(Gordon Cox’s article appeared in Variety, 5/18.)
“Hamilton,” the Off Broadway trophy magnet that will make the move to Broadway this summer, racked up one more award at the 60th annual Obie Awards, earning the honor for best new american theater work.
Stephen McKinley Henderson, the star of this year’s Pulitzer-winning play “Between Riverside and Crazy,” took home one of the six performance awards handed out that evening. James Houghton, the founding artistic director of Off Broadway’s Signature Theater, was the previously announced winner of the sustained achievement award, earning the honor just before he steps down from the post after a tenure of 25 years.
Obie grants of $2,500 each went to Horse Trade Theater Group/The Fire This Time Festival and the arts center JACK. Ars Nova, the Off Broadway producing organization behind successes including “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” snagged a $1,000 check, as did the creators of “Hamilton.”