Don Grigware

Don Grigware Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and journalist/writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website:
www.grigwaretalkstheatre.com

Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. He is a teacher of foreign language and ESL.

Don is in his eighth year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page. He received a BWW Award for Excellence in 2014 as one of the top ten Regional Editors across the globe.

Don is also an author/playwright and recently published Books I, II & III of his children's fable Two Worlds Together: Donnelly's Greatest Christmas. You may purchase copies of the two volumes at amazon.com A trilogy of one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness was recently revised and re-published, also on amazon.com. Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.

There are new projects on the horizon, including co-authoring an autobiography, publishing a collection of scary mini-plays - 10-15 minutes in length - and publishing a sequel to Two Worlds Together, entitled Donnelly Tackles Technology. Stay tuned in 2017 for more fun and games!



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BWW Review: BWW Award Winner and Tony Winning Jersey Boys Star JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Continues to Rock Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


BWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to CatalinaBWW Review: Broadway's Astounding Melba Moore
Posted: Dec. 12, 2016


BWW Review: THE MESHUGANUTCRACKER! Turns the Gindi Auditorium Upside DownBWW Review: THE MESHUGANUTCRACKER!
Posted: Dec. 22, 2016


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BWW Review: Musical HUNCHBACK On Top of the World at La MiradaBWW Review: HUNCHBACK On Top of the World at La Mirada
Posted: Sep. 19, 2016


BWW Interview: CEO Griff O'Neil Discusses WCOPA Championships Set to Open in LONG BEACH JULY 8BWW Interview: WCOPA Championships Set to Open in Long Beach July 8
Posted: Jul. 1, 2016


BWW Review: BWW Award Winner and Tony Winning Jersey Boys Star JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Continues to Rock Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


BWW Interview: ISA BRIONES Opens Up About NEXT TO NORMALBWW Interview: ISA BRIONES Discusses NEXT TO NORMAL
Posted: Aug. 19, 2016


BWW Interview: Dancer JEANNINE JACKSON Talks About Thrilling Dance Show on June 25BWW Interview: Dancer JEANNINE JACKSON Talks About Thrilling Dance Show
Posted: Jun. 20, 2016


BWW Review: MTW Presents a Vocally Thrilling EVITABWW Review: MTW Presents a Vocally Thrilling EVITA
February 13, 2017

Don't cry for Eva! Tim Rice's & Andrew Lloyd Webber'sEvitahas had a thirty-nine year international love affair with the public since it premiered in 1978 in London and in 1979 on Broadway. The latest revival in regional theatre is currently at MTW in Long Beach. An operetta, or rock opera, with no spoken dialogue, and based on Eva Duarte Peron and husband Juan Peron of Argentina, the story documents the rise to power of a simple peasant girl to the rank - almost - of Vice-President of her country. I say almost because she became too ill to accept the nomination in 1951 and passed into immor

BWW Interview: Author Jacqueline T. Lynch Talks About ANN BLYTH ACTRESS, SINGER, STARBWW Interview: Author Jacqueline T. Lynch Talks About ANN BLYTH ACTRESS, SINGER, STAR
February 10, 2017

Author Jacqueline T. Lynch has just published Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain about the Mt. Tom Playhouse in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She interviewed me about three years ago, since I was born and raised in Holyoke and ... since I spent my childhood watching the Valley Players at Mt. Tom. The Players were my mentors for my odyssey through the acting world. It's a fascinating book. Lynch has also written the only biography in existence of movie and musical star Ann Blyth. In the following interview she talks about both books and her life as a writer.

BWW Review: Well Acted and Directed WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at GrouprepBWW Review: Well Acted and Directed WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at Grouprep
January 30, 2017

There's nothing like a good old fashioned mystery to keep you on the edge of your theatre seat, especially one that's written by the grande dame of the genre Agatha Christie.The Mousetrapwas one of the longest running plays on the West End for umpteen years. As I sat at Group rep Friday night watchingWitness for the Prosecution, which is rarely revived, I really tuned in to the dialogue. It is so well constructed, and the dozen or so characters are deliciously humorous. I am happy to report that the new production at Group rep directed by skilled veteran Jules Aaron and starringguest artist Salome JensandLarry Eisenbergis akin to a jolly good rollercoaster ride. It's delightfully entertaining and can be seen through March 12.

BWW Review: Angelica Page Brilliantly Lives Out Her Mother's Life and Career in TURNING PAGEBWW Review: Angelica Page Brilliantly Lives Out Her Mother's Life and Career in TURNING PAGE
January 27, 2017

Angelica Pagestands quietly stage left and watches a home movie of herself on a giant rear screen. She sees a seemingly innocent little girl running around and playing with her motherGeraldine Page. When the film is over, she steps forward ever so slowly into the spotlight and addresses the audience fearlessly, 'My mother is haunting me.' At that precise moment, we sense we are in good hands. The family talent assuredly has rubbed off on Angelica Page, and we are in for a brilliantly honed theatrical evening.

BWW Interview: Veteran Director Jules Aaron Talks About Directing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Opening Friday at Group repBWW Interview: Veteran Director Jules Aaron Talks About Directing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Opening Friday at Group rep
January 26, 2017

Award-winning veteran director Jules Aaron has been putting his directorial stamp on plays and musicals for several decades. Mr. Aaron took time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his current project, The Group Rep's production of Agatha Christie's New York Critic Circle and Tony award-winning play WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION featuring guest artist Salome Jens, running January 27 through March 12, 2017 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. Last season, Jules Aaron directed the most successful play the Group Rep has ever produced, the sold-out, twice extended musical THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'.

BWW Interview: Veteran TV Actor Dan Castellaneta Talks FOR PIANO AND HARPOBWW Interview: Veteran TV Actor Dan Castellaneta Talks FOR PIANO AND HARPO
January 25, 2017

Actor Dan Castellaneta is a familiar face and voice from TV's The Simpsons and The Tracy Ullman Show. He has written a play entitled For Piano and Harpo that will open on February 10 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. In our chat he tells us about his past work, the play and what inspired him to write it. Tell us how For Piano and Harpo came about. Were you intrigued by the relationship between Harpo and Oscar Levant? What a frenzy those two must have created together!

BWW Review: Canadian Hit LATE COMPANY Makes American Premiere at Theatre 40BWW Review: Canadian Hit LATE COMPANY Makes American Premiere at Theatre 40
January 23, 2017

Bullying remains the number one problem among high school students in today's world. In Jordan Tannahill'sLate Companyhe explores a Canadian family whose gay son committed suicide due to the influences of bullying at the Toronto school he attended. Currently onstage at Theatre 40, in its American premiere,Late Companyboasts superb direction from Bruce Gray and a dynamic cast of 5 actors.

BWW Review: Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to RockwellBWW Review: Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to Rockwell
January 18, 2017

Who says artistry seldom improves with age? I sawRobyn Spanglerperform her first Linda Ronstadt show, after an extensive tour to promote her CDWhy I Love Linda Ronstadtabout five years ago. I had the following to say about her performance. 'Accessible, friendly with an aura of poise and self-confidence, Spangler ... fully engages and entertains her audience. I had such a good time, when the hour was over, I wanted to cry out for more...more Nelson Riddle, more Gilbert and Sullivan! Leaving an audience wanting more is a sign of a truly great cabaret artist, and Robyn Spangler fills the bill'.

BWW Review: LA'S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2017 PRESENTED BY PRINCESS CRUISES Rocks the Colony in Its Second WeekBWW Review: LA'S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2017 PRESENTED BY PRINCESS CRUISES Rocks the Colony in Its Second Week
January 17, 2017

Loosely patterned after 'an audition process', this 11th annual fully produced event is geared to discovering new talent between the ages of 18 and 32 for the musical theatre stage. This year once again the contest is generously sponsored/presented by Princess Cruises. As has become the standard, approximately 20 contestants compete for the title, a $2500 cash prize, a headlining engagement at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal during the New Year, professional representation in the business of musical theatre, and other valuable prizes. To date, over a dozen former contestants have already made their Broadway and/or Off-Broadway debuts; while nearly another 100 have either starred in Broadway U.S. National Tours; Regional U.S. Musical Theatre productions; Las Vegas Hotel sit-downs of Broadway Musicals; on board in lavish production shows presented by some of the world's most prestigious cruise lines; or have starred on stages at numerous Southern California Theme Parks such as Disneyland's California Adventure and Lego Land. Internationally, Tokyo Disney is also host to Stage Star talent.

BWW Review: Riveting BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE in a Rare Revival at Sierra Madre PlayhouseBWW Review: Riveting BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE in a Rare Revival at Sierra Madre Playhouse
January 17, 2017

Thomas Gibbons' rarely seen exploration of responsibility in reporting black culture and sensibilityBee-Luther-Hatcheeis receiving an engrossing production at Sierra Madre Playhouse with meticulous direction from Saundra McClain and a superb cast of five,

BWW Interview: Renowned Actress SALOME JENS Talks About Doing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at Group repBWW Interview: Renowned Actress SALOME JENS Talks About Doing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at Group rep
January 10, 2017

Actress Salome Jens certainly needs no introduction. She has starred on Broadway, in film and on television over the years creating a mystique that is original and totally alluring. The very sound of her voice holds me captive. She will open at Group rep in NoHo on January 27 in the classic Witness for the Prosecution. I caught up with her during her busy schedule, and here's what she had to say about the play and the new production.

BWW Review: Audiences at Crown City Theatre Are JUST WILD ABOUT HARRYBWW Review: Audiences at Crown City Theatre Are JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY
January 9, 2017

Think the zaniness of Oscar Wilde'sThe Importance of Being Earnestand Brandon Thomas'Charlie's Auntand then those crazy American stage musical parodies likeLittle Mary SunshineandThe Boy Friend, and you've nailed the nonstop comical antics of I'm Just Wild About Harryadapted by Gary Lamb and William A. Reilly at Crown City Theatre in NoHo. With slick direction and choreography from Lisaun Whittingham and a superior cast, this musical is perfect holiday entertainment.

BWW Review: Senior Editor DON GRIGWARE Gives His Annual Eddon Awards in Honor of the Best in Los Angeles Theatre for 2016BWW Review: Senior Editor DON GRIGWARE Gives His Annual Eddon Awards in Honor of the Best in Los Angeles Theatre for 2016
January 3, 2017

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2016 which I did not cover. This list is based only on what I saw and reviewed. (alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed) (artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories) No set, costume, technical awards. I leave that to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner and Tony Winning Jersey Boys Star JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Continues to Rock Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Review: BWW Award Winner and Tony Winning Jersey Boys Star JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Continues to Rock Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
December 28, 2016

Actor/singerJohn Lloyd Young, best known for his Tony-winning portrayal of Frankie Valli in the original Broadway musicalJersey Boysand for his performance in the 2014 film, performs monthly at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Like all the other shows, his December 27th performance was sold out, with fans from around the globe coming out to hear his incredible voice and to purchase his solo CDMy Turn.It is absolutely amazing to see how enthusiastically the fans respond to his first entrance onstage, and how they scream and stand up after many of the show's songs. He is revered and idolized almost as much as yesteryear's Elvis or Michael Jackson. And the ladies present...I am happy to say, are not that young. They are middle age and up, some in their 60s and 70s. These ladies whoop it up and jump to their feet and feel the music. Yeah!

BWW Interview: TORUK's RON LAQUI Talks About the Show Set to Reopen SoonBWW Interview: TORUK's RON LAQUI Talks About the Show Set to Reopen Soon
December 27, 2016

Tell me about working with Cirque du Soleil. How long have you been with them? TORUK - The First Flightis my first Cirque du Soleil show. I started with the majority of artists in July of 2015. I actually first auditioned for Cirque du Soleil in 2001 and made it to their artist database in 2002. It was puppetry that finally got me to run away with the circus!

BWW Review: Sweet Loving RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL Stops at DolbyBWW Review: Sweet Loving RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL Stops at Dolby
December 27, 2016

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was immortalized in the 60s TV classic of the same name and is now full-blown in an onstage touring musical calledRudolph theRed-Nosed Reindeer The Musical.It follows the film almost to the letter with a bevy of animal characters, elves and of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. It was Mrs. Donner who gave birth to Rudolph, and to protect him from the world, his family covered up his nose... but to no avail. Now with its two-day stop at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood,Rudolph...is a delight for children with its sugar-coated, infectiously cute little story.

BWW Review: THE MESHUGANUTCRACKER! Turns the Gindi Auditorium Upside DownBWW Review: THE MESHUGANUTCRACKER! Turns the Gindi Auditorium Upside Down
December 22, 2016

Looking for a different kind of entertainment this holiday season? Well,The MeshugaNutcracker! may very well be the answer. It's a conglomeration of music from Tchaikovsky'sNutcrackerballet and an original book that incorporates eight stories of Jewish culture, making them simultaneously fun and enriching.

BWW Review: Ahmanson Welcomes Charming AMELIEBWW Review: Ahmanson Welcomes Charming AMELIE
December 19, 2016

Amelie A New Musical, based on the 2001 French filmAmelie, has a magical charm that reminds one ofMatilda, at least in the beginning scenes. We meet the young Amelie (Savvy Crawford) who enters through a picture frame (see photo at left) and proceeds to tell her story, quite sad in fact, for she is saddled with a heart condition and difficult parents who keep her isolated and unhappy. Her mother meets a tragic, almost freakish demise and Amelie is brought up by her father who lives in a world of his own. As she matures, she realizes her lot in life will be to make other people happy. Now onstage at the Ahmanson Theatre through January 15,Amelie A New Musicalhas some wonderfully imaginative moments and a sparkling cast under the fast-paced direction of Pam MacKinnon.

BWW Review: The Wondrous and Brilliant National Tour of Broadway's 2015 Revival of THE KING AND I Docks Splendiferously at the PantagesBWW Review: The Wondrous and Brilliant National Tour of Broadway's 2015 Revival of THE KING AND I Docks Splendiferously at the Pantages
December 19, 2016

A friend referred toThe King and Ias a war horse, an old chestnut, for it has surely surpassed time as an enduring musical classic, but upon seeing it again, one realizes just how potent, vibrant and topical a piece it truly is. Musicals of such depth and perspective with a keen eye to the future seem to be a thing of the past. Yes, it's a love story at the core, an unlikely one, but with many, many more levels. It entails issues of race, slavery, the urgency for a king of a tiny uncivilized kingdom to change his primitive, barbaric ways, and for his children to receive a truthful education as he embarks on assimilating 19th century Siam to western culture and civilization...and to repeat, it's a bigger-than-life love story that has become eternally revered not only for its music but for its intolerance of bigotry of any type. In this 2015 Broadway revival, currently onstage at the Hollywood Pantages Theater, nothing is lost; every gorgeous detail is present, and the story of Anna and The King is radiantly performed through January 21, 2017. In short, this production is a stunner.

BWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to CatalinaBWW Review: Broadway's Tony Winning Melba Moore Brings FOREVER MOORE to Catalina
December 12, 2016

On Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10Chris Isaacson Presentsbrought us the incomparable R&B recording artistMelba Moorewith her CD release party for 'Forever Moore' at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Moore is no stranger to Broadway audiences who remember her Tony-winning portrayal inPurlieand a string of other hits includingHair, Ain't Misbehavin', Les MiserablesandChicagoamong many others.Once you have attended one of her live concerts, you are electrified and changed for good. Moore sings passionately from the very depths of her soul. She has been known for her p



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