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!

October 2016

MONTHLY MEETING – TUESDAY 10/18/2016

Please note that to accommodate Yom Kippur, our monthly meeting will be held on the third Tuesday of the month, not the second. That’s October 18th, not October 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!

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 10/23/2016
CASTING FOR OFF BROADWAY: FROM DEVELOPMENT TO OPENING

We are pleased to announce our next FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR (with free bagels!):

CASTING FOR OFF BROADWAY: FROM DEVELOPMENT TO OPENING
Sunday, October 23rd at noon
The Anne L. Bernstein Theater in The Theater Center
210 West 50th Street

Please note that while admission is FREE, pre-registration is mandatory. To register, go to OffBroadwayCasting.eventbrite.com.

The seminar will discuss the process of casting a show from the early development stage of workshops and readings up to production in the Off Broadway arena. It will feature director Thomas Caruso (Southern Comfort at the Public, Associate Director of Matilda and director of the National Tour) 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.

For more information about the event and our panelists, click here.

VIDEO FROM THE 2016 OBA AWARDS

For those of you who weren’t able to join us at the 2016 OBA Awards this past June, we’ve got plenty of video from the event. Check it out here!

September 2016

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The Off Broadway Alliance has announced that its hugely popular semi-annual ticket promotion 20at20, will return from September 5th to September 25th, 2016. 20at20 makes $20 tickets to participating Off Broadway shows available 20 minutes before curtain.

Now in its 10th year, 20at20 has become one of New York’s most eagerly anticipated promotions for people who want to see exciting shows at steeply discounted prices, making live, up-close-and-personal, up-to-the-minute, and classical theater accessible to everyone for about the price of a pizza.

Peter Breger, President of the Off Broadway Alliance, said: “The great thing about being in New York is that the magical experience of great live theatre is always available – and the great thing about 20at20 is that it makes that experience available to everyone. Why not go see a show – or two or three or four – when you can pick up a ticket for just 20 bucks?” Check out the exciting new Off Broadway shows at www.20at20.com.

During 20at20, you can see six or seven of these shows for less than the price of one Broadway ticket

Just show up twenty minutes before curtain to purchase $20 tickets at the box office for participating productions. Here’s your chance to catch up with shows you may have missed, get a sneak peek at the newst hits, or revisit a favorite show – all for just 20 bucks.

Whether you’re a parent looking to introduce your kids to the magic of theatre, or someone who wants to be the first to see what’s new – 20at20 makes it easy. And for that show you’ve been meaning to see – 20at20 is your chance to see it without breaking the bank. For $20 you can take a chance on a new title and be the first of your friends to see the next Hand to God or Hamilton (both of which began Off Broadway) in great seats and intimate settings. Parents who want to watch their little ones’ faces light up can choose between a number of charming and age-appropriate shows – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, STOMP, and Gazillion Bubble Show. For $20 a ticket, you can even invite their friends.

20at20 gives you a chance to see a show, have a few drinks, and go home with change from a $50 bill at shows like That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody, Drunk Shakespeare, Shear Madness, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, One Funny Mother, and more!

You can also check out some of the exciting new dramas like Small Mouth Sounds, A Day By The Sea, and The Trial of an American President, or some long-running favorites you might have missed, like The Perfect Crime, Sistas, and Black Angels Over Tuskegee.

There are exciting new musicals like How To Be An American and Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical, plus the popular perennials The Fantasticks, NEWSical the Musical, and Avenue Q.

And you won’t want to miss one of the premier close-up magicians of the world, Helder Guimaraes, in Verso! And the global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about: White Rabbit Red Rebbit, starring a different celebrity at each performance.

20at20 is presented by The Off Broadway Alliance (OBA), 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 a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business, and history of Off Broadway and featuring major plays from the Off Broadway scene. The OBA also created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which details Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.

For more info on 20at20, go to www.20at20.com or address any question via email to hello@20at20.com.

Off Broadway Shows Participating in 20at20:

A Day By the Sea
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
minttheater.org

Avenue Q
New World Stages
avenueq.com

Black Angels Over Tuskegee
St. Luke’s Theatre
blackangelsovertuskegee.com

Brian Dennehy on Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and Samuel Beckett
Loreto Theater
sheencenter.org

Drunk Shakespeare
The Lounge at Roy Arias Stages
drunkshakespeare.com

Frankenstein the Musical
The Players Theatre
monsteroffbroadway.com

Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages
gazillionbubbleshow.com

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO
59E59 Theaters
59e59.org

How To Be An American
York Theatre Company
yorktheatre.org

Kate Baldwin 7 Friends: The Music of Georgia Stitt
Loreto Theater
sheencenter.org

Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical
New Ohio Theatre
missedconnectionsmusical.com

My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis
Anne L. Bernstein Theater at Theater Center
biggayitalianmidlifecrisis.com

Naked Boys Singing
The Kirk at Theatre Row
nakedboyssinging.com

NEWSical the Musical
The Kirk at Theatre Row
newsicalthemusical.com

One Funny Mother
New World Stages
onefunnymother.com

Perfect Crime
Anne L. Bernstein Theater at Theater Center
perfect-crime.com

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
777 Theatre
sextipsplay.com

Shear Madness
Davenport Theatre
nyc.shearmadness.com

Sistas the Musical
St. Luke’s Theatre
sistasthemusical.com

Small Mouth Sounds
Pershing Square Signature Center
smallmouthsounds.com

STOMP
Orpheum Theatre
stomponline.com

That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody
DR2 Theatre
thatgoldengirlsshow.com

The Fantasticks
The Theater Center
fantasticksonbroadway.com

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
St. Luke’s Theatre
narniaoffbroadway.com

The Marvelous Wonderettes
The Kirk at Theatre Row
themarvelouswonderettes.com

The Roads to Home
Primary Stages at Cherry Lane Theatre
primarystages.org

The Trial of an American President
The Lion at Theatre Row
bushontrialplay.com

VERSO
New World Stages
versoshow.com

White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Westside Theatre
whiterabbitredrabbit.com

20at20 Terms and Conditions: All tickets subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Offer valid at the box office on the day of the performance twenty minutes prior to curtain. Offer may be revoked at any time. Not valid on prior sale. Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid September 5th to September 25th, 2016.

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.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 10/4/2015 – “GETTING BUTTS IN SEATS”

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion.  Spots are filling up fast!  Sign up now.

The seminar, titled “Getting Butts in Seats”  will feature AMANDA BOHAN from Amanda Bohan Marketing (Drop Dead Perfect, Would You Still Love Me If…, Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes, The Imbible), DAN DEMELLO from DDPR (The Fantasticks, Perfect Crime, SCRUFF), LEANNE SCHANZER from Leanne Schanzer Promotions (Queen of the Night, Stomp, Fuerza Bruta, 39 Steps, Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, Producers, Hairspray), SUSAN L SCHULMAN from Schulman Publicity (Dancin’, Applause, Scapino, State Fair) and JOE TRENTACOSTA from JT PR (A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Gazillion Bubble Show, Clinton the Musical, A Queen for a Day). HUGH HYSELL (National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher) will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, 10/4/15

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee & bagels)

LOCATION: Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 4th Floor

HOW IT WORKS:  The seminar will discuss the process of marketing and promoting shows using methods that don’t increase advertising expenses – methods that are essential Off Broadway, where advertising budgets are relatively small. Attendees will learn from industry insiders about how to use those methods – and how to plan marketing and promotion timelines to make a show a success.  In addition, questions from the audience will be asked live at the seminar (as time permits).

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW!  http://gettingbuttsinseatsseminar.eventbrite.com

 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

AMANDA BOHAN (Amanda Bohan Marketing) is the owner & president of Amanda Bohan Marketing (ABM), a boutique full-service marketing and advertising company specializing in theatrical productions and arts & culture, with expertise in marketing& promotions, traditional & online advertising, and creative services. Some current/recent clients include: Hell’s BellesDrop Dead Perfect, Would You Still Love Me If…, In Bed With Roy Cohn, Boogie Stomp, Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes, The ImbibleA Queen for a DayFor The Last Time: A New Jazz MusicalApplication Pending, Tectonic Theater Project, Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, Urban Stages, All For One Theater, New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Amanda got her start in digital marketing for the arts at Situation Interactive, and was previously Vice President of Marketing at Davenport Theatrical. In addition to her theatrical experience, she has also worked on the digital and social media strategy for IKEA, Citibank, Campbell’s Soup Company, Pepperidge Farm, Colgate, Chevron, and Yum! Brands. www.AmandaBohan.com

DAN DEMELLO (DDPR) is a publicist specializing in entertainment and technology. He has coordinated press campaigns in the United States, Canada, Germany and the U.K. In the past 13 years he’s publicized hundreds of Off Broadway productions and countless galas and major events. DDPR clients include Pan Asian Repertory Theater, Working Theater, NY Deaf Theatre, Psycho Clan, InViolet Theater Company, The Snapple Theater Center, NYC’s Most Horrifying Haunted Attraction: “Nightmare”, Full Bunny Contact Extreme Egg Hunt (which he also produces), as well as two of the longest running shows in NYC history – The Fantasticks and Perfect Crime. In addition to his work in entertainment he serves as public relations director for one of the largest gay dating applications in the world, SCRUFF.  www.facebook.com/DWDPR

LEANNE SCHANZER (Leanne Schanzer Promotions) a pioneer in the field of theatrical marketing, is founder of Leanne Schanzer Promotions, Inc. LSP is a full-service boutique marketing agency creating innovative strategic campaigns for 35+ years focusing on media placement (on full/partial trade), partnerships, promotions, viral outreaches, events & appearances.  LSP’s services continue to set the standard for marketing excellence and has delivered heightened brand awareness and effective sales driven campaigns for over 450 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, theater companies and entertainment venues including Queen of the Night, Stomp, Fuerza Bruta, 39 Steps, Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, Producers, Hairspray, NYC Opera, MTC, Roundabout, Second Stage, Classic Stage Company, NJPAC & more.   www.LeanneSchanzerPromotions.com

SUSAN L SCHULMAN (Schulman Publicity) has been a theatrical press agent for over 40 years handling Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals, dance, cabaret, books, special events and individual personalities.  The native New Yorker, Susan is a graduate of NYU with a Masters’ degree in Theatre from Columbia University. Susan’s many Broadway productions include Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, State Fair, Lauren Bacall in Applause, George C. Scott in Sly Fox and Death of a Salesman, Jim Dale in Scapino, Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named Desire, Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Dream, plus such not-for-profit institutions as The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Feld Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, The Circle in the Square and the Manhattan Theatre Club.  She has headed Public Relations Departments at CBS Entertainment, USA Network and the Arts & Entertainment Network and served as a Theatre panelist for NYSCA for several years.  Her memoir, BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY, is one of Amazon’s 100 Best Selling books on theater.   www.schulmanpublicity.com

JOE TRENTACOSA (JT Public Relations) is the founder and president of JT Public Relations, a full service entertainment public relations firm. For over 15 years he has handled projects on Broadway, Off-Broadway, festival productions, industry readings, films in release, film festivals, non-profit organizations, and special events. Selected projects include the multiracial Broadway productions of A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway projects include the long running hit The Gazillion Bubble Show and the recent run of Clinton the Musical and A Queen for a Day, the upcoming film Lost Cat Corona starring Ralph Macchio. Over the years he has worked with names such as Tony Randall, James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard, Blair Underwood, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, John Travolta, Al Pacino, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman and many more. www.jt-pr.net

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 (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. 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. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral (just celebrated his 19th month in both shows) 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.

 

Apply now for the for OBA Mentorship Program!

The Off Broadway Alliance mentorship program will be returning this fall for it’s third season!

The mentorship program pairs theatrical Off-Broadway professionals with new producers.  This program was created for those seeking guidance and advice on a specific artistic/theatrical project.  It is mandatory for the mentee to be working on a project during their mentorship.  All pairings are handled through an application and interview process in order to match professionals with mentees in their specific theatrical field.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Online
Fill out the online application form here

2. Email 
Download the application here and submitting it via email to obamentorship@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY
– Must be an Associate or Full OBA member. (to become a member click here)
– Must be working on a specific theatrical project to be considered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
September 1, 2015

And the Winners of the 2015 OBA Awards are…

Best New Play
*Between Riverside & Crazy
Dry Land
Father Comes From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
The NetherPunk Rock

Best New Musical
Brooklynite
Clinton The Musical
Disenchanted!
*Hamilton
Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical

Best Play Revival
*Abundance
Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest
Fashions for MenTamburlaine the Great
A Walk in the Woods

Best Musical Revival
Allegro
*Into the Woods
John & Jen
Pageant

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Drunk Shakespeare
Ghost Quartet
The Pigeoning
*Scenes From a Marriage
Tail! Spin!

Best Solo Performance
Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing
Dael Orlandersmith, Forever
Anne Hathaway, Grounded
*Jim Dale, Just Jim Dale
Sylvia Milo, The Other Mozart

Best Family Show
*A Band of Angels
Camp Kappawanna
The Lightning Thief
The Little Prince
Swamp Juice

Legend of off-Broadway Honorees
Robert Kalfin
Linda Lavin
Austin Pendleton

Hall of Fame Awards
Arthur Gelb
Judith Malina
Marian Seldes

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 5TH ANNUAL OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

NOMINEES AND HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENTS

2015 OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

 

Best New Play

Between Riverside & Crazy

Dry Land

Father Comes From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)

The Nether

Punk Rock 

 

Best New Musical

Brooklynite

Clinton The Musical

Disenchanted!

Hamilton

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical

 

Best Play Revival

Abundance

Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest 

Fashions for Men

Tamburlaine the Great

A Walk in the Woods

 

Best Musical Revival

Allegro

Into the Woods

John & Jen

Pageant

 

Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Drunk Shakespeare

Ghost Quartet

The Pigeoning

Scenes From a Marriage

Tail! Spin!

 

Best Solo Performance

Every Brilliant Thing

Forever

Grounded

Just Jim Dale

The Other Mozart

 

Best Family Show

A Band of Angels

Camp Kappawanna

The Lightning Thief

The Little Prince

Swamp Juice

 

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees

Robert Kalfin

Linda Lavin

Austin Pendleton

 

Hall of Fame Awards

Arthur Gelb

Judith Malina

Marian Seldes

 

Some past winners of the top awards bestowed by The Off Broadway Alliance include Fun Home, Hand to God, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Freud’s Last Session, Buyer & Cellar, and SILENCE! The Musical.

* Winners will be announced on May 19th.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 4/26/2015 – “Building the Off Broadway Team”

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway Producers.  Spots are filling up fast!  Sign up now.

The seminar, titled “Building the Off Broadway Team”  will feature JIM BRADY from Maximum Entertainment (50 Shades The Musical Parody, Found The Musical, The Lion), DANIEL KUNEY from Roy Gabay Theatrical Productions (39 Steps, Rock of Ages, Altar Boyz), ROBERT LEVINSTEIN from 22Q Entertainment (My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral, 2015 national tour of Always Patsy Cline), MARTIN PLATT from Perry Street Theatrical (My Life as a Musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan). HUGH HYSELL (National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher) will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, April 26, 2015

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee & bagels)

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3rd Floor

HOW IT WORKS:  The seminar will discuss the process of building the various teams (ranging from creative, design, marketing/advertising management and production teams) necessary to create a successful Off Broadway show. Attendees will learn from industry insiders about how those teams are created as well as timelines for success.  In addition, questions from the audience will be asked live at the seminar (as time permits).

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW!  http://buildingtheoffbroadwayteam.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

JIM BRADY joined Maximum Entertainment Productions in 2014, a producing, developing and management company founded in 2005 by Eva Price, Avram Freedberg and Mary Beth Dale. General Management credits on Broadway, Off Broadway, and On Tour include: 50 Shades, The Musical Parody (NY & Tour); The Lion; Ivy + Bean The Musical; Found The Musical; Blank! The Musical. More info at www.maximumcompany.com

DANIEL KUNEY is a General Manager with Roy Gabay Theatrical Productions & Management. Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fela!, Reasons to be Pretty, The 39 Steps, The Homecoming, Talk Radio. Off-Broadway: Heathers, Altar Boyz, Dog Sees God, My Name is Rachel Corrie, In Masks Outrageous. More info at www.roygabayproductions.com

ROBERT LEVINSTEIN  Co-Founder/Executive Producer of 22Q Entertainment LLC, a NYC based production company specializing in site-specific theatre as well as producing corporate events, general management, and casting.  Robert is General Manager of the Off-Broadway hits My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral.  Later this Fall 22Q Entertainment is producing a mini tour of the hit Off-Broadway production of ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE.  Robert and 22Q Entertainment were nominated for a 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for their Producing work on Tainted Dreams, a new online soap opera.  Under his leadership, 22Q was also lead producer of the critically acclaimed NYC premieres of The Spoon River Project in the historic Green-wood Cemetery and It is Done produced in a working bar.  An award winning Los Angeles production of It Is Done was also produced by 22Q Entertainment. Robert is Associate Producer for Shakespeare on the Sound, a non-profit organization providing free Shakespeare in the Park to the Darien/Rowayton area of Connecticut.  Robert spent 10 years of his career splitting his time between NYC and the Historic Ogunquit Playhouse, starting out as Production Stage Manager and then taking over the role of Associate Producer. More info at  www.22qentertainment.com

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. As a GM (Perry Street Theatricals) he has worked off Broadway as well as having several pre-Broadway projects coming up. 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

HUGH HYSELL (Moderator)
Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. 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. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral(just celebrated his one year anniversary in both shows). 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.

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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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FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR: ABCs OF PRODUCING OFF BROADWAY

FREE PANEL DISCUSSION TO FEATURE PRODUCER, GENERAL MANAGER, AND LEGAL COUNSEL FROM F#%KING UP EVERYTHING, THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY, TRIASSIC PARQ, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
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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SEMINAR: PRODUCING ALTERNATIVES TO THE 8-PERFORMANCE WEEK

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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