2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Winner André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Recipient André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards

Awards, Photography, Theater
OBA President Peter Breger and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

OBA President Peter Breger and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

On Tuesday, I joined two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields (The Wiz, The Full Monty, Play On, Ain’t Misbehavin’) at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards ceremony held at Sardi’s in New York, where he received the 2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award. Mr. De Shields recently appeared in the Off Broadway productions  of As You Like It at Classic Stage Company and Mankind at Playwright’s Horizons. He is currently starring as Ron in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of the new musical Half Time, opposite Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Donna McKechnie and Lori Tan Chinn, through July 1st.

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award recipients André De Shields, Jo Bonney and David Rabe at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018 (not pictured: Mary Testa). Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award recipients André De Shields, Jo Bonney and David Rabe at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s in New York on June 19, 2018 (not pictured: Mary Testa). Photo by Lia Chang

De Shields, along with Jo Bonney, David Rabe, and Mary Testa were honored for their extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway.

This winners of this year’s competitive Off Broadway Alliance Awards included Desperate Measures (Best New Musical), Transfers (Best New Play) The Government Inspector (Best Revival), Harry Clarke (Best Solo Performance), KPOP (Best Unique Theatrical Experience) and Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Best Family Show).

Best New Musical: Desperate Measures

DESPERATE MEASURES Cast-Gary Marachek, Anthony Festa, Sarah Parnicky, Peter Saide, Lauren Molina, Pat Addiss, David Friedman, Mary Cossette, Peter Kellogg and Celia Hottenstein. Photo by Lia Chang

DESPERATE MEASURES Cast-Gary Marachek, Anthony Festa, Sarah Parnicky, Peter Saide, Lauren Molina, Pat Addiss, David Friedman, Mary Cossette, Peter Kellogg and Celia Hottenstein. Photo by Lia Chang

Desperate Measures recently transferred to Off-Broadway’s New World Stages following a successful 2017 run at the York Theatre Company.

Best New Play: Transfers

Best Revival: The Government Inspector

Best Revival: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR - Jessie Berger, Michael Urie, Michael McGrath, Jeffrey Hatcher. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Revival: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR – Director Jessie Berger, Michael Urie, Talene Monahon, Michael McGrath, Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Solo Performance: Harry Clarke

Billy Crudup wins the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance for HARRY CLARKE. Photo by Lia Chang

Billy Crudup wins the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance for HARRY CLARKE. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Unique Theatrical Experience: KPOP

KPOP's Teddy Bergman and Jason Eagan. Photo by Lia Chang

KPOP’s Teddy Bergman and Jason Eagan. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Best Family Show: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical - Mary McCann, Ted Arthur, Shea Sullivan, Tamilla Woodard, Allison Beatty, Douglas Lyons, Greg Dean, and Melvin Tunstall III. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Family Show: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical – Mary McCann, Ted Arthur, Shea Sullivan, Tamilla Woodard, Allison Beatty, Douglas Lyons, Greg Dean, and Melvin Tunstall III. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald Farber, the theater attorney who quite literally “wrote the book” for Off Broadway was posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.

Donald C. Farber's granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia and wife Ann Farber at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald C. Farber’s granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia and wife Ann Farber at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald C. Farber's granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia, wife Ann Farber and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald C. Farber’s granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia, wife Ann Farber and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Carol Rosegg, who has photographed hundreds of Broadway and Off Broadway productions, was honored with the 2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award.

2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award recipient Carol Rosegg and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award recipient Carol Rosegg and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, present Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2017-2018 season.

André De Shields and producer Stephen Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields and producer Stephen Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

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 sponsors 20at20, the event that runs twice a year for 20 days and lets theatergoers purchase $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain. It also produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. The Alliance operates the OBA Mentorship Program, which provides new producers with guidance and direction from Off Broadway veterans. And the Alliance created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which outlines Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.

For more information visit www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com

Lauren Molina, Bill Castellino, Celia Hottenstein, Michael Urie, Gary Marachek, Peter Saide, David Friedman. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren Molina, Bill Castellino, Celia Hottenstein, Michael Urie, Gary Marachek, Peter Saide, David Friedman. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Winner André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Winner André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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