’s “Vanity Fair” Photo credit: Russ Rowland
Ryan Quinn, Kate Hamill, Tom O’Keefe, Debargo Sanyal and Joey Parsons in a scene from The Pearl Theater Co.’s “Vanity Fair” Photo credit: Russ Rowland

Best Solo Performance
Chris Gethard, CAREER SUICIDE
Marin Ireland, ON THE EXHALE
Sarah Jones, SELL/BUY/DATE
Joe Morton, TURN ME LOOSE
Anna Deveare Smith, NOTES FROM THE FIELD

Joe Morton in TURN ME LOOSE. Photo: Monique Carboni
Joe Morton in TURN ME LOOSE. Photo: Monique Carboni

Best Family Show
1001 NIGHTS: A LOVE STORY ABOUT Loving STORIES
THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA
LOVE THAT DOG
PIP’S ISLAND
WONDERLAND: ALICE’S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE

Bobby Cannavale (center) stars in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape, directed by Richard Jones, at the Park Avenue Armory. © Stephanie Berger
Bobby Cannavale (center) stars in Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape, directed by Richard Jones, at the Park Avenue Armory. © Stephanie Berger

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Harvey Fierstein
Athol Fugard
Israel Horowitz
Charlotte Moore
Estelle Parsons
Paula Vogel

Hall of Fame Award
James Houghton

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences. The Alliance holds monthly meetings and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community.

Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance sponsors 20at20, the event that runs twice a year for 20 days and lets theatergoers purchase $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain. It also produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. The Alliance operates the OBA Mentorship Program, which provides new producers with guidance and direction from Off Broadway veterans. And the Alliance created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which outlines Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.

For more information, visit www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com.

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Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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