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Off-Broadway News Nominees Announced for 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards Jo Bonney, André De Shields, David Rabe, and Mary Testa will receive Legend of Off Broadway Awards.
Jo Bonney, André De Shields, David Rabe, and Mary Testa

The Off Broadway Alliance has announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off-Broadway during the 2017–2018 season.


Nike Kadri, Nabiyah Be, Paige Gilbert, and Mirirai Sithole in School Girls

Joan Marcus

Awards are presented in six competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show.

Winners will be announced May 16, followed by a June 19 ceremony at Sardi’s.


Four Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented to artists who have made extraordinary contributions to Off-Broadway: director Jo Bonney, actor André De Shields, playwright David Rabe, and actor Mary Testa.

Theatrical attorney Donald Farber and playwright-actor Sam Shepard will be posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame. Photographer Carol Rosegg will be honored with the 2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award.

Nominees in the competitive categories follow:

Best New Musical
Bastard Jones
Desperate Measures
Pharma Bro: An American Douchical
Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie

Best New Play
Dutch Masters
Mary Jane
School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play
The Amateurs

Best Revival
Artificial Jungle
At Home at the Zoo
Hindle Wakes
The Government Inspector
Torch Song

Best Solo Performance
Bright Colors and Bold Patterns
Harry Clarke
In & Of Itself
Who's Holiday!

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Babette's Feast
Ghost Light
Pride and Prejudice
Randy Writes a Novel

Best Family Show
Addy & Uno (Tom and Michael D’Angora)
Pete the Cat (Theatreworks USA)
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic for Kids)
The Snowy Day and Other Stories (Julia Beardsley O’Brien)
The Stowaway (Classic Stage Company and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company)

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theatre professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting, and encouraging the production of Off-Broadway theatre and to making live theatre increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.

For more information and tickets to the award ceremony, visit

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