Sardi’s was a buzz with the The Off Broadway Alliance Awards.
This organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, presented the 8th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off-Broadway during the 2017-2018 season.
Winners were honored and given their awards in a special ceremony.
Four Legend of Off Broadway Awards were presented to artists who have made extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway.
The 2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award recipients were Jo Bonney
André De Shields
and Mary Testa
Donald Farber, the theater attorney who quite literally “wrote the book” for Off Broadway
and Sam Shepard, were posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.
Carol Rosegg, who has photographed hundreds of Broadway and Off Broadway productions, was honored with the 2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award.
The shows who took home the awards were:
Desperate Measures (Best New Musical)
Transfers (Best New Play)
The Government Inspector (Best Revival)
KPOP (Best Unique Theatrical Experience)
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke (Best Solo Performance)
Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical (Best Family Show).
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.