The 3rd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards Growing and Glowing
By: Sandi Durell
Sardi’s was the place to be on June 18th for this year’s exciting OBA award presentations. The off Broadway community applauds Chairman and Host Peter Breger for his courage, tenacity and dedication to the genre.
On hand for photographs and award acceptances were the cast and writer of "Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike" as they made their move from off Broadway to Broadway also receiving a Tony. Accepting for Best New Play was the always amusing Christopher Durang and cast members Christine Nielsen and Sigourney Weaver, while cast member David Hyde Pierce proudly looked on.
Best New Musical went to the meat-packing district’s new hit "N
atasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, " currently ensconced in a tent, a truly uniquely creative theater experience that began a year ago at ARS Nova. The cast was on hand as well as its writer Dave Malloy.
Daryl Roth, producer extraordinaire, began her career off-Broadway, where her heart still lies, although she is also a major Broadway producer. As writers Richard Maltby and David Shire accepted their award for Best Musical Revival for "Closer Than Ever," they thanked Daryl because she was the original producer of that musical back in 1989. On hand was the cast: Christiane Noll, George Dvorsky, Jenn Colella.
Best Play Revival went to "The Piano Lesson" at the Signature Theatre, as director Ruben Santiago-Hudson spoke with sincerity about the importance of the diversity that the Signature offers to theater.
For Best Unique Theatrical Experience, the award was presented to "Buyer and Cellar" and Michael Urie who was busy doing his first preview as the show reopens at the Barrow Street Theatre after its successful run at Rattlestick Players. "Bunnicula" received the Best Family Show award.
Congratulations to Peter Breger and his talented Board in their support of Off-Broadway Theater. These are professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway 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. There is a newly created mentorship program that is just starting.
Photos: Patrick Christiano
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