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 ninth 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 both a bilingual novel about Columbia and 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 Interview: BeBe Winans Talks BORN FOR THIS at The Broad StageBWW Interview: BeBe Winans Talks BORN FOR THIS
Posted: Jun. 29, 2017


BWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 19, 2017


BWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PANBWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PAN
Posted: Jul. 17, 2017


BWw Interview: Carmen Cusack on SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIMBWw Interview: Carmen Cusack on SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
Posted: Jul. 20, 2017


BWW Review: I'M NOT FAMOUS Is a Pulsating Musical Journey with Astounding Barbara MinkusBWW Review: I'M NOT FAMOUS Is a Pulsating Musical Journey with Astounding Barbara Minkus
Posted: Jul. 24, 2017


BWW Review: Jordan Goodsell Debuts INTO LOVE at Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Review: Jordan Goodsell Debuts INTO LOVE at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
Posted: Jun. 28, 2017


BWW Review: DEBBIE...A NIGHT TO REMEMBER a Spectacular Evening at the El PortalBWW Review: DEBBIE...A NIGHT TO REMEMBER a Spectacular Evening at the El Portal
Posted: Jul. 3, 2017


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BWW Review: Timeless, Cherished WEST SIDE STORY Receives a Near to Perfect Production at La MiradaBWW Review: Timeless, Cherished WEST SIDE STORY Receives a Near to Perfect Production at La Mirada
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017


BWW Review: Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to RockwellBWW Review: Robyn Spangler Recreates Riddle & Ronstadt
Posted: Jan. 18, 2017


BWW Interview: Actress Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY and Working with Al PacinoBWW Interview: Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


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
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BWW Review: I'M NOT FAMOUS Is a Pulsating Musical Journey with Astounding Barbara MinkusBWW Review: I'M NOT FAMOUS Is a Pulsating Musical Journey with Astounding Barbara Minkus
July 24, 2017

Barbara Minkus is a dynamically talented singer/actress who commands the stage inI'm Not Famous, her latest and most complete autobiographical show. She just finished a sold-out run at the Santa Monica Playhouse where she got extended twice. I believe the show is slated to travel across country and on to New York. It definitely should, as this story is so well honed, and has universal appeal and great meaning for anyone who has ever gotten stuck along the way to fulfilling one's dreams. Minkus goes back to age 3 when she sang for the first time in Chicago. Her father owned a famous department store. She called her mother a shoplifter because they had a room in their house named the Instant Gift Room. Mom would fill it with toys, clothes and anything else she could find at the store and keep them on hand for family birthdays, bar

BWW Review:Broadway's James Snyder Performs Engaging SOLILOQUYBWW Review:Broadway's James Snyder Performs Engaging SOLILOQUY
July 24, 2017

Actor/singerJames Snyderpremiered his touring cabaret showSoliloquyat the Catalina Jazz Club under the prolific bannerChris Isaacson PresentsThursday July 20.Snyder is one of those handsome Broadway leading men whose magnetic appeal is greatly assisted not only by boyish charm but more importantly by an infectiously off beat sense of humor, unpredictability...and... he has one of the most beautifully powerhouse tenor/baritone voices onstage anywhere. I can only think of one or two otherswho fillthe bill as completely well as Snyder.

BWw Interview: Carmen Cusack on SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIMBWw Interview: Carmen Cusack on SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
July 20, 2017

Actress/singer Carmen Cusack has graced stages across the country with her beautiful singing voice in the latest revival of South Pacific and more recently in LA at the Wallis Annenberg in Scorsese: Requiem for an American Dream. She took time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about Sondheim on Sondheim a brand new concert, of which she is a part, to be presented at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday July 23.

BWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena Playhouse
July 19, 2017

Actress/singer Tracy Nicole Chapman is best known for originating the role of Shenziin the Broadwayproduction of The Lion King. She also appeared on Broadway in The Who's Tommy, Caroline, or Change andCy Coleman's The Life. Other theatre credits include the Broadway revivalsof How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Music Man, and Into the Woods. She also toured with Jelly's Last Jam, Dreamgirlsand Once on This Island. She is about to star in a world premiere musical Shout, Sister, Shout! about the life of gospel singer Rosetta Tharpe. Chapman took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about the musical and playing Rosetta Tharpe.

BWW Interview: Playwright Brian J. Polak In ROAD PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVALBWW Interview: Playwright Brian J. Polak In ROAD PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVAL
July 19, 2017

This year's festival will include a 50/50 parity of male and female playwrights and runs Sunday, July 3Oththrough Sunday, August 6that The Road on Lankershim, in the Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood at 5108 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood and at The Road on Magnolia at 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood at the NoHo Arts Colony! We will feature spotlights on all the playwrights of full length and one act plays over the next few weeks. This week the spotlight shines on Brian James Polak, author of the full-length play Henry and the Hippocampus*.

BWW Review: Dynamic Kay Cole Soars with SOUVENIRBWW Review: Dynamic Kay Cole Soars with SOUVENIR
July 17, 2017

It is great to see an artist ofKay Cole's caliber perform her very first solo cabaret at a later stage of life. This woman has done TV, film, Broadway, national tours; she has directed both musicals and plays, choreographed...and now has releasedSouvenir,her very first solo CD and achieved a glorious cabaret debut at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal on Sunday July 16. The show also calledSouvenir, which ran under an hour, was directed by Cole's long-time friend the wonderful Bruce Kimmel and musically directed by the fabulous John Boswell, who accompanied her on the piano throughout. Kay Cole has a lot to tell about her life and care

BWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PANBWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PAN
July 17, 2017

Cabrillo, Thousand Oaks/directed by Yvette Lawrence/choreographed by Cheryl Baxter/through July 23 Peter Panis a story filled with wonderment, and a total joy to behold onstage. Children of all ages love the idea of being able to fly and to live freely, without attachments or responsibilities. With the right casting, the show is pure magic. Now onstage through July 23 at Cabrillo Music Theatre, soon to be renamed 5 Star Theatricals,Peter Pan will never grow up, thank heavens! In this case there is not a famous star attached to the role.Carly Braccois an immmensely talented singer, dancer, and actress who toured extensively with Cathy Rigby and played Wendy. She brings so much of herself to the role and is so much fun to watch, that nothing is lacking, making thisPeter Pana first class production.

BWW Interview: Road Member Ann Hearn Submits One Act to the PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVALBWW Interview: Road Member Ann Hearn Submits One Act to the PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVAL
July 13, 2017

This year's festival will include a 50/50 parity of male and female playwrights and runs Sunday, July 3Oththrough Sunday, August 6that The Road on Lankershim, in the Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood at 5108 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood and at The Road on Magnolia at 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood at the NoHo Arts Colony! We will feature spotlights on all the playwrights of full length and one act plays over the next few weeks. This week the spotlight shines on Ann Hearn, author of the one act Requiem for Stuart*.

BWW Review: Rutanya Alda's MOMMIE DEAREST DIARY a Delicious and Honest Behind the Scenes Look at the 1981 FilmBWW Review: Rutanya Alda's MOMMIE DEAREST DIARY a Delicious and Honest Behind the Scenes Look at the 1981 Film
July 11, 2017

Remember the 1981 film of Christina Crawford's bookMommie Dearest? Do you remember the actress who played Crawford's invaluable and devoted assistant Carol Ann? It wasRutanya Alda,and she's written a day by day diary of the filming of this cult classic. How delicious! All the gossipy dirt about Faye Dunaway and everyone else connected to the movie like Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva and director Frank Perry. Alda is honest and tells it like it was. If Dunaway was pleasant, she says so; if she was in a bitchy mood, she paints that as well.

BWW Review: Creativity Flourishes with MOONLIGHT SESSIONSBWW Review: Creativity Flourishes with MOONLIGHT SESSIONS
July 11, 2017

International jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley has done it again. Her newest projectThe Moonlight Sessions Volume Oneis a knockout with some of the finest orchestrations and vocal arrangements to be heard anywhere ... period. This is her fourth major album in five years, withVolume Twoto be released in August. Stanley puts a lot of love into the enterprise; this goes without saying. Especially with ths project which had its beginning on FB with a secret society of members who helped with the promotion. She generated interest by letting FB members join and then make decisions about the choice of songs and the recording and engineering processes. Their d

BWW Review: Captivating HEISENBERG Lands at the TaperBWW Review: Captivating HEISENBERG Lands at the Taper
July 10, 2017

After a successful run in New York, off and on Broadway, Simon Stephens' curiously captivatingHeisenbergtakes a bow at the MTF through August 6 with its two stars Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker still on board. The time is the present. Alex Priest (Arndt) and Georgie Burns (Parker) meet by accident - or do they? - in a train station in London. She starts chatting a mile a minute as he listens practically in complete silence. Both are terribly lonely souls, as it turns out. At first glance, Georgie tells Alex that she is an assassin and laughs if off claiming to be a waitress. Later she confesses to being a receptionist in a school. He truthfully tells her he's a butcher. She had a brief unhappy marriage to a philanderer and had a son by

BWW Review: DEBBIE...A NIGHT TO REMEMBER a Spectacular Evening at the El PortalBWW Review: DEBBIE...A NIGHT TO REMEMBER a Spectacular Evening at the El Portal
July 3, 2017

Fans of the unforgettableDebbie Reynoldsand members of the Thalians, an organization she helped found,flocked to the El Portal Friday June 30 for a dedication of the mainstage and grand party to celebrate her life and career. It was an SRO event, with celebrity guests, whose proceeds benefited the great charity work of the Thalians - 'Hollywood for Mental Health', to which Reynolds devoted tirelessly of herself since its inception in 1955. Debbie had history with the El Portal. It was one of her favorite venues, as she used to ride her bicycle there to go to the movies as a young girl living in Burbank...and she performed there with her fabulous night blub act and the playLove Letters46 times between 2003 and 2015 So, it is totally apropo to name the mainstage in honor of this great star and humanitarian.

BWW Interview: BeBe Winans Talks BORN FOR THIS at The Broad StageBWW Interview: BeBe Winans Talks BORN FOR THIS at The Broad Stage
June 29, 2017

Benjamin, 'BeBe' Winans, six-time Grammy Award winner, is the seventh child and youngest male of the the Detroit based first family of gospel music. BeBe is known as an inspirational, R&B, and popular vocalist, songwriter, and producer as well as an Executive Music Producer for the OWN Network's latest scripted series, 'Greenleaf'; host of his own radio show on the Heart & Soul Channel (68) on Sirius/XM Radio Networks on Sunday Mornings (9am ET/7am PT); renowned as the breakthrough artist to bridge the language of his roots in the church with a chart-topping, Award-winning career spanning audiences universally throughout all genres; author; Actor in motion pictures including friend Denzel Washington's,'The Manchurian Candidate'; and star of productions like Broadway's Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple with Chaka Khan amongst his credits. Teaming with his younger sister, Priscilla 'CeCe', the duo first began crossing lines as 'adopted children' of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on the PTL television show. Their first tour, on which Whitney Houston proclaimed herself their 'sister' and sang background for the siblings, set the tone for a very special career.

BWW Review: Jordan Goodsell Debuts INTO LOVE at Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Review: Jordan Goodsell Debuts INTO LOVE at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
June 28, 2017

It's always a pleasure to come to a cabaret debut and have a far greater experience than expected. Such was the case when I attendedJordan Goodsell: Into Loveon Monday June 26 at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. I had seenGoodsellin 3-D Theatricals'The Addams Familya few years back, but, frankly, it was an ensemble role, and not enough to give me an indication of his exorbitant talent. He is currently a big hit inFrozen: The Musical Live at the Hyperionfor Disney Theatrical Productions at Disney Resort in Anaheim. It's no wonder as this handsome six foot 24 year-old has a magnetic appeal. And then when he opens his mouth to sing, what comes out of his baritone/tenor range is a powerhouse voice that commands atention.

BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As Part of the Hollywood FringeBWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As Part of the Hollywood Fringe
June 26, 2017

Described as 'an evening of song, dance and holiday cheer in support of the 'Force Feed the World' charity fund',A Harmony Boys Christmasas a musical satire revels in being politically incorrect. It concentrates on traditions like Santa Claus coming down the chimney, crackers - fun toys that are popular with the Brits - and even the birth of the 'Sweet Little Jesus Boy' and tears them all to shreds.

BWW Review: Brilliant ReImagined OKLAHOMA! at 3-D TheatricalsBWW Review: Brilliant ReImagined OKLAHOMA! at 3-D Theatricals
June 20, 2017

WhenOklahoma!was first produced on Broadway in 1943 it became the first smash hit for the newly formed collaborating team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and was also the first real book musical, preceded only byShowboat. It was a breakthrough musical, which when given a first-class production, is still, some 74 years later, without question, one of the greatest American musicals ever written. 'The Farmer and the Cowman' truly represents the philosophy of what America is all about, a unity and pride that is unmistakable.Oklahoma!is currently onstage in Redondo Beach, directed byT.J. Dawson, artistic director of 3-D Theatricals. He has beautifully succeeded in reimaginingOklahoma!for the 21st century. In the 40s it was not appropriate to portray racism onstage the way it clearly existed. Modern audiences, however, demand that musicals go a giant step further and explore life in all its complexities. I can thruthfully state that thisOklahoma!is quite unlike any production you have ever seen....and that means you should put it at the top of your must-see list. Our country has always been referred to as a melting pot culture. The expression rings in this produciton ofOklahoma!There's Ali Hakim (Drew Boudreau), the traveling pedlar, who sets his eyes on Ado Annie (Kelley Dorney). He is Persian. And in this production Jud Fry is African American (played by Rufus Bonds, Jr.). His hidden affections for Laurey (Julia Aks) are not only difficult for her to accept because of his low class, rough and cruel behavior, but being black in 1906 made you ... intolerable. Casting Fry as black adds a whole other dimension to the story. Fry seems beleaguered by previous war inju

BWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDERBWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDER
June 20, 2017

Bruce Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, "The First Nudie Musical." He also co-created the story for the hit film, "The Faculty," directed by Robert Rodriguez. As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s. Mr. Kimmel is a legendary Grammy-nominated producer of theatre music on CD, having produced over 180 albums. Most recently he has directed the shows L.A. Now and Then, Hit Song, The Musical, Welcome to My World, Li'l Abner, and Inside Out. Mr. Kimmel is the author of seventeen books, many musicals, and is an award-winning songwriter. Bruce Kimmel serves as director on the Group Rep's upcoming production of Frederick Knott's mystery thriller Dial "M" for Murder which opens on the Main Stage, June 30th,at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood at the edge of the NoHo Arts District. Written by Steve Peterson

BWW Review: Hollywood Fringe Cheers HELLO AGAIN! THE SONGS OF ALLAN SHERMANBWW Review: Hollywood Fringe Cheers HELLO AGAIN! THE SONGS OF ALLAN SHERMAN
June 12, 2017

Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman/conceived, written & produced by Linden Waddell/musical direction and accompaniment by Marjorie Poe/directed and choreographed by Janet Miller/Asylum @ Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre/remaining performances in June: Sunday 6/18 at 4 pm; Thursday 6/22 at 7 pm; and Saturday 6/24 at 11:30 am Sherman (below)

BWW Review: Davis Gaines Steals MAN OF LA MANCHA at La MiradaBWW Review: Davis Gaines Steals MAN OF LA MANCHA at La Mirada
June 5, 2017

As many times as I seeMan of La Mancha,I relish the music and high dramatic moments of this classic piece of theatre. Such is the case when the production is top notch, with the perfect actors and highly skilled direction. La Mirada's current revival is top of the line with director Glenn Casale leaving his usual stamp of excellence. The beauty ofMan of La Manchaas a musical is that the story is never dated; it lives and breathes in the moment. When it premiered on Broadway in the 1960s it was a winner and now, almost 60 years later, it is just as engrossing. Madness is always fun to play with. What is madness? And...what is normality? There's a fine line between Quijote's crazy behavior and the deceptive politician, say, who defines himself as a seeker of equality. When we see things as they really are, it is too painful, intolerab

BWW Review: Donna McKechnie Brings Joyful SAME PLACE ANOTHER TIME to LABWW Review: Donna McKechnie Brings Joyful SAME PLACE ANOTHER TIME to LA
May 30, 2017

Someone once asked me what the key is to a good cabaret performance. My answer? First, the performer should be an experienced actor and really know him or herself in depth. He must separate his own personality from every role played on stage. Cabaret audiences want to see something special, a glow from the inside that makes the person take hold of the moment and run with it. Nobody does this better thanDonna McKechnie, Tony Award winner forA Chorus Line, whose vibrant persona adds warmth to every moment that she is in our presence. To me she is practically the same off stage as on; maybe that's the key, just being your true joyful self.



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