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
Best New Musical
THE BAND’S VISIT
ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME
OTHELLO: THE REMIX
THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
Best New Play
CHURCH AND STATE
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
Best Musical Revival
THE GOLDEN BRIDE
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
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
Best Unique Theatrical Experience
TAYLOR MAC – A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC
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
Best Family Show
1001 NIGHTS: A LOVE STORY ABOUT Loving STORIES
THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA
LOVE THAT DOG
WONDERLAND: ALICE’S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE
Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Hall of Fame Award
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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