Theater News

Nominations for 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards Announced

Jo Bonney, André De Shields, David Rabe, and Mary Testa will all receive the 2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award.

Ato Blankson-Wood and Leon Addison Brown share a scene in Transfers.
Ato Blankson-Wood and Leon Addison Brown share a scene in Transfers.
(© Joan Marcus)

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.

Awards will be 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 in all categories will be announced on May 16, and the awards ceremony will take place on June 19 at Sardi's.

In addition to the competitive awards, four Legend of Off Broadway Awards are being presented to artists who have made extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway. The 2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award recipients are Jo Bonney, André De Shields, David Rabe, and Mary Testa. Theater attorney Donald Farber and 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 full list of nominees is below. Hyperlinked shows are currently running.

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

The 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)