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Don Grigware

Don Grigware Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and 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 sixth 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.
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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Reviews: LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2015 Gets Off to a Riproaring StartBWW Reviews: LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2015
Posted: Jan. 6, 2015


BWW Reviews: NITA WHITAKER: ALL THAT MATTERS Sparkles at Sterling'sBWW Reviews: NITA WHITAKER: ALL THAT MATTERS Sparkles at Sterling's
Posted: Jan. 20, 2015


BWW Reviews: PINK MARTINI a Colorful NYE at Disney Concert HallBWW Reviews: PINK MARTINI a Colorful NYE at Disney Concert Hall
Posted: Jan. 2, 2015


BWW Reviews: WE3KINGS Rings In New Year at the El PortalBWW Reviews: WE3KINGS Rings In New Year at the El Portal
Posted: Dec. 30, 2014


BWW News: Carly Robyn Green to Perform at RockwellBWW News: Carly Robyn Green to Perform at Rockwell
Posted: Jan. 22, 2015


BWW Reviews: Candlelight Pavilion's BUDDY HOLLY STORY RocksBWW Reviews: BUDDY HOLLY STORY
Posted: Jan. 20, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEARTBWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEART
Posted: Jul. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert HallBWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Posted: Mar. 26, 2014


BWW Reviews: Singer JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Brings An Evening for Friends to Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Reviews: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Rocks Sterling's
Posted: Oct. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEBWW Reviews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Posted: Nov. 18, 2014


BWW Interviews: Illustrious DICK CAVETT in Hellman v. McCarthyBWW Interviews: Illustrious DICK CAVETT in Hellman v. McCarthy
January 29, 2015

Author/actor/TV talk show host Dick Cavett will star at Theatre 40 in the controversial play Hellman v. McCarthy beginning February 6. Cavett is best known for his TV talk shows from the 70s to present time on CBS, ABC, PBS, USA Network and currently on TCM hosting reruns of his classic 70s interviews. He is known for his laid-back conversational style with such celebrities as Groucho Marx, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Benny and Mel Brooks among many others. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner. He also currently writes a blog published by the New York Times.
BWW Reviews: Welk Escondido Does a Fine KING AND IBWW Reviews: Welk Escondido Does a Fine KING AND I
January 27, 2015

A friend referred to The King and I as 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. At Welk Resort, Escondido, Joshua Carr has staged generously yet simply, the result of which is a truly stellar production of the story of Anna and The King performed through April 5
BWW News: Carly Robyn Green to Perform at RockwellBWW News: Carly Robyn Green to Perform at Rockwell
January 22, 2015

BWW Interviews: TANNA FREDERICK on Train to ZakopaneBWW Interviews: TANNA FREDERICK on Train to Zakopane
January 22, 2015

Versatile actress Tanna Frederick, who played the quintessential Lizzie in The Rainmaker a couple of seasons back, is now performing in another Henry Jaglom production, his world premiere play The Train to Zakopane again at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. In our chat she talks about the challenges of playing Katia and other projects for stage and film.
BWW Reviews: NITA WHITAKER: ALL THAT MATTERS Sparkles at Sterling'sBWW Reviews: NITA WHITAKER: ALL THAT MATTERS Sparkles at Sterling's
January 20, 2015

On Sunday evening January 18 the beautiful songstress Nita Whitaker brought her inimitable style and warmth to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in a new show entitled All That Matters. Backed by musical director Nelson Kole at the piano and a three-piece combo, Whitaker spoke of the value of love and sang about it via a precious collection of songs both old and new. On hand were her two daughters Elyse and Skye LaFontaine, who joined their mother in a few of her original compositions.
BWW Reviews: Candlelight Pavilion's BUDDY HOLLY STORY RocksBWW Reviews: Candlelight Pavilion's BUDDY HOLLY STORY Rocks
January 20, 2015

One of the first - if not the first jukebox musicals, The Buddy Holly Story is short on plot and high on the unique rock and roll music of Buddy Holly. This is my second time seeing the show - I first saw it on its American tour in 1999. The music I grew up with in the 50s is so appealing, that I sing along to every tune and move and groove in my seat from start to finish. If you are of that nature - and it seemed that many in the audience on opening weekend fit the bill - then you will have a really good time at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre through February 22. Remember, it's enjoyable fare with no need to think, just set your mind to the relax mode!
BWW Reviews: LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2015 Gets Off to a Riproaring StartBWW Reviews: LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2015 Gets Off to a Riproaring Start
January 6, 2015

Loosely patterned after 'an audition process', this 9th annual fully produced event is geared to discovering new talent between the ages of 18 and 32 for the musical theatre stage.
BWW Reviews: PINK MARTINI a Colorful NYE at Disney Concert HallBWW Reviews: PINK MARTINI a Colorful NYE at Disney Concert Hall
January 2, 2015

Just how amazing is the music made by Pink Martini? Well, judging from their recent appearance on New Year's Eve December 31 at Walt Disney Concert Hall - and this was not their first NYE appearance in this venue - pretty awesome! How many other orchestras do you know that play such a mix of genres; classical, jazz and pop...and in so many different languages within the same program? Pink Martini is unique in that respect and they know how to rivet and hold an audience spellbound for 100 minutes.
BWW Reviews: WE3KINGS Rings In New Year at the El PortalBWW Reviews: WE3KINGS Rings In New Year at the El Portal
December 30, 2014

Akin to a Las Vegas show, We 3 Kings works dynamically as a showcase for its 3 artists: Luca Ellis, Shawn Klush and Brandon Michael Jones, especially for Jones, currently considered the premiere tribute artist of Michael Jackson. Now onstage at the El Portal in NoHo through New Year's Eve, it's enjoyable fare for those of us who grew up with and lived through the music of all three. Frank Sinatra (Luca Ellis) was the King of Swing of the 40s on up, Elvis Presley (Shawn Klush) the King of Rock and Roll in the 50s and Michael Jackson (Jones) the King of Pop commencing in the 60s as the tiniest member of The Jackson 5 (Jacquez Shanigan).
BWW Reviews: GRIGWARE Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2014BWW Reviews: GRIGWARE Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2014
December 26, 2014

The Best in LA Theatre for 2014 (alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed) (artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories)
BWW Reviews: CORTES ALEXANDER Returns to Sterling's with a Bag Full of Surprises for a SWELL NOELBWW Reviews: CORTES ALEXANDER Returns to Sterling's with a Bag Full of Surprises for a SWELL NOEL
December 24, 2014

On Monday December 22 the terribly amusing song stylist Cortes Alexander presented his annual Swell Noel to an uber packed house at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Alexander has such frenetic energy and charm that, and I've said this before, you just want to wrap him up. What a joyous Christmas present...and with his two glorious backup singers, the Swell Girls Melissa Bailey and Julie Gar
BWW Reviews: Singer LAURA DICKINSON Rocks CD Release Party at Vitello'sBWW Reviews: Singer LAURA DICKINSON Rocks CD Release Party at Vitello's
December 17, 2014

On Monday, December 15 exciting singer Laura Dickinson brought her CD release party One For My Baby to Upstairs at Vitello's. It was a packed house and Dickinson, needless to say, blew the roof off the joint with her dynamic delivery, oozing charm and warmth from every pore. Not only is she beautiful, but oh so terribly engaging as she grabs hold of you and won't let go. Her special guest Mel Collins, who opened the show, called her 'masterful'; I'll go a step further and add 'captivating and spellbinding'. She's a singer to be reckoned with!
BWW Reviews: Ahmanson Welcomes Coward's Ageless BLITHE SPIRITBWW Reviews: Ahmanson Welcomes Coward's Ageless BLITHE SPIRIT
December 16, 2014

Noel Coward wrote in a song, 'If love were all, I should be lonely', declaring the impossibility of romantic love. He continued this theme onstage in Private Lives, and on screen in Brief Encounter and once again in his most produced play internationally Blithe Spirit, now onstage in a sterling production at the Ahmanson through January 18, and starring the one and only Angela Lansbury.
BWW Reviews: SLEEPING BEAUTY Awakens Joyfully at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Reviews: SLEEPING BEAUTY Awakens Joyfully at Pasadena Playhouse
December 16, 2014

For the last few years the uber talented Lythgoe family have been entertaining us at Christmastime, first at the El Portal in NoHo and now at the Pasadena Playhouse with a British style panto. A panto is an interactive entertainment that starts with a very contemporary retelling of a fairy tale such as Snow White, Cinderella, or in this case Sleeping Beauty and turns it into a fun imaginative show with music that will appeal to both children and their parents. There's usually an actor in drag (outrageous David Engel as Nanny Tickle, Aurora's nanny), a villain or villainess (Lucy Lawless as Carabosse))... and audience are encouraged to root for the heroes and HISS loudly at the villains. Lawless tries to sway and seize control over the audience by singing 'One Way or
BWW Interviews: CHRIS VERDUGO and JOE NADEAU of GMCLABWW Interviews: CHRIS VERDUGO and JOE NADEAU of GMCLA
December 11, 2014

Executive director Chris Verdugo and artistic director/conductor Joe Nadeau of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) are busy these days getting ready for the big holiday concert to take place this weekend Saturday December 13 at 3 pm and 8 pm and Sunday December 14 at 3 pm at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
BWW Reviews: Ellen Greene Sets CD Aglow: SONGS FOR A WINTER'S NIGHTBWW Reviews: Ellen Greene Sets CD Aglow: SONGS FOR A WINTER'S NIGHT
December 9, 2014

Few singers have the expertly unique phrasing or deeply felt emotional delivery of Ellen Greene. She is a one.of.a.kind first class gem and after 10 long years, has finally released a second CD entitled Songs for a Winter's Night with her terrific musical partner Christian Klikovits at the piano. Fans of Greene will remember that in 2004 they collaborated on her first solo album the evocative In His Eyes.
BWW Reviews: KRITZERLAND CHRISTMAS Puts the Jolly in Your HollyBWW Reviews: KRITZERLAND CHRISTMAS Puts the Jolly in Your Holly
December 9, 2014

The cast of fantastic singers included Kim Huber, Robert Yacko, Madison Claire Parks, Roger Befeler, special guest Jason Graae, and young singers Sami and Sarah Staitman, Brennley Brown, Paige Befeler and 10 year-old Hadley Belle Miller. Virtuoso pianist James Lent served as musical director for the event headed up by host Bruce Kimmel, who was in especially good form about to celebrate a birthday on December 8.
BWW Reviews: STRIKING 12 Takes You on a Unique and Entertaining JourneyBWW Reviews: STRIKING 12 Takes You on a Unique and Entertaining Journey
December 9, 2014

Loud repetitious music usually is a turnoff to me, in spite of the fact that the rock and roll of the 60s and 70s constitutes a large part of my musical background. I grew up listening to it and like much of it, but in later years have narrowed my preferences to pop standards, jazz and Broadway fare, which always make me happy. Although Irish, I have learned to love Celtic music more recently; since Once, I have become increasingly enamored of that sound especially at Christmas. When you add violin to keyboard, drums and guitar, as do the creators of Striking 12, now in its Orange County premiere at the Laguna Playhouse through December 28, you get that joyful sound loud and clear, and that plus the brilliance of the four musicians/actors (Brent Schindele ...
BWW Interviews: Actor CHARLES EDWARDS Discusses Blithe Spirit and Angela LansburyBWW Interviews: Actor CHARLES EDWARDS Discusses Blithe Spirit and Angela Lansbury
December 9, 2014

Actor Charles Edwards, known for his roles in Batman Returns and Downton Abbey, will appear in Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury at the Ahmanson opening December 14. In our conversation he talks about the play, working with Miss Lansbury and other highlights of his career so far.
BWW Reviews: SHAWN RYAN'S Merry Little ChristmasBWW Reviews: SHAWN RYAN'S Merry Little Christmas
December 5, 2014

Shawn Ryan sparkles onstage just by being himself. Of course, he exaggerates a tad. Every actor/comedian does. But, it is Ryan's genuine likability that makes him shine. He is self-deprecating, willing to go all the way with a joke or gag, and within the boundaries that he creates, his four-letter words and raw sex talk seem almost as sweet and endearing as apple pie. Honestly, I never heard him curse, it all sounded so natural.


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