The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2016-2017 season.

Paula Vogel

Harvey Fierstein


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. Winners in all categories will be selected by secret ballot by members of the awards committee of the Off Broadway Alliance.


In addition to the competitive awards, six Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards are being presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2017 Legend of Off Broadway recipients are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horowitz, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, and Paula Vogel. The 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Award will be presented posthumously to Signature Theatre founder James Houghton.  Winners will be announced on May 16th. A complete list of nominees follows.



Best New Musical

The Band’s Visit

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me


Othello: The Remix

The View UpStairs


Best New Play

Church and State

Daniel’s Husband


Skeleton Crew

Small Mouth Sounds

The Wolves


Best Musical Revival

Finian’s Rainbow

The Golden Bride

Pacific Overtures

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweet Charity


Best Play Revival

The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead

The Emperor Jones

The Hairy Ape




Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Her Opponent



Taylor Mac – A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

Vanity Fair


Best Solo Performance

Chris Gethard, Career Suicide

Marin Ireland, On the Exhale

Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date

Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose

Anna Deveare Smith, Notes From the Field


Best Family Show

1001 Nights:  A Love Story About Loving Stories

The Commedia Cinderella

Love That Dog

Pip’s Island

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure


Legend of Off Broadway Honorees

Harvey Fierstein

Athol Fugard

Israel Horowitz

Charlotte Moore

Estelle Parsons

Paula Vogel


Hall of Fame Award

James Houghton