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Julie Halston and Charles Busch to Announce Winners for the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards


Julie Halston and Charles Busch to Announce Winners for the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards Charles Busch and Julie Halston will announce the winners of the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 am. The winners will be announced via streaming on Facebook and YouTube.

Ms. Halston (Broadway's Tootsie, You Can't Take it with You, The Divine Sister) and Mr. Bush (The Confession of Lily Dare, The Divine Sister, Tony-Award Nominee for Broadway's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) were the recipients of the very first Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards.

This year awards will be 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. The awards ceremony will take place this Fall (date and location TBD).

In addition to the competitive awards, the Off Broadway Alliance has named Gretchen Cryer, Woodie King, Jr., Eric Krebs and Barbara Zinn Krieger as Legends of Off Broadway for their extraordinary contributions to the theater over many years. Mark Blum, Wynn Handman and Julia Miles have been inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame posthumously in recognition of their long and influential careers, and The Drama Bookshop has been named this year's Friend of Off Broadway for its continued dedication to and support of the Off Broadway community.

2019-20 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominations are:

Best New Play

Ain't No Mo'

By Jordan E. Cooper

Produced by The Public Theater

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

By Stephen Adly Guirgus

Co-production between Atlantic Theater Company and LAByrinth Theater Company

Life Sucks

By Aaron Posner

Produced by Wheelhouse Theater

Make Believe

By Bess Wohl

Produced by Second Stage Theater

The Confession of Lily Dare

By Charles Busch

Produced by Primary Stages in Association with Jamie deRoy and Ted Snowden

Best Play Revival

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf

By Ntozake Shange

Produced by The Public Theater

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Produced by The Public Theater

The Woman in Black

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt

From the novel by Susan Hill

Presented by the McKittrick Hotel

Timon of Athens

By William Shakespeare

Produced by Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theater Company

Best New Musical

A Strange Loop

Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael R Jackson

Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73

Cambodian Rock Band

By Lauren Yee

Songs by Dengue Fever

Produced by Signature Theatre Company


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein

Produced by Arborhouse Productions and Visceral Entertainment

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn

Book & Lyrics by Mark Saltzman

Produced by Amas Musical Theatre and Eric Krebs

Sing Street

Book by Enda Walsh, Music & Lyrics by John Carney and Gary Clark

Produced by New York Theatre Workshop

The Secret Life of Bees

Book by Lynn Nottage

Music by Duncan Sheik

Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Produced by the Atlantic Theater Company

Best Musical Revival


Book by Sybille Pearson, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr

Produced by Out of the Box Theatrics

Enter Laughing

Book by Joseph Stein, Music & Lyrics by Stan Daniels

Produced by The York Theater Company

Little Shop of Horrors

Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken

Produced by Robert Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Mickey Liddell, Curt Cronin, John Joseph, and Tom Kirdahy

Rock of Ages

Book by Chris D'Arienzo

Produced by S2BN Entertainment

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Music and lyrics by Meredith Willson; Book and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, based on the original book by Richard Morris; Music adaptation by Michael Rafter

Produced by Transport Group

Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Dana H.

By Lucas Hnath

Produced by Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Center Theatre Group

Midsummer: A Banquet

By William Shakespeare. Adapted by Zach Morris and Victoria Rae Sook

Produced by Food of Love Productions and Third Rail Projects

Novenas for a Lost Hospital

By Cusi Cram

Produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo

Created and Performed by Katsura Sunshine

Produced by Joe Trentacosta, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Yumi Shinozaki, and Marie Fukuda

Best Solo Performance

Kathleen Chalfant in A Woman of the World

By Rebecca Gilman

Produced by The Acting Company and 59E59 Theaters

Keith Hamilton Cobb in American Moor

By Keith Hamilton Cobb

Produced by Evangeline Morphos, Frederick M Zollo, Red Bull Theater, Elizabeth I McCann, and Tom Shea

Harvey Fierstein in Bella Bella

By Harvey Fierstein

Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club

Ken Jennings in Gospel of John

Conceived by Ken Jennings

Produced by The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Bill Posley in The Day I Became Black

Created and written by Bill Posley

Produced by Kristen Boulé

Aedín Moloney in Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom

Adaptation by Aedín Moloney and Colum McCann

Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre

Best Family Show

Dog Man: The Musical

Music by Brad Alexander

Books and Lyrics by Kevin DelAguila

Based on the series by Dav Pilkey

Produced by TheatreWorks USA

Paddington Gets in a Jam

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller

Written by Doug Kmiotek

Based on the series by Michael Bond

Produced by Rockefeller Productions

She Persisted, The Musical

Script & Lyrics by Adam Tobin

Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Adapted from the Book by Chelsea Clinton

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Taste the Clouds

Created by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Based on the book "Taste the Clouds" by Rita Marshall

Produced by New York Children's Theatre

The Big One-Oh!

Music by Doug Besterman

Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the Novel by Dean Pitchford

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Special Honorees:

Legends of Off Broadway - honoring sustained achievement Off Broadway

Gretchen Cryer: Off-Broadway Playwright, lyricist and actress, co-author of I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

Woodie King, Jr.: Founding director of thea??New Federal Theatrea??ina??New York City and Off Broadway producer and director

Eric Krebs: Off Broadway producer and founder and director of Off-Broadway's John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater.

Barbara Zinn Krieger: Founder of New York City Children's Theater and Executive Director and Founder of Vineyard Theatre.

Off Broadway Hall of Fame Inductees - A posthumous award that honors a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway

Mark Blum an actor whose Off Broadway career spanned over five decades and 26 productions, including The Waverly Gallery, The Model Apartment, and Rancho Viejo.

Wynn Handman - Off Broadway Director and teacher, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The American Place Theatre.

Julia Miles - Trailblazing Founder of the Women's Project Theater (now known as the WP Theater).

Friend of Off Broadway - Award - honors persons or organizations for their steadfast support of the Off Broadway community over many years.

The Drama Bookshop has been serving the New York theater community by supporting and inspiring generations of theater artists for over 100 years.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos

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