OBA Awards 2019 – Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 9th 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 18.

Without further ado, the winners!

Best New Musical
Renascence

Best New Play
What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Musical Revival
Fiddler on the Roof

Best Play Revival
Uncle Vanya

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Nassim

Best Solo Performance
Maddie Corman, Accidentally Brave

Best Family Show
Pip’s Island 

As previously announced, this year’s Legend of Off Broadway Honorees are Rita Gardner, Albert Poland, and Avenue QAlvin Epstein, María Irene Fornés, and Ntozake Shange will be posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame. The Friend of Off Broadway Award will be presented to Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo for his award-winning graphic designs and continued dedication to Off Broadway.

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

2019 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations

We’re pleased to announce the nominees for the 9th 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 Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show.

In addition to the competitive awards, three Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2019 honorees are general manager and producer Albert Poland, veteran actress Rita Gardner, and the long-running musical Avenue Q.

Legendary playwrights Ntozake Shange and María Irene Fornés and award-winning actor Alvin Epstein will be posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.

Graphic designer Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo will be honored with the Friend of Off Broadway Award.

Competitive category winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 22nd, and the awards ceremony will take place at Sardi’s on Tuesday, June 18th at 4PM. A complete list of competitive nominees follows. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees!

Best New Musical
Be More Chill
Girl from the North Country
The Hello Girls
Midnight at the Never Get
Renascence

Best New Play
Do You Feel Anger?
Teenage Dick
The Cake
What the Constitution Means to Me
White Noise

Best Musical Revival
Carmen Jones
Fiddler on the Roof
Merrily We Roll Along
Oklahoma!
The Other Josh Cohen

Best Play Revival
Conflict
Days to Come
Our Lady of 121st Street
Summer and Smoke
Uncle Vanya

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Nassim
Freestyle Love Supreme
Jomama Jones: Black Light
Permission to Speak
Playing Hot

Best Solo Performance
Accidentally Brave
Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State
My Life on a Diet
On Beckett
Sakina’s Restaurant

Best Family Show
Not My Monster!  (The Flea Theater)
Pip’s Island (CEO Rami Ajami, Chief Creative Officer Rania Ajami, and
Creative Director Walter Krudop)
The Emperor’s New Clothes (New York City Children’s Theater
The Emperor’s Nightingale (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre)
This is Sadie (New York City Children’s Theater)

Saturday Seminar 5/4/19

The Off Broadway Alliance presents

Puttin’ on the Hits: Selling Your Off Broadway Show

A Panel Discussion Seminar

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 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:  puttinonthehitsoffbroadwayseminar.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 4th, 2018.

The seminar, titled “Puttin’ on the Hits: Selling Your Off Broadway Show” will feature top theatre professionals discussing how to devise strategic marketing campaigns for commercial Off Broadway productions through effective use of grassroots marketing, press opportunities, paid advertising and social media. Our panelists will include Elizabeth Findlay, Vice President of Media and Client Services at AKA NYC; Hugh Hysell, head of the full-service theatrical marketing firm Hysell Marketing; and Ron Lasko, founder of Spin Cycle, an innovative cultural communications company. Producer Robert Driemeyer (La Cage aux Folles, Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play) will moderate.

“Puttin’ on the Hits” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Check-in will begin 10:30am for networking and 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. Reserve now at: puttinonthehitsoffbroadwayseminar.eventbrite.com.

SATURDAY SEMINAR 3/9/19

The Off Broadway Alliance presents

Putting It Together
From Option to Offering to Opening
A Panel Discussion Seminar

Saturday, March 9th at 11am
The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street
Admission is $5
Pre-Registration is mandatory
Complimentary bagels and coffee for all registered attendees

REGISTER HERE:  https://puttingittogetheroffbroadway.eventbrite.com

We are very pleased to announce that the Off Broadway Alliance will hold its next Saturday Seminar on Saturday, March 9th!

The seminar, titled “Putting It Together: From Option to Offering to Opening” will feature top theatre professionals discussing the necessary steps for building the foundation of a commercial Off Broadway production, including; obtaining rights, forming a company, and financing a production. Panelists will include producer David Carpenter of Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic), general manager Laura Janik Cronin of Brierpatch Productions (The Other Josh Cohen, Cagney), and attorney M. Kilburg Reedy (Daniel’s Husband, Party Face, Clever Little Lies). Producer Robert Driemeyer (La Cage aux Folles, Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play) will moderate.

“Putting It Together” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Check-in will begin 10:30am for networking and 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.

Click here: to register: https://puttingittogetheroffbroadway.eventbrite.com

SATURDAY SEMINAR 1/26/19

The Off Broadway Alliance presents

MY FIRST TIME
Producing Off Broadway for the First Time

A Panel Discussion Seminar
Saturday, January 26th at 11AM
The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street
Admission is $5
Pre-registration is mandatory
Complimentary bagels and coffee for all registered attendees

REGISTER HERE: obamyfirsttimeseminar.eventbrite.com

 

The Off Broadway Alliance will hold its next Saturday Seminar on Saturday, January 26th 2019.

The seminar, titled “My First Time,” will feature commercial theatre producers discussing their first time at the helm of an Off Broadway production. Panelists will include Randy Donaldson, whose Broadway and Off Broadway credits include American Son, The Scottsboro Boys and Triassic Parq; Suzanne Gilad, co-founder of In Fine Company whose credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of Angels in America and Off Broadway’s The Other Josh Cohen; Zachary Laks, co-founder of Form Theatricals and producer of Drew Droege’s Bright Colors and Bold Patterns (directed by Michael Urie); and Meredith Lucio, whose credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of Porgy and Bess, and Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan. Producer Robert Driemeyer (La Cage aux Folles, Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play) will moderate.

“My First Time” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Check-in will begin 10:30am for networking and 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 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.

Click here to register: obamyfirsttimeseminar.eventbrite.com

20at20 Returns September 4 – September 23

20at20, the Off Broadway Alliance’s hugely popular semi-annual ticket promotion, is up and running! Now through September 23, $20 tickets to a wide variety of Off Broadway shows will be available 20 minutes before curtain. Head over to 20at20.com for more information and to sign up for day-by-day breakdowns of what’s playing!

 

2018 OBA AWARDS – VIDEO

Video from the 2018 OBA Awards is now available! Check out some highlights from the event below:

For more video – including acceptance speeches from winners and honorees! – please click here.

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

OBA Awards – Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards!

The OBA Awards are presented in six 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 19.

Without further ado, the winners!

Best New Musical
Desperate Measures

Best New Play
Transfers

Best Revival
The Government Inspector

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
KPOP

Best Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke

Best Family Show
Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic for Kids)

As previously announced, this year’s Legend of Off Broadway Honorees are Jo Bonney, André de Shields, David Rabe, and Mary Testa. Donald Farber – the theater attorney who quite literally wrote the book on Off Broadway – and the great playwright and actor Sam Shepard will be posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame. Carol Rosegg, who has photographed hundreds of Broadway and Off Broadway productions, will be honored with the 2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award.

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

New Saturday Seminar Podcast – Is There Life After After Off Broadway?

Missed our last Saturday Seminar? Never fear! Audio from the event is now available on our Podcasts page. The seminar – titled “Is There Life After Off-Broadway?” – featured experts on touring, licensing, and streaming discussing the options for a show after it has ended a successful Off Broadway run. Our panelists included Victoria Lang, a founder and managing member of Off Broadway Touring, a boutique agency dedicated to the promotion, booking, and management of Off Broadway-sized productions; Bruce Lazarus, executive director of Samuel French Inc., the world’s oldest and largest publisher and licensor of plays and musicals; and writer-director Dewey Moss, who discussed his experience with live-streaming a performance of his play The Crusade of Connor Stephens. The discussion was moderated by our own Hugh Hysell.

Head over to our Podcasts page to check it out!

 

2018 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations

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

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.

2018 OBA Awards

Please click here for video from the 2018 OBA Awards! 

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

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Jo Bonney
André de Shields
David Rabe

Hall of Fame Award
Donald Farber
Sam Shepard

Friend of Off Broadway
Carol Rosegg

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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