The award nominations are rolling in this spring, the latest coming from the Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals. The nominees for the 4th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards honor commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2013-2014 season.
Awards will be presented in five competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, 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, four Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards are being presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2014 Legend of Off Broadway recipients are Edmund Gaynes, Andre Gregory, Terrence McNally, and Wallace Shawn. Three 2014 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Awards will be presented posthumously to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ruth Maleczech and Nicholas Martin.
Winners will be announced on May 27th. A complete list of nominees follows.
Best New Musical
Heathers: The Musical
Murder for Two
What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined
Best New Play
Breakfast With Mugabe
Hand to God
The Heir Apparent
I Remember Mama
Measure for Measure
The Model Apartment
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Eager to Lose
Queen of the Night
Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat
Best Family Show
Dear Albert Einstein (Making Books Sing)
The Civil War (Theatreworks USA)
Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (Atlantic Theater Company)
The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told! (Off Sides Entertainment)
The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (La MaMa in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company)
Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Hall of Fame Awards
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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. The Alliance operates the OBA Mentorship Program, which provides new producers with guidance and direction from Off Broadway veterans. And the Alliance created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which outlines Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.
Learn more at www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com.