This year's awards gala, honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway performers and productions, is scheduled for May 20 at Terminal 5.
“I am thrilled to be hosting the Obies this year and can confirm that a tiny hat will be incorporated into my wardrobe,” Bloom said in a statement.
“I’m excited to expand on the Wing’s existing relationship with Rachel, who has brought her unique brand of comedy backstage at the Tony Awards for the last two telecasts. She’s a giant talent and, as evidenced by her casting choices on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a huge supporter and treasured member of our New York theater community,” added Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing.
Michael Feingold will chair a judges panel that also includes Arin Arbus, Rachel Hauck, Riccardo Hernandez, Rajiv Joseph, Kecia Lewis, and Jesse Oxfeld.
The Obies are structured with informal categories, to recognize artists and productions worthy of distinction in each theatrical year.