The 63rd Obie Awards are scheduled to return to New York City this coming Monday, May 21. The annual Off-Broadway awards show will take place at Terminal 5 in the City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, following a decade at the now closed Webster Hall. As previously reported, this year's show will be hosted by actor and native New Yorker, John Leguizamo, who will also be joined by an impressive list of newly announced presenters, including Andrew Garfield, Lucy Liu and two-time Tony Award and Obie Award winner Matthew Broderick.
The full list of guest presenters was revealed by the American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice earlier this week, and also includes Oliver Platt, Laura Benanti, Laura Osnes, Beth Malone, David Morse, Itamar Moses, Arian Moayed, William Ivey Long, Natasha Katz and many more. The American Theatre Wing’s President/CEO Heather Hitchens and the Village Voice CEO Peter Barbey will also act as presenters at the one-night event. According to Deadline, three-time Obie winner Kathleen Chalfant is set to receive a special Lifetime Achievement Obie Award.
The Obie Awards were initially launched back in 1955 by Jerry Tallmer, the Village Voices founding editor and theatre critic. Over the years the show’s production has grown from a niche part of New York City’s entertainment industry to helping establish the quality and legitimacy of Off-Broadway productions. Some of the presenting guests who appeared at last year’s Obie Awards included Chris Cooper, Rose Byrne, songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and Lena Hall, just to name a few.
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