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Off-Broadway Alliance Awards Announces 2016 Nominees

Linda Lavin, Lois Smith, and more will receive honorary awards from the Alliance.

Linda Lavin will receive a Legend of Off-Broadway Award from the Off-Broadway Alliance.
Linda Lavin will receive a Legend of Off-Broadway Award from the Off-Broadway Alliance.
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Nominees have been announced for the sixth annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, recognizing artists in seven competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show.

Four Legend of Off-Broadway Awards will also be presented to theater press agent Merle Debuskey, Tony-winning actress Linda Lavin, Playwrights Horizons founder Robert Moss, and Tony-nominated actress Lois Smith, while Hall of Fame Awards will be presented posthumously to actors Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, actress and comedian Anne Meara, and composer Elizabeth Swados.

Winners in the competitive categories will be announced on May 18. Read below for the full list of nominees.

Best New Musical
Daddy Long Legs
Dear Evan Hansen
Who’s Your Baghdaddy?

Best New Play
Exit Strategy
O, Earth
The Qualms

Best Musical Revival
Once Upon a Mattress
The Robber Bridegroom
Rothschild & Sons

Best Play Revival
Incident at Vichy
The School for Scandal
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Widowers’ Houses
Women Without Men

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Angel Reapers
Sense & Sensibility
Shear Madness
Standard Time

Best Solo Performance
Mike Birbiglia, Thank God for Jokes
Staceyann Chin, Motherstruck
James Lecesne, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Joanna Rush, Kick
Andrew Schneider, Youarenowhere

Best Family Show
The Commedia Rapunzel
The Pirate La Dee Da
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Young Charles Dickens