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2018 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations

Friday, April 27th, 2018

We’re pleased to announce the nominees for the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards! Awards are presented in six competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show.

In addition to the competitive awards, four Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2018 honorees are director Jo Bonney, actor André de Shields, playwright David Rabe, and actor Mary Testa.

Theatrical attorney Donald Farber and actor-playwright Sam Shepard will be posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.

Photographer Carol Rosegg will be honored with the 2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award.

Competitive category winners will be announced May 16, followed by a June 19 ceremony at Sardi’s. A complete list of competitive nominees follows. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees!

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

Best New Musical
Bastard Jones
Desperate Measures
Goldstein
Pharma Bro: An American Douchical
Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie

Best New Play
Dutch Masters
Mary Jane
School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
The Amateurs
Transfers

Best Revival
Artificial Jungle
At Home at the Zoo
Hindle Wakes
The Government Inspector
Torch Song

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Babette’s Feast
Ghost Light
KPOP
Pride and Prejudice
Randy Writes a Novel

Best Solo Performance
Drew Doege, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke
Derek DelGaudio, In & Of Itself
Alison Fraser, Squeamish
Lesli Margherita, Who’s Holiday!

Best Family Show
Addy & Uno
Pete the Cat
Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical
The Snowy Day and Other Stories
The Stowaway

OBA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Please note that the application deadline for the Mentorship Program has been extended to April 10, 2018.

Do you have a theatrical project but feel you need advice, support or even a push to get it started, developed or produced? The OBA Mentorship program can provide you with a mentor who is an Off-Broadway theater professional – a general manager, theater owner, producer, publicist or marketing expert to help you with guidance, ideas, a sounding board or a plan to get your show in front of an audience.

The OBA Mentorship Program accepting applications now! For more information and application instructions, click here.

 

2017 OBA Awards – Video

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Video from the 2017 OBA Awards is now available! Check out some highlights from the event below:

For more videos from the event – including acceptance speeches from winners and honorees! – click here.

All videos courtesy of Jeremy Handelman of Off The Leash Productions.

 

2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards – Winners Announced!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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”

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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

2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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

 

3/14/17 OBA Meeting Rescheduled

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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!

 

 

DECEMBER 2016

Thursday, November 17th, 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

Wednesday, October 26th, 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!

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

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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