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Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Los Angeles!

June 7
9:07 AM 2012


Don Grigware's Top 5 Summer Theatre Recommendations in LA!

Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl is always a fun adventure with concerts in the open air (picnic suppers available to preorder for some events) from June through September, this year including The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour on June 2, Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour on June 24th, and Fireworks on July 2, 3 and 4 with Special Guest Barry Manilow. This year's Broadway show The Producers with Richard Kind and Jesse Tyler Ferguson will play July 27-29.

Theatricum Botanicum

Magnificent open air theatre on Topanga Canyon in Woodland Hills, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is a top notch ensemble led by Ellen Geer and specializing in Shakespeare’s works. This summer as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure, there’s George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House plus a couple of surprises. Check their website for schedule, as plays run in rep.

Independent Shakespeare Co

For those of you that cannot get enough Shakespeare, there’s the Independenat Shakespeare Co in Griffith Park which operates from June 28 – September 2.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival

This year’s Fringe Festival runs from June 14-24 and promises more unique excitement than ever, with one-person shows, storytelling, drama, cabaret and a special family/children’s show from the brilliant Four Clowns called That Beautiful Laugh on June 8, 16, 21 and 23. Check the following link for schedule:

Judy Garland's 90th Birthday

This June would have been Judy Garland’s 90th birthday, and to celebrate, Peter Mac is presenting a show that takes Judy at various ages and stages of her life, through vaudeville, concerts and MGM. Mac is a fabulous tribute artist that does Judy Garland like no other. At the new Peter Mac Supper Club inside the French Market in WeHo.



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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:

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 seventh 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 Two one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness were just published, also on Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.


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