The OBA Awards are presented in six competitive categories and honor the best in commercial and not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatre. Click here for a full list of this year’s nominees.

The recipients of this year’s awards were honored at a ceremony at Sardi’s on June 19.

Without further ado, the winners!

Best New Musical
Desperate Measures

Best New Play

Best Revival
The Government Inspector

Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Best Solo Performance
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke

Best Family Show
Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic for Kids)

As previously announced, this year’s Legend of Off Broadway Honorees are Jo Bonney, André de Shields, David Rabe, and Mary Testa. Donald Farber – the theater attorney who quite literally wrote the book on Off Broadway – and the great 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.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of this year’s nominees!

The Government Inspector – Best Revival

Desperate Measures – Best New Musical

Transfers – Best New Play


Best Solo Performance – Billy Crudup (Harry Clarke)

KPOP – Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Peter Breger with Andre De Shields (Legend Off Broadway Honoree)

Peter Breger with Annie Farber and Daughter (Honoring Donald Farber)


Film/Edits: Sandi Durell

Photos: Genevieve Rafter Keddy