DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

The Best in LA Theatre for 2015

DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2015 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, or technical awards. I leave that to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.

BEST PRODUCTIONS

DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

(The) Baker's Wife - Actors Co-op

Bent - Mark Taper Forum

Billy Elliot The Musical - La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts

(The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

Carrie The Killer Musical Experience - La Mirada/Los Angeles Theatre

Cash on Delivery - El Portal Mainstage

Cinderella - Ahmanson

Closer Than Ever - Good People Theatre Co at Hollywood Piano, Burbank

(A) Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Crown City Theatre

Guys and Dolls - Group Center Theatre (GCT)

Hit the Wall - LGBT, Hollywood

Jesus Christ Superstar - DOMA Theatre

Murder for Two - Geffen

My Fair Lady - Musical Theatre West (MTW)

Newsies - Pantages

The Night Alive - Geffen

Picnic - Antaeus Theatre Co

Side Show - 3-D Theatricals

(The) Sound of Music - Ahmanson

Spring Awakening - Wallis Annenberg Theatre

Sweeney Todd - Monroe Forum Theatre, El Portal

Switzerland - Geffen

Train to Zakopane - Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica

Verdigris - Theatre West

(The) Winning Streak - Group rep

    BEST PRODUCTIONS - Dinner Theatre

    Lawrence Welk Theatre, Escondido: Hello Dolly!/ (The) King and I

    Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont: In the Heights/ West Side Story

    DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

    FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SHOWS

    (A) Christmas Memory - Sierra Madre Playhouse

    GMCLA's Holiday Spectacular: Brassy, Classy & Sassy

    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Motown - Troubies at the Falcon Theatre

      UNIQUE or SPECIAL EVENTS

      Always Patsy Cline - Sierra Madre Playhouse

      Dame Edna's Glorious Goodbye Farewell Tour -Ahmanson

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      El Grande Circus de Coca Cola - Colony Theatre

      Hellman v McCarthy - Theatre 40

      Kurios - Cirque du Soleil - LA Dodger Stadium

      Laura Dickinson 17 - El Portal Mainstage

      (A) Lovely Lineage -Kristin Towers Rowles -Sierra Madre Playhouse

      S/he & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret -Alex Billings -CSULB Theatre Arts/CaRep Co, Long Beach

      BEST DIRECTOR: PLAY

      Randall Arney - (The) Night Alive - Geffen

      Mark Brokaw - Switzerland - Geffen

      Ray Cooney - Cash on Delivery - El Portal

      Gary Imhoff - Train to Zakopane - Edgemar

      Moises Kaufman - Bent - Mark Taper Forum

      Ken Sawyer - Hit the Wall - LGBT

      Scott Schwartz - Murder for Two - Geffen

        BEST DIRECTOR: MUSICAL

        Michael Arden - Spring Awakening - Wallis Annenberg

        Mark Brokaw - Cinderella - Ahmanson

        T.J. Dawson - Side Show - 3-D Theatricals

        David Engel - Seussical The Musical - 3-D Theatricals

        Bruce Kimmel - Inside Out - Grove Center Theatre, Burbank

        Brian Kite - Billy Elliot - La Mirada

        Jack O'Brien - (The) Sound of Music - Ahmanson

        Tyne Rafaeli (for Bartlett Sher) - (The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

        Brady Schwind - Carrie The Killer Musical Experience- La Mirada/Los Angeles Theatre

        Kristin Towers Rowles - Sweeney Todd - El Portal

        Joel Zwick - Serrano the Musical - Matrix

        MOST PROMISING NEW PLAY

        Appropriate - by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins - MTForum

        Bad Jews - by Joshua Harmon - Geffen

        (The) Christians - by Lucas Hnath - MTForum

        Class - by Charles Evered - Falcon

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        Miserable with an Ocean View - by Howard Skora - Whitefire

        Tiger by the Tail - by Frawley Becker - Group rep

        Wonderful Life - by Helen Pafumi & Jason Lott - Malibu Playhouse

          MOST PROMISING NEW MUSICAL

          Adam & Eve and Steve: book by Chandler Warren/music by Wayne Moore-NoHo Arts Center

          The Fabulous Lipitones: book by John Markus & Mark St.Germain/ incidental music by Randy Courts & St. Germain-Colony

          Serrano The Musical: book & lyrics by Madeline Sunshine/music by Robert Tepper-Matrix

          DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

          BEST ENSEMBLE: PLAY

          Appropriate - MTForum

          Bent - MTForum

          Cash on Delivery - El Portal Mainstage

          HomeFree - The Road Theatre, Magnolia

          Hit the Wall - LGBT

          DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

          Lombardi - Group rep

          (The) Night Alive - Geffen

          Picnic - Antaeus

          Real Women Have Curves - Pasadena Playhouse

          Tiger by the Tail - Group rep

          Verdigris - Theatre West

            BEST ENSEMBLE: MUSICAL

            (The) Baker's Wife - Actors Co-op

            (The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

            Carrie the Killer Musical - La Mirada/LA Theatre

            Closer Than Ever - Hollywood Piano

            Inside Out - Grove Center Theatre

            Newsies - Pantages

            Nunsense - Crown

            Serrano The Musical - Matrix

            Side Show - 3-D Theatricals

            Singin' in the Rain - MTW

            (The) Sound of Music - Ahmanson

            Spring Awakening - Wallis Annenberg

              BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

              Josh Adamson/Bets Malone - Big Fish - Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista

              Richard Bermudez/Victoria Strong - (The) King and I - Welk Resort, Escondido

              Misty Cotton/Emily Lopez - Carrie - La Mirada/LA Theatre

              Nikki D' Amico/Cori Cable Kidder - Almost Patsy Cline - Sierra Madre

              Laura Dickinson/Richard Bermudez - Evita - Candlelight

              Molly Ephraim - Bad Jews - Geffen

              Cynthia Ferrer/Randy Doney - Hello Dolly! - Welk Resort, Escondido

              Tanna Frederick/Mike Falkow - Train to Zakopane - Edgemar

              Taylor Gilbert - The Other Place - The Road, Magnolia

              Renee Gorsey - The American Dream - Group rep

              Gildart Jackson/Callie Schuttera - Class - Falcon

              Martin Kildare/Katharine McDonough - My Fair Lady - MTW

              Douglas Ladnier/Alison England - Sweeney Todd - Monroe, El Portal

              Laura Linney/Seth Numrich - Switzerland - Geffen

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              Heather Lundstadt/Robert Standley - Guys and Dolls - GCT

              Idina Menzel - If/Then - Pantages

              Joanna Miles/David Selby - Front Door Open - Greenway Court

              Alessa Neeck/Christopher Carl - South Pacific - MTW

              Paul Vincent O'Connor/Fiona O'Shaughnessy - (The) Night Alive - Geffen

              Lloyd Pedersen/Daniel Sykes - (The) Winning Streak - Group rep

              Flora Plumb/Marcia Rodd - Hellman v McCarthy - Theatre 40

              Cathy Rigby - Seussical - 3D Theatricals - Fullerton/Redondo

              Kristin Towers Rowles/Jahmaul Bakare - Violet - Monroe, El Portal

              Brett Ryback/Jeff Blumenkrantz - Murder for Two - Geffen

              Bryce Ryness - Matilda - Ahmanson

              DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

              Elizabeth Stanley/Andrew Samonsky - (The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

              Mitchell Tobin/Vicki Lewis - Billy Elliot - La Mirada

              Marcelo Tubert - El Grande Circus de Coca Cola - Colony

              Karen Volpe - 9 to 5 - GCT

              BEST FEATURED PERFORMANCE

              Cathy Arden - Train to Zakopane - Edgemar

              Janna Cardia, Claire Adams - Assassins - Red Blanket Productions with Punk Monkey Productions at Pico Playhouse

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              Patrick Cummings - South Pacific - MTW

              Chad Doreck/Valerie Perri - Serrano The Musical - Matrix

              Drew Droege/Patty McCormack - Miserable with an Ocean View - Whitefire Theatre

              Diane Frank - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Group rep

              Chelsea Emma Franko/Tracy Lore - Company - Cabrillo

              Matthew Hancock /Charlotte Gulezian/Kristina Johnson - Hit the Wall - LGBT

              Shannon Holt/Rhonda Aldrich - Picnic - Antaeus

              Jake Kitchin - Billy Elliot - La Mirada

              Quinn Mattfeld/Cassie Silva - Matilda - Ahmanson

              M. Rowan Meyer - Hellman v McCarthy - Theatre 40

              Ann Myers - Guys and Dolls - GCT

              Kayla Parker/Lynn Randall - Carrie - La Mirada/LA Theatre

              Jeremy Saje - JC Superstar - DOMA

              Nick Ullett - Enter Laughing - Wallis Annenberg

              BEST SOLO SHOW: MALE

              Jack Lemmon Returns - Chris Lemmon - The Broad, Santa Monica

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              BEST SOLO SHOW: FEMALE

              (A) Carlin Home Companion/Growing Up with George-Kelly Carlin-Falcon

              BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: MALE

              Aaron Akins - Into the Cole - E-Spot Lounge, Vitello's

              Tom Ameen - E-Spot Lounge

              Kevin Earley - On the Record - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

              Bill A. Jones - Frank, Bobby & Me! - E-Spot Lounge

              Mark Arthur Miller - Soul Searching - Sterling's

              Ben Vereen - Catalina Jazz Club

              DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

              BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: FEMALE

              Megan Hilty - Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal State Northridge

              Michele Lee - Catalina Jazz Club

              Candy Milo - If She Taps, You're F--ked- Sterling's

              Barbara Minkus - It's All About Love - St. Mark's, Glendale

              Diane Vincent - Diane & Lucy & Betty: A One Woman Show - Sterling's

              Nita Whitaker - All That Matters - Sterling's

              BEST CD

              DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

              ARIA - home

              Judy Norton - Reflections

              Jeanne Page - Reboot

              Lyn Stanley - Interludes

              BEST BOOK

              Noel, Tallulah, Cole and Me: A Memoir of Broadway's Golden Age - by John C. Wilson with Thomas S. Hischak and Jack Macauley -Rowan & Littlefield

              BEST THEATRICAL SEASON

              Center Theatre Group - Mark Taper Forum

              DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015

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