The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, presented the inaugural Off Broadway Alliance Awards Reception yesterday, June 21, 2011 at Sardi's. Honorees were on hand to receive their awards and Romulus Linney, Ellen Stewart and Lanford Wilson were posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photo coverage below!
Among the attendees were Legend of Off Broadway honorees Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Tom Jones, Everett Quinton and Blue Man Group. Tanya Berezin, a founder of Circle Repertory Theater, will posthumously honor Off Broadway Hall of Fame inductee Lanford Wilson and Laura Callanan will posthumously honor her husband, Hall of Fame inductee Romulus Linney.
Other honorees included producer Tom D'Angora and Christine Pedi accepting the award for Best New Musical for NEWSical the Musical: Full Spin Ahead; Playwright Mark St. Germain and the cast of Freud's Last Session accepting the award for Best New Play; Lori Fineman, executive director of The Transport Group, accepting the award for Best Musical Revival for Hello Again; Punchdrunk accepting their award for Best Unique Theatrical Event for Sleep No More; and Colin Lewellyn and Danielle Pakradooni, who accepted the Best Long-Running Show Award for Blue Man Group.
Other distinguished guests included The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells and Lewis Cleale as well as Rita Gardner and Blaire Stauffer - the original Luisa and Mute in the 1960 company of The Fantasticks.
The awards honored outstanding achievement in Off Broadway theater for the 2010-2011 season.
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 and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community.
Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance founded and sponsors 20at20, the biannual event where you can buy $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows twenty minutes before curtain. It produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. It also administers the free "This Day in Off Broadway History" online calendar. The Alliance released the first ever Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which detailed Off Broadway's $461 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Everett Quinton, Julie Halston and Charles Busch
Everett Quinton, Andrew Rannells, Julie Halston and Charles Busch
Lewis Cleale and Tom Jones
Rita Gardner and Tom Jones
Everett Quinton, Julie Halston, Charles Busch and Tom Jones
Newsical the Musical's Tom D'Angora and Rick Crom
Katie Naka, Colin Lewellyn and Danielle Pakradooni
Emileena Pedigo and Blaire Stauffer
Michael West, Rick Crom, Christine Pedi and Tom D'Angora
Peter Breger (Chairman of The Off Broadway Alliance)
Tom Jones receives his Legend Of Off Broadway Award
Everett Quinton receives his Legend Of Off Broadway Award
Julie Halston receives her Legend Of Off Broadway Award
Charles Busch receives his Legend Of Off Broadway Award
Colin Lewellyn and Danielle Pakradooni accepting the Award for the Best Long-Running Show- Blue Man Group
Mia Yu accepting the Award for Ellen Stewart as she is inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame
Marshall Mason and Tanya Berezin accepting on the behalf of Lanford Wilson who is inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame
Laura Callanan accepts the award for her husband Romulus Linney as he inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame
Tom D'Angora accepting the award for best new musical- NEWSical The Musical
Carolyn Rossi Copeland and Mark St. Germain accepting the award for Best New Play- Freud's Last Session
Mark St. Germain
Carolyn Rossi Copeland
Lori Fineman (Executive Director of The Transport Group) accepting the award for Best Musical Review for Hello Again
Punchdrunk accepting the award for Best Unique Theatrical Event for Sleep No More
Peter Breger and the Legends of Off Broadway-Tom Jones, Julie Halston, Charles Busch, Everett Quinton, Colin Lewellyn and Danielle Pakradooni
Julie Halston and Charles Busch
Peter Breger, Laura Callanan, Mia Yu, Marshall Mason and Tanya Berezin
Peter Breger, Mark H. Dold, Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Mark St. Germain and Martin Rayner
Peter Breger, Rick Crom, Tom D'Angora and Michael West
Julie Halston and Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells and Lewis Cleale
Ben Goldberg, Lori Fineman and Max Von Essen from The Transport Group and the show Hello Again
Max Von Essen
Jack Thomas, Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Mark St. Germain and Robert Stillman
Suzanna Bowling, Robert R. Blume and Gretchen Shugart
Rick Crom, Jim Caruso and Christine Pedi
Rick Crom, Jim Caruso, Christine Pedi and Charles Busch
Christine Pedi and Charles Busch