Pop culture icon and friend of Off Broadway,  Michael Musto, joined the Off Broadway Alliance’s Nominating Committee this morning and announced this season’s Off Broadway Alliance Award nominees.

Awards will be presented 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. Due to the shutdown, the awards ceremony will take place this Fall (date and location TBD).

In addition to the competitive awards, Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented to Gretchen Cryer, Woodie King, Jr., Eric Krebs and Barbara Zinn Krieger for their extraordinary contributions over many years, Mark Blum, Wynn Handman and Julia Miles will be posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame, and the Friend of Off Broadway Award will be presented to The Drama Bookshop for their continued dedication to Off Broadway.

The winners of the Off Broadway Alliance Awards will be announced via Facebook at 11am on Tuesday, May 19 at OBA’s homepage: https://www.facebook.com/offbroadwayalliance.

2019-20 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominations are:

Best New Play

Ain’t No Mo’

by Jordan E. Cooper

Produced by the Public Theater


Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

By Stephen Adly Guirgus

Co production Atlantic Theater Company and LABryinth Theater Company

Life Sucks

By Aaron Posner

Produced by Wheelhouse Theater

Make Believe

By Bess Wohl

Produced by Second Stage Theater

The Confession of Lily Dare

By Charles Busch

Produced by Primary Stages in association with Jamie deRoy and Ted Snowden

Best Play Revival

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf

By Ntozake Shange

Produced by The Public Theater

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Produced by The Public Theater

The Woman in Black

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt

From the novel by Susan Hill

Presented by the McKittrick Hotel

Timon of Athens

By William Shakespeare

Produced by Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theater Company

Best New Musical

A Strange Loop

Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael R Jackson

Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73

Cambodian Rock Band

By Lauren Yee

Songs by Dengue Fever

Produced by Signature Theatre Company


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein

Produced by Arborhouse Productions and Visceral Entertainment

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn

Book & Lyrics by Mark Saltzman

Produced by Amas Musical Theatre and Eric Krebs

Sing Street

Book by Enda Walsh, Music & Lyrics by John Carney and Gary Clark

Produced by New York Theatre Workshop

The Secret Life of Bees

Book by Lynn Nottage

Music by Duncan Sheik

Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Produced by the Atlantic Theater Company

Best Musical Revival


Book by Sybille Pearson, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr

Produced by Out of the Box Theatrics

Enter Laughing

Book by Joseph Stein, Music & Lyrics by Stan Daniels

Produced by The York Theater Company

Little Shop of Horrors

Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken

Produced by Robert Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Mickey Liddell, Curt Cronin, John Joseph, and Tom Kirdahy

Rock of Ages

Book by Chris D’Arienzo

Produced by S2BN Entertainment

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Music and lyrics by Meredith Willson; Book and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, based on the original book by Richard Morris; Music adaptation by Michael Rafter

Produced by Transport Group


Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Dana H.

By Lucas Hnath

Produced by Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Center Theatre Group

Midsummer: A Banquet

    By William Shakespeare. Adapted by Zach Morris and Victoria Rae Sook

    Produced by Food of Love Productions and Third Rail Projects

Novenas for a Lost Hospital

By Cusi Cram

Produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Playing Hot

Created by Kevin Armento and Jaki Bradley

Written by Kevin Armento and C.A. Johnson

Produced by Pipeline Theater

Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo

Created and Performed by Katsura Sunshine

Produced by Joe Trentacosta, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Yumi Shinozaki, and Marie Fukuda


Best Solo Performance

Kathleen Chalfant in A Woman of the World

By Rebecca Gilman

Produced by The Acting Company and 59E59 Theaters

Keith Hamilton Cobb in American Moor

By Keith Hamilton Cobb

Produced by Evangeline Morphos, Frederick M Zollo, Red Bull Theater, Elizabeth I McCann, and Tom Shea

Harvey Fierstein in Bella Bella

By Harvey Fierstein

Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club

Ken Jennings in Gospel of John

Conceived by Ken Jennings

Produced by The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Bill Posley in The Day I Became Black

Created and written by Bill Posley

Produced by Kristen Boulé

Aedín Moloney in Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom

Adaptation by Aedín Moloney and Colum McCann

Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre

Best Family Show

Dog Man:  The Musical

Music by Brad Alexander

Books and Lyrics by Kevin DelAguila

Based on the series by Dav Pilkey

Produced by TheatreWorks USA


Paddington Gets in a Jam

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller

Written by Doug Kmiotek

Based on the series by Michael Bond

Produced by Rockefeller Productions


She Persisted, The Musical

Script & Lyrics by Adam Tobin

Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Adapted from the Book by Chelsea Clinton

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Taste the Clouds

Created by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Based on the book “Taste the Clouds” by Rita Marshall

Produced by New York Children’s Theatre

The Big One-Oh!

Music by Doug Besterman

Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the Novel by Dean Pitchford

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company


Special Honorees: 

Legends of Off Broadway – honoring sustained achievement Off Broadway

Gretchen Cryer: Off-Broadway Playwright, lyricist, and actress, co-author of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

Woodie King, Jr.: Founding director of the New Federal Theatre in New York City and Off Broadway producer and director

Eric Krebs: Off Broadway producer and founder and director of the Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater.

Barbara Zinn Krieger: Founder of New York City Children’s Theater and Executive Director and Founder of Vineyard Theatre.

Off Broadway Hall of Fame Inductees – A posthumous award that  honors a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway

Mark Blum an actor whose Off Broadway career spanned over five decades and 26 productions

Wynn Handman – Off Broadway Director and teacher and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The American Place Theatre

Julia Miles – Trailblazing Founder of the Women’s Project Theater

Friend of Off Broadway – Award – honors persons or organizations for their steadfast support of the Off Broadway community over many years.

The Drama Bookshop

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 (currently via Zoom), and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community.  The organization includes Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, and the OBA Awards honor commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2019-2020 season (due to the theatrical shutdown, the last eligible date for consideration was March 11, 2020).