The Off-Broadway Alliance, an organization of off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the Eleventh Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and nonprofit productions that opened off-Broadway during the 2021-2022 season.
BEST NEW MUSICAL
Harmony, book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman, music by Barry Manilow
BEST NEW PLAY
Sanctuary City by Martyna Majok
Assassins, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
BEST UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
Oratorio for Living Things by Heather Christian
BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE
Little Girl Blue by Laiona Michelle
LEGENDS OF OFF-BROADWAY AWARD
Richard Nelson is a critically acclaimed playwright, director, and librettist. He is the author and director of the Apple Family Plays, which debuted at the Public Theater and told the story of the fictional Apple Family of Rhinebeck, NY as they make their way together through life in the 2010s. Mr. Nelson also wrote and directed The Gabriels, a trilogy about the lives of another fictional family as they struggle to make sense of love, art, politics, and the instability of life in their country, town, family, and home. Mr. Nelson is the author of James Joyce's The Dead (winner of a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical) and several other Broadway plays including Chess, Marriage of Figaro, and Some Americans Abroad.
OFF-BROADWAY HALL OF FAME
Ed Bullins was among the most significant Black playwrights of the 20th century and a leading voice in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and '70s, He produced nearly 100 plays over a 55-year career, written, as he liked to say, not for the traditional mostly white and middle-class theatre audience, but for the strivers, hustlers, and quiet sufferers whose struggles he understood and shared. Mr. Bullins made his theatrical debut in August 1965 with the production of three one-act plays: How Do You Do?; Dialect Determinism; or, The Rally; and Clara's Ole Man. His first full-length play, In the Wine Time (produced 1968), examines the scarcity of options available to the Black urban poor. It was the first in a series of plays-called the Twentieth-Century Cycle-that centered on a group of young friends growing up in the 1950s. Other plays in the cycle are The Corner (produced 1968), In New England Winter (produced 1969), The Duplex (produced 1970), The Fabulous Miss Marie (produced 1971), Home Boy (produced 1976), and Daddy (produced 1977). In 1975 he received critical acclaim for The Taking of Miss Janie, a play about the failed alliance of an interracial group of political idealists in the 1960s. Sharing the tenets of the Black Arts movement, Bullins's naturalistic plays incorporated elements of Black nationalism, "street" lyricism, and interracial tension. His other notable works include the plays Goin' a Buffalo (produced 1968) and Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam (produced 1991).
Actor, director, playwright, novelist, drag icon, and DG member Charles Busch will host the ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at 2:00PM at Sardi's in New York City.