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‘A Strange Loop’ Wins Best New Musical at Off Broadway Alliance Awards

Aaron Posner’s ‘Life Sucks’ wins for best new play, and Mark Blum, Wynn Handman, and Julia Miles join the Hall of Fame.

NEW YORK CITY: The Off Broadway Alliance (OBA) has announced the winners of the 10th annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, which honor commercial and nonprofit Off-Broadway productions. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Charles Bush, Julie Halston, and OBA president Peter Breger presented the awards online. Among the winners are Michael R. Jackson‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop.

In addition to the competitive awards, Mark Blum, Wynn Handman, and Julia Miles will be posthumously inducted into OBA’s Off Broadway Hall of Fame, recognizing their contributions to Off-Broadway during their lifetimes. To honor their sustained achievement in Off-Broadway theatre, Gretchen Cryer, Woodie King Jr., Eric Krebs, and Barbara Zinn Krieger received Legends of Off Broadway awards. The Drama Bookshop is also being awarded the Friend of Off Broadway award, honoring persons or organizations for their steadfast support of the Off-Broadway community.

The alliance is made up of Off-Broadway producers, theatres, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals. OBA is planning on celebrating the winners with a reception later this fall.

Below is the complete list of winners:

BEST NEW PLAY
Life Sucks, Aaron Posner, Wheelhouse Theater

BEST PLAY REVIVAL
The Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, McKittrick Hotel with Peter Wilson Productions, Pemberley Productions, and Martin Platt

BEST NEW MUSICAL
A Strange Loop, book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, Playwrights Horizons and Page 73

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
The Unsinkable Molly Brown, music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, book and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, based on the original book by Richard Morris, Transport Group

BEST UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE
Dana H., Lucas Hnath, Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Center Theatre Group

BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE
Bill Posley in The Day I Became Black, Bill Posley, produced by Kristen Boulé

BEST FAMILY SHOW
She Persisted, the Musical, script and lyrics by Adam Tobin, music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, adapted from the book by Chelsea Clinton, Atlantic Theater Company

LEGEND OF OFF BROADWAY HONOREES
Gretchen Cryer
Woodie King Jr.
Eric Krebs
Barbara Zinn Krieger

HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Mark Blum
Wynn Handman
Julia Miles

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