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:

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 A trilogy of one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness was recently revised and re-published, also on 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!


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: D. Scott Eads Returns to Sterling's With a Brand New ShowBWW Review: D. Scott Eads Returns to Sterling's With a Brand New Show
Posted: Feb. 19, 2019

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

BWW Review: Crown City Theatre Excels with EARNESTBWW Review: Crown City Theatre Excels with EARNEST
Posted: Feb. 19, 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: 3-D Theatricals Delivers Sensational GENTLEMAN'S GUIDEBWW Review: 3-D Theatricals Delivers Sensational GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE
Posted: Feb. 19, 2019


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 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.

BWW Review: Pasadena Playhouse Brings Back Live Radio Play IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
December 15, 2018

Babyboomers are familiar with the original 1946 filmIt's a Wonderful Lifestarring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Stewart played George Bailey who was trapped in his father's Savings and Loan establishment in Bedford Falls, unable to pursue his dreams. Now through December 23 only, the Pasadena Playhouse is presenting a radio play version live onstage adapted by Joe Landry from the 1946 screenplay.

BWW Interview: Kevin Odekirk Releases SEASON OF HOPE
December 13, 2018

Actor/singer Kevin Odekirk has been delighting audiences worldwide with his stage appearances in musicals such as Miss Saigon, concert venues and with his amazing CD Unheard. He now has a Christmas album called Season of Hope. Odekirk took time from a hectic holiday schedule to tell us about the album. Why did you want to record a Christmas album? And why at this point in time?

BWW Review: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY to Repeat December 19 at Rockwell
December 12, 2018

What a dazzling array of talent (pictured above)! Monday December 10 marked the 25th performance of An Evening of Classic Broadway at Rockwell Table and Stage. For those unfamiliar with this event that meets 5 or 6 times a year, it's a musical evening of Broadway tunes, both familar and lesser known, introduced by producers Dianne Fraser who also performs and accompanist Brad Ellis who serves as musical director and fun narrator par excellence. Joining them this time around are Domonique Paton, Ashley Fox Linton, Shannon Warne, Larry Poindexter, Michael Kastroff, Scoth Ellis Loring and the piece de resistance Queen of Los Angeles Cabaret Andrea Marcovicci. I say are instead of were because, due to popular demand, this particular show is having a second performance on Wednesday December 19 once again at Rockwell with most of the cast intact.

BWW Interview: Robyn Spangler Talks CHRISTMAS IS at Rockwell
December 11, 2018

Consummate singer Robyn Spangler has been resurrecting her singing career for the last ten years with great success. She appears in cabaret from coast to coast and has just released her newest CD Christmas Is. She took time from a busy schedule to talk about the album and her concert appearance at Rockwell Table and Stage on Sunday December 16.

BWW Review: The EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES Rev Up Uncertainty About Christmas
December 8, 2018

Important to note right from the start ... Jeff Goode wroteThe Eight: Reindeer Monologuesback in the early 1990s around the time of the Clinton administration. The vehicle was his way of speaking out on a number of political issues. Maybe the sex scandal of Bill Clinton? Taking Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who are revered as two of the most benevolent fantasy characters of all time, and gossiping about their bouts with sexual harrassment and alcoholism, turns them into pretty despicable people. But when you are that good and held up as a model of perfection, something's gotta give. Everyone has flaws, and Goode has his reindeer take them to the extreme.

BWW Review: SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Offers a New Take on Christmas
December 3, 2018

Whether you are familiar withThe Nutcrackerballet or not, you will definitely find huge laughs and great holiday mirth with Sandra Tsing Loh and herSugar Plum Fairy, This, however, is definitely a show for adults or mature teens, preferably those into the performing arts.. Young teens in school theatre understand aspirations, jealousy and failures, but it would not be easy for them to extrapolate the humor. Now onstage at the Skylight on Vermont in Hollywood,Sugar Plum Fairyis best described as 'the magic in putting on a show'.

BWW Interview: SANTASIA Returns Once More to Brighten the Holiday Season
December 3, 2018

Santasia in LA is a staple show that should not be missed. Brothers Shaun and Brandon Loeser created it and it's about to open on December 7 at the Whitefire Theatre. Shaun took time out of a super busy schedule to tell us about this year's show.

BWW Review: Magnificent Musical COME FROM AWAY Lands at the Ahmanson
November 29, 2018

It's hardly ordinary for a musical to have everything.Come From Awayis one of these extraordinary musical ventures that has a heartpounding score, dynamic true story, brilliant direction by Christopher Ashley and an incredible 12 member ensemble who give new meaning to ensemble playing. Now onstage at the Ahmanson through January 6, 2019,Come From Awayshould be at the very top of your must see list.

BWW Review: Claire Adams Debuts Her Solo Cabaret
November 27, 2018

I want to be spot.on clear from the onset that actress/singerClaire Adamsis an enormous talent. She is pretty in a distinct way...not drop.dead gorgeous, but possessing beauty and warmth that start deep within. Her divine musical instrument and great vocal range are undeniable. On Sunday November 25, Adams presented her one hour long debut cabaret at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal to a terrific house, considering this was a holiday weekend. A finalist in LA's Next Great Stage Star 2015, Adams has since moved on to dazzle LA audiences inAssassins, Violet, among other shows and is currently essayingShe Loves Meat Actors Co-op. A graduate of USC, she is adept at playing edgy characters and has most definitely chosen the right profession as a musical comedy actress.

BWW Interview: JULIUS CAESAR Producer and Director Discuss All Female Production
November 26, 2018

The Irreverent Shakespeare Project presents an all-female version ofJulius Caesar,directed byHeather Ann Gottlieb, produced bySteven Brandon, Mark Laird, Bradley Gosnell, Rachel Rios andAri Stidham. Director Gottlieb and producer Stidham took time out of their busy schedules and talked with us about the company and this production of Julius Caesar. Ari Stidham has been writing and performing music and comedy onstage as well as acting on television for all his adult life. You may know him best as genius Sylvester Dodd on CBS's "Scorpion" or you may also know his music which he releases as Dr. Television.

BWW Review: Group Rep Rocks with A CAROL CHRISTMAS
November 19, 2018

A CAROL CHRISTMASbook by Doug Havertymusic & lyrics by Bruce Kimmeldirected by Bruce KimmelGroup Rep, NoHothrough December 30 So many versions ofA Christmas Carolsurface in November and December in local theatres, but most are really not worthy of your attention. This year exceptions are the Geffen's spectacular one-man version ... and... Group Rep is really turning up the heat with an original contemporary musical entitledA Carol Christmas.With a cast of 20 on their wide stage, Group Rep offers its audiences a terrifically enjoyable time this holiday season through December 30.

BWW Review: Sweet, Lovely One-Act Musical IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Bows at the El Portal
November 13, 2018

In a Booth at Chasen's/The Real-Life Hollywood Romance of Ron and Nancy Reagan/book by Sam Bennett/music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Phil Swann/directed by Kay Cole/El Portal Theatre, Debbie Reynolds Mainstage/through December 16 Hollywood romances come and go, but certainly not that of Ron and Nancy Reagan. Those of us who witnessed Reagan's rise from movie actor in the 40s to president of SAG, then on to Governor of California and eventually to President of the United States where he served two terms from 1981 to 1989, know that he was not always the greatest politician...but certainly in comparison to today's standards, a good who honestly loved his country. Nancy Davis had been a B actress in films and, it is often said, ran the White House for her husband during the 80s. We know the politics of those latter years and the rumors; what we do not know is how their relationship began...In a Booth at Chasen'srestaurant in 1949. Now in a one-act musical that world premiered Sunday November 11 on the El Portal Mainstage,In a Booth at Chasen'splays on unti

BWW Review: Pantages Has an Audience Grabber in A BRONX TALE
November 12, 2018

Based on the 1993 hit film, the stage musicalA Bronx Talehas two of the movie's stars collaborating behind the scenes ... with a book by Chazz Palminteri, who played Sonny on film and Robert De Niro directing with Jerry Zaks. De Niro played Lorenzo onscreen, Calogero's father. Like the film this show is an instant hit with audiences who savor and take to heart the Sicilian lifestyle. This well cast and well directed national tour plays the Hollywood Pantages through November 25.

BWW Interview: Bruce Kimmel and Doug Haverty Discuss A CAROL CHRISTMAS
November 8, 2018

On November 16, a new musical version of A Christmas Carol entitled A Carol Christmas will open at Group Rep in North Hollywood. Doug Haverty wrote the book and Bruce Kimmel, the music and lyrics. Kimmel is also the director. In the conversation that follows both men discuss the new piece. Bruce Kimmel, what are your challenges in directing this piece?

BWW Review: Geffen's Incredible CHRISTMAS CAROL Is Not To Be Missed
November 8, 2018

A Christmas Carol/by Charles Dickens/adapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons, Michael Arden/directed by Michael Arden/Geffen Playhoous/Gil Cates Theater/through December 16 Another version ofA Christmas Carolyou moan? Well, take my word for it, you have never seen a produciton of the Dickensian classic quite like the one currently onstage at the Geffen Playhouse mainstage Gil Cates Theater. Adapted by the brilliant actor playing every role Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons and brilliant director Michael Arden,A Christmas Carolbecomes the perfect transition from Halloween, Dia de los Muertos

BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME Makes a Lovely Holiday Gift
November 5, 2018

She Loves Mebook by Joe Masteroffmusic by Jerry Bocklyrics by Sheldon Harnickbased on a play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlodirected &choreographed by Cate CaplinActors Co-opDavidSchall Theatrethrough December 16 Classic plays and musicals usually hold up well if the book and music are strong and relevant.She Loves Mehas its corny moments and is dated, but is so bent on love and the romantic side of life, we buy into its premise and come away entertained. Currently onstage at Actors Co-op through December 16,She Loves Mereceives flawless direction from Cate Caplin and may boast a deliciously inviting ensemble of players.

BWW Review: Candlelight's Treat for Halloween: a Delicious ADDAMS FAMILY
October 29, 2018

The Addams Family, whose Broadway run was clouded with negative reviews and less than powerful performances from its two talented stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, is receiving a handsome revival at Candlelight Pavilion.. Director Chuck Ketter puts the kookyAddams Familythrough their diliriously divergent moves through November 24.