Off the back of taking home the 2019 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me has been named the recipient of this year's Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play. Dick Scanlan and Carmel Dean's musical Renascence, seen at the Abrons Arts Center last fall in a production from Transport Group, was named Best New Musical.
Other winners announced May 22 are the Yiddish revival of Fiddler on the Roof (which continues its acclaimed run at Stage 42), Maddie Corman's personal monologue play Accidentally Brave, Nassim Soleimanpour's experimental new show Nassim, the Off-Broadway revival of Uncle Vanya at Hunter Theater Project, and Pip's Island.
Now in its ninth year, the awards honor commercial and not-for-profit productions. A winners' ceremony will take place on June 18 at Sardi's.
See the full list of the 2019 winners and nominees below. Winners are in bold and marked with an asterisk.
Best New Musical
Be More Chill
Girl from the North Country
Midnight at the Never Get
Best New Play
Do You Feel Anger?
*What the Constitution Means to Me
Best Musical Revival
*Fiddler on the Roof
Merrily We Roll Along
The Other Josh Cohen
Best Play Revival
Days to Come
Our Lady of 121st Street
Summer and Smoke
Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Freestyle Love Supreme
Jomama Jones: Black Light
Permission to Speak
Best Solo Performance
Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State
My Life on a Diet
Best Family Show
Not My Monster! - The Flea Theater
*Pip's Island - CEO Rami Ajami, Chief Creative Officer Rania Ajami, and
Creative Director Walter Krudop
The Emperor's New Clothes - New York City Children's Theater
The Emperor's Nightingale - Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
This is Sadie - New York City Children's Theater
In addition to the competitive awards, Rita Gardner, Albert Poland, and Avenue Q are being presented with Legend of Off Broadway Awards. Alvin Epstein, Maria Irene Fornes, and Ntozake Shange are being posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame; and the Friend of Off Broadway Award is being presented to Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo for his graphic design work.