The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2011-2012 season.

Awards will be presented in six competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Special Event and Best Family Show.  Winners in all categories will be selected by secret ballot by members of the awards committee of the Off Broadway Alliance.

In addition to the competitive awards, five Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards are being presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway.  The 2012 Legend of Off Broadway recipients are Edward Albee, Gerard Alessandrini, Kathleen Chalfant, Catherine Russell and Mary Louise Wilson.

Two 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Awards are being presented posthumously to Howard Kissel and Theodore Mann.

Winners will be announced on May 22.  A complete list of nominees follows.


Nominees and Honorary Award Recipients

2012 Off Broadway Alliance Awards

Best New Musical

  • The Blue Flower
  • Once
  • Queen of the Mist
  • SILENCE! The Musical
  • Sistas: The Musical

Best New Play

  • 4000 Miles
  • Milk Like Sugar
  • Sons of the Prophet
  • Tribes
  • Unnatural Acts

Best Musical Revival

  • Carrie
  • Ionescopade
  • Rent

Best Play Revival

  • Beyond the Horizon
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • Cymbeline
  • The Lady From Dubuque
  • A Moon for the Misbegotten

Best Special Event

  • The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
  • An Iliad
  • The Patsy
  • Traces
  • Voca People

Best Family Show

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things
  • The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Ohmies
  • Stinkykids, The Musical

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees

Edward Albee
Gerard Alessandrini
Kathleen Chalfant
Catherine Russell
Mary Louise Wilson

Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Honorees

Howard Kissel
Theodore Mann

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.  The Alliance holds monthly meetings and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community.

Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance founded and sponsors 20at20, the biannual event that 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.

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