Ceremony at Sardi’s honors 8th Annual Broadway Alliance award winners
June 20, 2018: The Off-Broadway Alliance President, Peter Berger hosted a ceremony at Sardi’s where the winners of the 8th Annual OBA Awards were presented with their awards. Peter was joined by Jo Bonney, Andre de Shields, David Rabe, Carol Rosegg, and stars from winning productions including Harry Clarke’s Billy Crudup, The Government Inspector’s Michael Urie, Desperate Measures’ Lauren Molina, Peter Kellogg, David Friedman, Transfer’s Lucy Thurber and more to celebrate the 2017-2018 Off-Broadway season.
Winners of the 8th Annual Off -Broadway Alliance Awards:
Best New Musical
Best New Play
The Government Inspector
Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Best Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke
Best Family Show
Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic for Kids)
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.
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 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 also 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.
Photos by Patrick Christiano and Bruce Glikas