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 tenth 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 2018 and beyond for more fun and games!



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BWW Review: MTW's OLIVER! Exudes Thrill and JoyBWW Review: MTW's OLIVER! Exudes Thrill and Joy
Posted: Feb. 12, 2019


BWW Review: LIGHTS OUT Is an Entertaining TantalizerBWW Review: LIGHTS OUT Is an Entertaining Tantalizer
Posted: Feb. 14, 2019


BWW Review: An Emotionally Gripping TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Candlelight PavilionBWW Review: An Emotionally Gripping TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Candlelight Pavilion
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019


BWW Review: Betty Buckley a Glorious Dolly LeviBWW Review: Betty Buckley a Glorious Dolly Levi
Posted: Jan. 31, 2019


BWW Review: It Is Easy To See Why ANNA KARENINA Is Rarely RevivedBWW Review: It Is Easy To See Why ANNA KARENINA Is Rarely Revived
Posted: Feb. 11, 2019


BWW Review: Group Rep Goes Deep South with LAUNDRY AND BOURBON and LONE STARBWW Review: Group Rep Goes Deep South with LAUNDRY AND BOURBON and LONE STAR
Posted: Jan. 28, 2019


BWW review: Susan Edwards Martin Knocks Her First Solo Cabaret Show Out of the ParkBWW review: Susan Edwards Martin Knocks Her First Solo Cabaret Show Out of the Park
Posted: Feb. 5, 2019


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BWW Interview: Director Michael Arden Talks Upcoming ANNIE at the Hollywood BowlBWW Interview: Director Michael Arden Talks Upcoming ANNIE at the Hollywood Bowl
Posted: Jul. 16, 2018


Exclusive: Susan Egan Talks Reprising Belle In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in CaliforniaExclusive: Susan Egan Talks Reprising Belle In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in California
Posted: Jul. 10, 2018


BWW Review: Kiki Ebsen Presents a Rich Tribute to Her Dad Buddy EbsenBWW Review: Kiki Ebsen Presents a Rich Tribute to Her Dad Buddy Ebsen
Posted: Oct. 15, 2018


BWW Review: The Controversy Regarding LOVE NEVER DIESBWW Review: The Controversy Regarding LOVE NEVER DIES
Posted: Apr. 10, 2018


BWW Review: Susan Egan Returns Triumphantly to BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Review: Susan Egan Returns Triumphantly to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Posted: Jul. 23, 2018


BWW Review: LIGHTS OUT Is an Entertaining Tantalizer
February 14, 2019

Lights Out: Nat 'King' Cole/book by Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor/music supervision:John McDaniel/directed by Patricia McGregor/Geffen/Gil Cates Theater/through March 17 A much anticipated musical in Los Angeles has beenLights Out: Nat 'King' Cole,which has received previous tryouts back east. Penned by Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor, who also directs the piece, the show is supposedly based on real facts from Cole's life and includes most of his standard hits arranged by John McDaniel. Currently onstage at the Gil CatesTheater of the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood,Lights Outis spectacular entertainment, especially from Dule Hill as Cole and Daniel J. Watts as Sammy Davis Jr. but its book is in need of some major retooling. It is December 17, 1957 in the NBC Studio in Burbank where Cole's final 30 minute TV variety show is about to be presented live with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Randy Van Horn Singers. Fifteen minutes to air time, Cole is in a deep state of depression over this being the final show. Why? He has millions of fans. Southern states have refused to continue paying for advertising on the show. Cole is a Negro, pure asnd simple. In spite of his fame, it'sLights Outfor him. Guest star Peggy Lee has not shown up and friend Sammy Davis Jr. comes in to replace her with his amazing style of frantic comed

BWW INTERVIEW: International Recording Artist Lyn Stanley Discusses Aspects of Her Phenomenal Singing Career Thus Far
February 12, 2019

Over the past six years International Recording ArtistLyn Stanleyhas sold more than 38.000.albums - currently worldwide, but before that time she had had absolutely no singing experience whatsoever. I, like practically all journalists, was amazed to hear this. 'Not even singing along to background music on the stereo or radio as a child?' I asked. Directly and sincerely she replied,

BWW Review: MTW's OLIVER! Exudes Thrill and Joy
February 12, 2019

Oliver!/book. lyrics and music by Lionel Bart/based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist//directed by James A. Rocco/choreographed by Hector Guerrero/musical director: Ryan O'Connell/MTW (Musical Theatre West)/The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach/through February 24 Oliver!is a devilishly fine musical by Lionel Bart who wrote the book, music and lyrics without collaboration. It's an uplifting story of an abused orphan who learns how to survive in 19th century London with the help of acquaintances from both sides of the track. Currently onstage via MTW at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach, the musical boasts a superb cast headed by Davis Gaines as Fagin and 15 delightful and talented child actors.

BWW Review: It Is Easy To See Why ANNA KARENINA Is Rarely Revived
February 11, 2019

Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, is a staggeringly ambitious project for any theatre. First of all, it is a period piece taking place in a foreign country, in this case Russia and belongs in the realm of literary classics, requiring or better suited to classically trained actors. Currently onstage at Actors Co-op's Crossley Theatre. Anna is directed intelligently by Heather Chesley and boasts a fine cast, but somehow lacks the stature that it deserves.

BWW review: Susan Edwards Martin Knocks Her First Solo Cabaret Show Out of the Park
February 5, 2019


BWW Interview: Heather Chesley Talks Anna Karenina
February 1, 2019


BWW Interview: Past BWW Award Winner Emrhys Cooper Discusses New Projects for 2019
January 31, 2019

Former BWW Award winner Emrhys Cooper opens up about his latest projects. Always a man on the go, delving into athletics, modeling, dancing and having fun, his work usually aims to please. As an actor he is equally adept at comedy and drama. From the photos, it all looks terribly exciting.

BWW Review: Betty Buckley a Glorious Dolly Levi
January 31, 2019

Some shows I can see again and again, especially those composed by the forever upbeat Jerry Herman.Hello Dollybowed on Broadwaywhen I was a teenager in the 60s and it had a long run with original star Carol Channing, followed by turns with Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Pearl Bailey, Martha Raye and Molly Picon, to name a few. Every major star wanted to do it because the role offers a female actress the chance to sing, dance and act the hell out of it. It's a big, splashy gut buster about a woman who has more moxy than the Pied Piper and enough wisdom and panache to win over an army or a whole kingdom, for that matter...and, for the audience, it'sone of those extra-special feel-good musicals that just doesn't quit... 'It Only Takes a Moment' to fall in live with it.. You leave the theatre actually humming the tunes. The first National Tour of the latestDolly! at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre through February 17 is just about the best starring thje glorious Betty Buckley..

BWW Interview: Art Shulman Opens Newest Work Upstairs at Group Rep
January 29, 2019

Art Shulman has produced many full-length plays including The Rabbi's Mission; The Rabbi & The Shiksa; The Yentas Wear Red Hats; I Got Troubles; Doubting Thomas; I'm Not Just A Comic Genius; Rebecca's Gamble; Not One More Foot Of Land!; Bagels; Boxcar & Eugenia; Sex Is Good For You!; Old Broads Can't Dunk; God, Bring Me A Miracle; The $4 Million Giveaway; Misconceptions; Joe Carbone's Job; September 10; Career Day; and the Xmas musical, Trolls Stole The North Pole. Additionally, he's written many one-act plays, too numerous to list here.

BWW Review: Group Rep Goes Deep South with LAUNDRY AND BOURBON and LONE STAR
January 28, 2019

From the very top of James McClure's one-actLaundry and Bourbon, best friends Elizabeth (Savannah Shoenecker) and Hattie (Kristin Towers-Rowles) gossip in heavy Texas accents and drink bourbon with such fierce intensity that you will end up either loving or hating them; there is no in-between. Midway Amy Lee (Sarah Zuk) makes her entrance. She is quieter but also creates trouble in her own irritating way.What is it about comedies set in the deep South?Steel MagnoliasandCrimes of the Heartpull us in the same way. The women put their claws out yet support one another and have hearts of gold ... and their men? We hear about them via their wives. They act like jerks, love to talk sex in raw detail and treat their cars with more love and respect than their spouses. Unlike the other plays, we actually see the men, apart from their wives, for there is a male companion piece toLaundry and Bourbon. It's entitledLone Star, after the beer, and it presents Elizabeth's husband Roy (Nick Paonessa), maladjusted since his service in Viet Nam, his younger and weaker brother Ray (R.J. DeBard) and like his wife Amy Lee, the outsider in the group, her husband Skeeter (Todd Andrew Ball).

BWW Interview: Actress/Producer Dianne Fraser Talks Acting and Singing On LA Stages
January 24, 2019

Actress/producer Dianne Fraser is a well known and much beloved gal in and around the LA cabaret scene. She is executive producer of the popular An Evening of Classic Broadway that performs five/six times a year at Rockwell Table and Stage. She recently sat down for a look back at 2018 and to discuss her plans for 2019 for the show and for her own career as actress/singer. Sum up, if you would, the progress of An Evening of Classic Broadway in 2018. An Evening of Classic Broadwayhit its stride in 2018. Brad Ellis and I celebrated a milestone with out 25th performance and have been sellin

BWW Review: An Emotionally Gripping TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Candlelight Pavilion
January 21, 2019

Titanic the Musical/story and book by Peter Stone/music and lyrics by Maury Yeston/directed by Chuck Ketter/musical director: Andrew Orbison/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont/through February 23 In spite of the fact that it has one of the most majestic musical scores ever written for a Broadway stage by Maury Yeston in 1997,Titanic the Musicalwas, no pun intended, a disaster with lukewarm reception from both audiences and critics. Come to think of it, how entertaining can a musical be about the sinking of the Titanic? People were repelled by the

BWW Interview: Barbara Brownell Discusses LAUNDRY AND BOURBON AND LONE STAR at Group Rep
January 21, 2019

Actress/director Barbara Brownell has numerous credits as an actress. Broadway:Play it Again, SamandThe Ballad of Johnny Pot.King Learat the Actor's Studio, NY. Touring:Oklahoma, On a Clear Day.Regional:Zing!, Barefoot in the Park, Star Spangled Girl. L.A.:Happy Birthday Wanda June, Dylan, A Case of Libel, Early Cabaret, Chicago, Dull Pain. She won the 2017 Broadway World award for Best Leading Actress in a play, LA . T.V. shows includeMad Men, Big Love, Night Court (3), Grey's Anatomy, Monk, L.A. Law, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore,and recurring onWebsterandMASH. Films includeBehind the Candelabra, Going Home, Hearts of the West, Someone to Watch Over Me, Ants, Mark of the Witch,andThe Master. In this interview, Brownell discusses acting and directing Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star at The Group Rep, set to open this Friday January 25.

BWW Interview: James Barbour Talks 1776 at La Mirada
January 9, 2019

Award-winning actor/singer James Barbour is an LA onstage favorite. His charming personality, good looks and magnificent voice are all reasons to rush ro buy a ticket to 1776 opening Friday January 11 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Barbour took time from his busy schedule to chat about his involvement with the show and others in his remarkable career thus far.

BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018
January 2, 2019


BWW Interview: Singer Steve Ross Talks About IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS EVE
December 19, 2018

Singer Steve Ross has been knocking 'em dead on the cabaret circuit in New York and other theatre cities for many years. He has released several solo albums. His latest is It's Almost Christmas Eve but features an ensemble of singers. Ross took time from his busy touring schedule to talk to me from Boston about the album and his love of old music.

BWW Review: Bravo to GMCLA for a Dazzling HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
December 19, 2018

I am forever excited withGMCLA's Holiday Spectacular, this year entitledCalling All Angels....and this is their 40th anniversary season.The concert was performed Saturday and Sunday December 15 and 16 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.The level of singing under Dr. Joseph Nadeau's superior direction was top notch. What we as an audience looked forward to was solemnity...and ... fun.

BWW Interview: Singer Steve Ross Talks About His CD IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS EVE
December 18, 2018

Singer Steve Ross has been knocking 'em dead on the cabaret circuit in New York and other theatre cities for many years. He has released several solo albums. His latest is It's Almost Christmas Eve but features an ensemble of singers. Ross took time from his busy touring schedule to talk to me from Bostonabout the album and his love of old music.

BWW Review: Robyn Spangler Enchants at Rockwell with CHRISTMAS IS
December 18, 2018

Pop singerRobyn Spanglerappeared at Rockwell Table and Stage Sunday December 16 for a cd release party to celebrate her new albumChristmas Is.This lady, if you remember, is nonpareil in her homage to Linda Ronstadt and Billy Barnes, two previous best-selling cds, and has enough warmth to spread Christmas cheer everywhere... all by herself. However, joing her onstage were not one, but three guest stars: Don Most, Joanne Tatham and Shawn Ryan.What a treat for the holidays!

BWW Review: Jazz Singer Lyn Stanley Releases LONDON CALLING A TOAST TO JULIE LONDON
December 15, 2018

International recording artistLyn Stanleyhas had an amazing career thus far. Within just a few years she has produced six albums, her newestLondon Calling, her first salute to a singing star, the late great MissJulie London.



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