Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 6/13/17

As usual, our monthly meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of the month – that’s Tuesday, June 13th.

The meeting, as always, will take place at the Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street, beginning at 5PM and running until 6PM.

See you there!

2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards – Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards!

The OBA Awards are presented in seven competitive categories and honor the best in commercial and not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatre. Click here for a full list of this year’s nominees and here for past winners.

The recipients of this year’s awards will be honored at a ceremony at Sardi’s on June 20.

Without further ado, the winners!

Best New Musical
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Best New Play
Indecent

Best Musical Revival
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Play Revival
The Emperor Jones

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Spamilton

Best Solo Performance
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose

Best Family Show
The Commedia Cinderella (RagTag Theatre)

As previously announced, this year’s Legend of Off Broadway Honorees are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horovitz, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, and Paula Vogel. The 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Award will honor the late James Houghton, founder of Signature Theatre.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of this year’s nominees!

 

SATURDAY SEMINAR 5/20/17 – “MAKING IT WORK: TALES FROM SUCCESSFUL SHOWS THAT SHARED A THEATER”

The Off Broadway Alliance Presents a Panel Discussion & Seminar

Making It Work:

Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater

Saturday, May 20th at 11AM

at The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street)

Admission is $5

Pre-Registration is Mandatory

Complimentary bagels and coffee for all registered attendees.

Register: www.SharedTheaterSeminar.eventbrite.com

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday May 20th, 2017.

The seminar, titled “Making It Work: Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater” will feature producer David Carpenter (Puffs, Hands on a Hard Body), Theater operator and producer Edmund Gaynes (Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Zero Hour), director, writer and composer Marshall Pailet (Baghdaddy, Triassic Parq, Caudio Quest) and Anthony Wilkinson (The My Big Gay Italian trilogy … Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis). Hugh Hysell (producer of Six Degrees of Separation, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will moderate the discussion curated from questions submitted by attendees.

The seminar will discuss the many benefits and challenges of creating and producing new work in the Off Broadway arena while sharing a theater with other shows. This seminar will feature a panel of industry professionals who are currently running shows in a shared Off Broadway theater.

“Making It Work: Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Doors will open at 10:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is $5 (to partially cover the costs of presenting the seminar), and pre-registration is a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar. Register (first come first served) at www.SharedTheaterSeminar.eventbrite.com.

About the Panelists:

David Carpenter is currently a Managing Partner of Tilted Windmills Theatricals, an entertainment Production Company based in New York City. He and John Pinckard are currently producing the hit off-Broadway play Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Matthew Cox. Tilted Windmills is also developing a new off Broadway immersive / interactive play Joe’s NYC Bar scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2017, a new interactive play by Matt Cox The Mysterious Revengers being developed in conjunction with the University of Florida at Gainesville and a Broadway production of the cult hit Reefer Madness the Musical. Previous positions include the Head of Sales at DreamWorks Theatrical, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Group Sales Box Office ,the Manager of Ticket Center Operations for The Broadway League and the Sales and Marketing Associate for Dodger Touring, Ltd. He graduated from Bucknell University with a double major in English and Theatre and a minor in Dance. He has lectured on producing at Bucknell University, The University of New Mexico and the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Edmund Gaynes As a theatre producer, Mr. Gaynes’ Off-Broadway productions include the current hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee (7 years), as well as long-running productions of Zero Hour (Drama Desk Award), The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, The Big Voice: God or Merman?, Cougar The Musical, Picon Pie, Emily Mann‘s Annulla, A Brush With Georgia O’Keeffe, Trolls, Panache, Chaim’s Love Song, Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson and Bein’ With Behan, which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. He produced the West Coast premieres of Marry Me a Little and Starting Here, Starting Now and was nominated for four Ovation Awards, for his productions of The Taffetas and Songs the Girls Sang. Mr. Gaynes produced the National Tour of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical. He currently operates two Off-Broadway theatres in New York City: St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre, as well as four theatres in Los Angeles. In 2014, Mr. Gaynes was presented with a “Legend of Off-Broadway” honor by the Off-Broadway Alliance at Sardi’s in New York City.

Marshall Pailet is a director, writer and composer for musical theater, plays, animated films. He directed, composed, and co-wrote the Off Broadway musicals Baghdaddy (currently playing, New York Times Critics’ Pick) and the now internationally licensed Triassic Parq (Chance Theater ’13; Ovation Award, Best Musical; Ovation Nom; Best Director). Other Theater: Claudio Quest (winner of six 2015 NYMF Awards for Excellence); Loch Ness (Chance Theater ’15; Best Musical, OC Weekly); Shrek the Halls (DreamWorks Theatricals); The Chocolate Tree (NAMT). Film: VeggieTales: Noah’s Ark starring Wayne Brady (Original Songs). As Director Only: Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theater Festival); Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Company – OBA Nom ’17); Eudaemonia; Uncle Pirate; Stuck; The 49 Project; Thursday; With Kings in the Back; Bat Boy; Escape Artists; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He is also on faculty at Molly College and the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Graduate Yale University. www.marshallpailet.com.

Anthony Wilkinson began his career as an Intern Writer at ABC Daytime’s One Life To Live in 1996 and during his fourteen years there he worked his way up to the position of Associate Director. While in that position he earned three Daytime Emmy Awards, seven nominations and was a two-time recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award. Anthony’s original production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding started his other passion in the theatre world, when it opened Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Actor’s Playhouse and later moved to Theatre Four in the spring of 2004. In 2006, Anthony wrote and starred as “Rio La Rocca” in the Off-Broadway production of Boys Just Wanna Have Fun. Anthony restaged My Big Gay Italian Wedding in September of 2009 at the St. George Theatre. Rave reviews prompted a revival on Restaurant Row with a full Equity cast in 2010. The run was expected to last six weeks, and extended 14 times in the same location. Aside from NYC, the show has already played in multiple cities in the US as well as Edinburgh, London, Vancouver, Hong Kong and parts of France. In 2013 Anthony opened the sequel to My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral which ran for over two years at St. Luke’s Theater, and has also been licensed by Samuel French. Wilkinson’s final chapter to the trilogy, My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis opened at the Theater Center in 2015. Anthony originated the role of Anthony Pinnunziato, a spin off of his real life persona and played the role for the entire run. My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis has also been published and licensed.

Hugh Hysell (Moderator) is a Tony Award winning Broadway producer, award winning marketer and performer. His Broadway producing projects include this spring’s revival of Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Award Nomination for Best Revival of a Play), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tonys) and Impressionism. Off Broadway, Hugh runs Hysell Marketing has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Gazillion Bubble Show, Altar Boyz, Cirkopolis, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis and others. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting “The Largest Coconut Orchestra In the World” promotion. In addition to current marketing clients, Hugh also performs Off Broadway as the cross dressing, loony psychiatric patient in the 30th Anniversary cast of Perfect Crime and recently appeared on HBO’s Divorce. Like every other actor, Hugh has appeared on Law and Order. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. @hughhysell www.HysellMarketing.com

MONTHLY MEETING – TUESDAY 5/9/2017

As usual, our monthly meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of the month – that’s Tuesday, May 9th.

The meeting, as always, will take place at the Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street, beginning at 5PM and running until 6PM.

See you there!

2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations

We’re pleased to announce the nominees for the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards! Awards are presented in seven competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show.

In addition to the competitive awards, six Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2017 honorees are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horovitz, 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.

Competitive category winners will be announced May 16. A complete list of nominees follows. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Missed last year’s OBA Awards? Check out video from the ceremony here!

Best New Musical
The Band’s Visit
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
Hadestown
Othello: The Remix
The View UpStairs

Best New Play
Church and State
Daniel’s Husband
Indecent
Skeleton Crew
Small Mouth Sounds
The Wolves

Best Musical Revival
Finian’s Rainbow
The Golden Bride
Pacific Overtures
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweet Charity

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

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Her Opponent
Puffs
Spamilton
Taylor Mac – A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Vanity Fair

Best Solo Performance
Chris Gethard, Career Suicide
Marin Ireland, On the Exhale
Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose
Anna Deaveare Smith, Notes From the Field

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

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

Hall of Fame Award
James Houghton

 

April 2016

MONTHLY MEETING – TUESDAY 4/11/2017

As usual, our monthly meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of the month – that’s Tuesday, April 11th.

The meeting, as always, will take place at the Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street, beginning at 5PM and running until 6PM.

See you there!

3/14/17 OBA Meeting Rescheduled

Due to the blizzard, the Off Broadway Alliance will not be meeting today. Instead, we will meet on Tuesday, March 21st at 5PM. As usual, the meeting will take place at the Snapple Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue).

Stay safe and enjoy the snow day!

 

 

SATURDAY SEMINAR 2/4/17 – “PAGE TO STAGE, OR HOW TO GET YOUR SHOW TO OFF BROADWAY”

The Off Broadway Alliance presents a Panel Discussion & Seminar

Page to Stage,

or How to Get Your Show to Off Broadway

Featuring Creators, Producers, and Literary Agents from

CAGNEY, CHURCH AND STATE, PUFFS, HANDLE WITH CARE, NYMF, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, and VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE 

Saturday, February 4th at 11am

at The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street

Admission is $5

Pre-Registration is Mandatory

Complimentary bagels and coffee for all registered attendees

Register: PageToStageSeminar.eventbrite.com

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series, focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday February 4th, 2017.

The seminar, titled “Page to Stage, or How to Get Your Show to Off Broadway” will feature producer Charlotte Cohn(Church and State, Handle with Care), playwright Matt Cox(Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic), co-author, co-producer and star ofCagney Robert Creighton, and literary agent Mark Subias, who represents clients that span across film, television and theater. Hugh Hysell (producer of Six Degrees of Separation and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will moderate the discussion curated from questions submitted by attendees.

The seminar will discuss various pathways of developing shows from conception towards a production in the Off Broadway arena.

“Page to Stage, or How to Get Your Show to Off Broadway” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Doors will open at 10:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is $5 (to partially cover the costs of presenting the seminar), and pre-registration is a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar. Register (first come first served) atwww.PageToStageSeminar.eventbrite.com

About The Off Broadway Alliance:

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.

The Alliance also presents the Off Broadway Alliance Awards, including an annual tribute to the Legends of Off Broadway and inductees to the Off Broadway Hall of Fame. It also produces the free OBA 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.www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com

About The Panelists:

CHARLOTTE COHN was born in Denmark and raised in Israel where she served in the Israeli Army as a Commanding Officer. She is a founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF) and Mainstreet Musicals. Producing credits include: Baltimore in Black and White (the cell theatre – Resident Artist), Rated P for Parenthood, The New York Times Critics’ Pick Handle With Care (both at the Westside Theater Off-Broadway), and the upcoming Church & State. Charlotte has collaborated with her husband Jason Odell Williams on a variety of writing projects including their screenplay Personal Statement (optioned by former Miramax executive Steve Hutensky) and their TV pilot Birdland, which was a Top Ten Finalist in the Tracking Board’s 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition. Charlotte’s screenplay By the Book was also a finalist in the NYWIFT 2015 competition, sponsored by Meryl Streep. www.churchandstatetheplay.com  

MATT COX is a playwright, actor, improviser, and sound designer from Dallas, Texas currently living in NYC. His plays include Puffs Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School Of Magic & Magic, Happy Little Trees: A Bobyssey, Cool Chefs Jr., The Madness of Captain Dread,Kings of Crowns, and the 3-part epic Kapow-i GoGo: Kapow-i GoGo Go!, Kapow-i GoGo Z, & Kapow-i GoGo Returns (Time Out Critics’ Pick). He authored the radio play El Hombre Bovinofor WNYC’s The Greene Space, and contributed to The Flea Theater’s The Mysteries. His work has been produced at The Elektra Theater, The University of Florida, The People’s Improv Theater, The Tank, and The Flea Theater, among other places. He is currently writing a novel about orcs. Matt has studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Tarleton State University.

ROBERT CREIGHTON is the co-author, co-producer and star of the current off-Broadway hit musical CAGNEY playing at the Westside Theatre. Broadway: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Durdles), ANYTHING GOES (Purser/Moonface),CHICAGO (Amos), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Chef Louis), THE LION KING (Timon), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, LAUGHING ROOM ONLY. Other: Shakespeare-in-the-Park’s COMEDY OF ERRORS (Angelo); Encores! DAMN YANKEES(Smokey), LITTLE ME (Pinchley, Jr et al), PAINT YOUR WAGON (Mike Mooney); DC Shakespeare’s THE ALCHEMIST(Ananias). TV: The Family (ABC), Elementary (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), Life on Mars (ABC). Album and Bistro Award for  54 Below solo show: AIN’T WE GOT FUN!www.RobertCreightonNYC.com @rcreightonnyc

MARK SUBIAS is an agent in the Motion Picture Literary Department at leading talent and literary agency UTA, where he represents clients that span across film, television and theatre. Subias joined the William Morris Agency mailroom in 1999. Subias worked for top theatre agent George Lane and was soon promoted to agent status in the theatre department. In 2004, Subias started his own management firm SUBIAS, in New York City. In April 2012, Subias joined United Talent Agency in their New York office. Among Subias’ distinguished clients are Adam Rapp, Will Eno, Bash Doran, Itamar Moses, Anne Carson, Sam Gold, Pam MacKinnon, Daniel Aukin, David Wiener, Annie Baker, Bryan Cranston, Ivo van Hove, Damian Lewis, Cynthia Erivo, Kevin Kline, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lucy Prebble, Sarah Ruhl, Chris Urch, Simon McBurney, Susan Sarandon, Benedict Andrews, Peter Morgan, Thomas Ostermeier, Diane Lane and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Subias is a guest lecturer at various theatre programs including Yale School of Drama, Brown University and NYU. He lives in New York.

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer, award winning marketer and performer. His Broadway producing projects include this spring’s revival of Six Degrees of Separation, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tonys®) and Impressionism. Off Broadway, Hugh created, produced and directed SEaMEN The Sailor Musical and The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest. Hugh has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The History Boys, Gazillion Bubble Show, Altar Boyz, Cirkopolis, Moscow Cat Circus, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis and others. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting “The Largest Coconut Orchestra In the World” promotion. In addition to current marketing clients, Hugh also performs Off Broadway as the cross dressing, loony psychiatric patient in the 30th Anniversary cast of Perfect Crime and this past November he was seen in Erik Ransom’s More Than All The World (the epic new rock opera  inspired by Marlowe’sEdward II) and on HBO’s Divorce. Yes, Hugh has appeared onLaw and Order. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. www.HughHysell.com / @hughhysell

DECEMBER 2016

MONTHLY MEETING – TUESDAY 12/13/2016

As usual, our monthly meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of the month – that’s Tuesday, December 13th.

The meeting, as always, will take place at the Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street, beginning at 5PM and running until 6PM.

See you there!

November 2016

MONTHLY MEETING – TUESDAY 11/8/2016

As usual, our monthly meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of the month – that’s Tuesday, November 8th.

The meeting, as always, will take place at the Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street, beginning at 5PM and running until 6PM.

See you there!

Recent News

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 2/7/2016 – “WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY OOPS”

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion. Spots are filling up fast! Sign up HERE or go to http://whatilearnedseminar.eventbrite.com/

The seminar, titled “What I Learned From My Oops!” will feature ROBERT AHRENS (Xanadu, Evita, Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony and the upcoming Disaster), SHARON FALLON (NYMF, Beautiful, Matilda the Musical and the upcoming Gotta Dance), MARTIN PLATT (Dames at Sea, My Life as a Musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility) and TOM SMEDES (The Visit, Peter and the Starcatcher, Naked Boys Singing, and the upcoming Bandstand). HUGH HYSELL (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Peter and the Starcatcher and North American Arts and Theater lead for Groupon) will moderate the discussion.

The seminar will discuss what lessons they have learned when things didn’t go quite as well as planned. These industry insiders will share stories about what one does when faced with certain unforeseen challenges.

“What I Learned From My Oops!” will be held on the 4th floor of The Theater Center in the Anne L Bernstein Theater, 210 West 50th Street (at Broadway). Doors will open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel will take place from Noon – 1:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is free, however reservations are a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. These questions will be asked live at the seminar.

About The Panelists:

ROBERT AHRENS is producing a new musical comedy called Disaster! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick that will open at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway in March 2016. The show will star Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, and Rachel York. Robert presented The Temptations and The Four Tops on Broadway in 2014, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway in 2012, and Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony on Broadway in 2011. All three concerts were critical and commercial successes, receiving strong reviews and selling at over 90%. Robert co-produced the Broadway revival of Evita, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Ricky Martin. The show was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, and five Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Robert executive produced the UK version of Finding Neverland for Harvey Weinstein at the Leicester Curve Theatre in 2012. The musical was directed by Rob Ashford with a book by Allan Knee, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. Robert developed the musical Xanadu with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and direction by Christopher Ashley. Robert lead-produced the show on Broadway where it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical. The show was also nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Robert also produced Xanadu on U.S. national tour, as a sit-down production in Chicago, and in Japan. He subsequently licensed first class productions in Germany, Brazil, South Korea, and Australia, and stock & amateur rights to Music Theatre International.Robert also produced the feature film, Book of Love, written and directed by Alan Brown. The film debuted in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Robert currently teaches a graduate level course on producing commercial theatre at the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. He began his career at the Chase Manhattan Bank and graduated from Cornell.

SHARON FALLON (Sharon Fallon Productions/Practical Producing) is an independent Theatre Producer, General Manager and Consultant. Her consulting practice, Practical Producing, specializes in bridging the gap between art and business. She works with early career and emerging producers to help them create productions that are both financially viable and artistically satisfying. She has worked in the theatre for over 20 years as an actress, director and producer both in the commercial and not for profit sector, and began her commercial producing career as the producing associate of Lewis Allen, (Associate Producer of the Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. Associate Producer/General Manager of the development productions of Tru, Mr. Goldwyn, Wildwood and Carnival Knowledge, among others).In addition to producing, Sharon was the Associate General Manager of both the Helen Hayes Theatre and Lyric Theatre in New York. An advocate for new work and development, Sharon began working with the New York Musical Theatre Festival during its inception years, where she produced a early version of NERDS (opening on Broadway in April). She joined the Board of Directors of the NYMF in 2005 and served as board Chair for 6 years. Sharon is also an active member of the Broadway League and is very involved with the League’s Mentoring Program. She is currently involved with Beautiful (Broadway, London & National Tour), Matilda The Musical and the Broadway bound Gotta Dance, and has a number of projects in development. She is also the Executive Producer of two new works that are in development, Pope! An Epic Musical and The Bench, a Journey into Love.

MARTIN PLATT has produced on London’s West End, Broadway, Off-Broadway; US and UK tours, as well as European Tours. His productions have won the Tony (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), the Obie (In The Continuum and The Oak Tree), Drama Desk, Drama League, and all other NY theatre awards. Several of his West End productions have been Olivier Award nominated. This season he was a lead producer on the Broadway production of Dames at Sea. As a GM (Perry Street Theatricals) he has worked off Broadway and is currently represented with BEDLAM’s Sense & Sensibility (Gym At Judson), Royal Family’s Rock And Roll Refugee and Date of A Lifetime (upcoming Off Broadway). Mr. Platt was also the founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and General Director of Birmingham Opera Theatre. As a director he has worked throughout the U.S., as well as in England, Austria, and Spain. More info at www.pstheatricals.com

TOM SMEDES’ producer credits include the Broadway productions of Kander and Ebb’s The Visit, Mothers and Sons, by Terrence McNally and starring Tyne Daly; Pippin (Tony Award); Peter and the Starcatcher – Broadway, Tour & Off-Broadway (Tony Nomination) and Next Fall (Tony Nomination) and [title of show]. In London, he produced The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) and Side By Side By Sondheim. Off-Broadway credits include The Judy Show, Naked Boys Singing!, Dog Sees God, The Women Of Lockerbie. Tom General Managed the Off-Broadway productions of SILENCE! The Musical, Desperate Writers, [title of show], Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway & Tour), Love Janis. UPCOMING BROADWAY: Bandstand. Please visit www.TomSmedes.com.

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Monty Python’s Spamalot, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The History Boys, Altar Boyz and Naked Boys Singing. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting promotion: “The Largest Coconut Orchestra Ever.” He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently performs as a cross dressing, crazed psychiatry patient in the Off Broadway production of Perfect Crime, and leads the National Broadway and Live Arts division for Groupon. He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

2016 OBA AWARDS – VIDEO

OBA President Peter Breger welcomes the audience to the 2016 OBA Awards:

Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of the Theatre Program at the Sundance Institute, accepts the Legend of Off Broadway Award on behalf of the late Robert Moss:

Press agent Merle Debuskey accepts the Legend of Off Broadway Award from presenter Philip Birsch, president and CEO of Playbill:

James Leynse and Sara Garoznick accept the award for Best Play for EXIT STRATEGY:

Roz Lichter accepts the Off Broadway Hall of Fame Award on behalf of her late wife Elizabeth Swados:

Todd Haimes and Alex Timbers accept the award for Best Musical Revival for THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM:

Julian Christenberry of TDF accepts the Friend of Off Broadway award:

Jesse Berger and Marc Vietor accept the award for Best Play Revival for Red Bull Theater’s THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL:

Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan and Nate Weida accept the award for Best Family Show for THE PIRATE LA DEE DA:

César Alvarez, Eric Farber and Sammy Tunis accept the award for Best Musical for FUTURITY:

Roberta, Katherine & Peter Wallach accept the Off Broadway Hall of Fame Award in honor of their late parents, Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach:

Amy Stiller and Ben Stiller accept the Off Broadway Hall of Fame Award in honor of their mother, the late Anne Meara:

Kate Hamill and Andrus Nichols of Bedlam Theatre Company accept the award for Unique Theatrical Experience for SENSE & SENSIBILITY:

Lois Smith accepts the Legend of Off Broadway Award from Peter Breger, President of the Off Broadway Alliance:

OBA President Peter Breger’s closing remarks:

2016 OBA Awards – Highlights

Check out the highlight reel from the 2016 OBA Awards!

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 10/23/2016 – “Casting for Off Broadway: From Development to Opening”

The Off Broadway Alliance presents a FREE panel discussion:

CASTING FOR OFF-BROADWAY: FROM DEVELOPMENT TO OPENING

To feature casting directors, directors, and producers from MATILDA, SOUTHERN COMFORT, SPAMILTON, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, GIGANTIC, NYMF, THE BODYGUARD, CHASING RAINBOS, RUTHLESS, SILENCE!, URINETOWN and VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Sunday, October 23rd at noon
The Anne L. Bernstein Theater in The Theater Center
210 West 50th Street

Admission is FREE

Pre-registration is MANDATORY

Complimentary bagels and coffee will be provided for all registered attendees.

To register, visit OffBroadwayCasting.eventbrite.com

The seminar will feature director Thomas Caruso (Southern Comfort at the Public, resident director at Matilda) and casting directors Michael Cassara (Spamilton, Gigantic, Forbidden Broadway, I Love Lucy Live on Stage), Paul Hardt (Red Bull Theater, The Bodyguard, Josephine, Chasing Rainbows), Cindi Rush (Promising, Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Silence!, Urinetown). Hugh Hysell, producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will moderate the discussion based on questions submitted by attendees.

The seminar will discuss the process of casting a show from the early development stages of reading and workshops up to production in the Off Broadway arena. “Casting for Off Broadway” will be held at The Anne L. Bernstein Theater, located on the 4th floor of the The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Doors will open at 11:30AM for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel will take place from noon to 1:30PM with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is free, but reservations are a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will also be asked live at the seminar. Register (first come, first served) at OffBroadwayCasting.eventbrite.com.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

THOMAS CARUSO Most recently, Thomas directed the musical Southern Comfort at The Public Theater (Lucille Lortel Award nomination & Outer Critics Circle nomination: Best New Musical 2016), Brave New World the musical by Bill Russell, John McDaniel, Ben Andron & Jonnie Rockwell at North Carolina Stage Company, and Dynamo: Seeing is Believing at the Hammersmith Apollo in the West end of London and its subsequent UK and Australian Tours. He won the Excellence in Directing award for his direction of the NYMF 2014 musical Academia Nuts (Best New Musical award at NYMF 2014). He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Broadway musical Matilda, and also directed the U.S. National Tour of Matilda in the spring of 2015. He also directed the U.S. National Tour of the Broadway musical Ghost. Off Broadway directing credits include: the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Zombie, The Eternal Anniversary, Mimi Le Duck, starring Eartha Kitt, The Middle East – In Pieces (Cherry Lane Theatre), Bingo, China Dolls, Two Boys…, Subtle Bodies, Mickey’s Home, and Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. www.ThomasCaruso.com

MICHAEL CASSARA is a casting director and educator in New York City, where he and his team have cast over 400 theatre and film projects since the formation of Michael Cassara Casting in 2003. Recent credits include SPAMILTON (dir. Gerard Alessandrini), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre, dir. Scott Schwartz), Forbidden Broaway (most recent two Off-Broadway editions and cast albums), I Love Lucy Live On Stage (2014-5 national tour), Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), Oliver! (National Asian Artists Project/NAAP – Artios Award for excellence in casting), A Little Night Music (starring Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby),  The Twelve (Denver Center/world premiere), The Molly Maguires (dir. Sheryl Kaller). Regional credits include frequent productions for top regional theatres including Gulfshore Playhouse, The Old Globe, Denver Center, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, American Theater Group, Olney Theatre Center, the Hangar Theatre and more. Michael has served as the resident casting director of the New York Musical Festival since 2007, where he has cast over 70 musicals since the festival’s inception in 2004. Additionally, in 2013 he began serving as the resident Casting Director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and casts their annual Festival of New Musicals each October. Film credits include Grantham & Rose, The Hyperglot (Artios Award nomination, dir. Michael Urie), Contest, Clear Blue Tuesday, and more. As an educator, he regularly teaches at many of the nations top universities and training programs, including Baldwin Wallace University, Elon University, Indiana University, NYU, Texas State, and many others. Michael is a native Clevelander and a BFA graduate of the musical theatre program at Otterbein College. An obsessive family historian, he is the only person ever to hold membership in both the Casting Society of America and the Association of Professional Genealogists. www.michaelcassara.net / @michaelcassara.

PAUL HARDT  is a Casting Director and partner with Stuart Howard at SH Entertainment. Paul has cast for Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional theatres across the country, including Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Asolo Rep, and DC’s Studio Theatre as well as serving as the casting director for Off Broadway’s Red Bull Theatre Company. Favorite Projects include West Side Story (Broadway, National and current International tour) as well as the upcoming new musicals Chasing Rainbows currently at Goodspeed Opera House and Josephine recently at Asolo Rep. Currently casting the national tour of The Bodyguard, Michael John LaChiusa’s revised Los Otros for Everyman Theatre in Baltimore and Coriolanus for Red Bull.

CINDI RUSH is a Casting Director and principal of Cindi Rush Casting. NY theater credits include: Promising, Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Under My SKin, Silence!, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Urinetown, The Thing About Men, Home Street Home. Cindi also casts for many regional theatres, including Triad Stage, Hudson Stage, Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co. Some of her notable film casting credits include:  The Grief of Others (SXSW/Cannes), Runoff (L.A. Film Fest), Policy of Truth (SOHO Film Fest), The Woman (Sundance), Funeral Kings (SXSW), Ghoul, Theresa is a A Mother, Jugface (Slamdance), In the Family (Independent Spirit). Cindi is a consultant for the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (1999-present).

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award winning Braodway producer, award winning marketer and performer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher, and Impressionism. Off Broadway Hugh created, produced and directed SEaMEN The Sailor Musical (cast by Paul Hardt) and The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest. Hugh has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The History Boys, Gazillion Bubble Show, Altar Boyz, Cirkopolis, Moscow Cat Circus, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis and others. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting “The Largest Coconut Orchestra in the World” promotion. In addition to current marketing clients, Hugh also performs Off Broadway as the cross -dressing loony psychiatric patient in the 30th Anniversary cast of Perfect Crime and will soon be seen on HBO’s Divorce  and TLC’s Suddenly Rich. He is a founding member of the The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. www.HughHysell.com / @hughhysell

OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS FOR 2013

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit Off Broadway productions that opened during the 2012-2013 season.

2013 Off Broadway Award Nominee List

(Winners in Bold)

Best New Musical

o   F#%king Up Everything

o   Here Lies Love

o   Murder Ballad

o   Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

o   The Other Josh Cohen

 

Best New Play

o   Cock

o   Disgraced

o   Finks

o   My Name is Asher Lev

o   Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

Best Musical Revival

o   Closer Than Ever

o   The Good Person of Szechwan

o   The Last Five Years

o   New Girl In Town

o   Passion

 

Best Play Revival

o   All in the Timing

o   Golden Child

o   The Piano Lesson

o   Talley’s Folly

o   Uncle Vanya

 

Best Unique Theatrical Experience

o   Buyer & Cellar

o   Ingenious Nature

o   Jukebox Jackie

o   Old Jews Telling Jokes

o   The Old Man and the Old Moon

 

Best Family Show

 

o   Bunnicula

o   Piggy Nation

o   Show Way

o   The Velveteen Rabbit

o   Wanda’s Monster

 

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees

Christopher Durang

A.R. Gurney

Kristine Nielsen

Daryl Roth

Stomp

Sigourney Weaver

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.  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 produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene.  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.

Last year’s Off Broadway Alliance winner for Best New Musical (SILENCE! The Musical) is still running strong Off Broadway, and the Best New Play winner (Tribes) transferred to L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum immediately following its extended run at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 18th at 4:30 PM at Sardi’s.

 


OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 3RD ANNUAL OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 3rd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2012-2013 season.

Awards will be presented in five competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Family Show, and Best Unique Theatrical Experience.  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 2013 Legend of Off Broadway recipients are Christopher Durang, A.R. Gurney, Kristine Nielsen, Daryl Roth, Stomp, and Sigourney Weaver.

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AND THE FANTASTICKS

SUNDAY, APRIL 7th, 2013 AT THE SNAPPLE THEATER CENTER

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold another in its series of seminars focused on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway next Sunday, April 7th.

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FREE PANEL DISCUSSION TO FEATURE PRODUCERS AND GENERAL MANAGERS FROM SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, COUGAR THE MUSICAL AND MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 AT THE SNAPPLE THEATER CENTER 

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold another in its series of seminars focused on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway this Sunday, February 3rd.

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Great Deal on Off Broadway Tickets

January 22 to February 10, 2013
Buy tix to any of 40 Off Broadway shows
$20 Tickets 20 minutes before curtain

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Seminar Was Held Sunday, Sept 9th, 2012

On September 9th, 2012 there was a

FREE PANEL ON CASTING OFF BROADWAY

“Casting Off Broadway: A How to Guide” was the next installment in the OBA free Sunday Seminar Series. This one featured a panel discussion with Producers, Directors, and Casting Directors from Silence! The Musical, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Southern Comfort, and more.

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2ND ANNUAL OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS CEREMONY JUNE 19 AT SARDI’S

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, presented its 2nd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards Ceremony June 19 at Sardi’s.

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