BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018

BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018

The Best of LA Theatre for 2018

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2018 which I did not cover. This list is based solely on what I saw and reviewed.

  • Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed
  • Artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories
  • No set, costume, technical awards. I leave those to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.
  • Don't take these choices too seriously. After all, it's just one man's opinions.
  • I have trimmed down categories to include a smaller number of winners in each. I have also separated plays/musicals into Large Space and Intimate Space.

BEST PRODUCTIONS in a Large Space

A Christmas Carol - Geffen

Aladdin - Hollywood Pantages

Million Dollar Quartet - 3D- Theatricals

Nice Work If You Can Get It - MTW, Long Beach

Significant Other - Geffen

West Side Story - Glendale Centre Theatre

Come From Away - Ahmanson

Dear Evan Hansen - Ahmanson

On Your Feet! - Hollywood Pantages

Bright Star - MTW

The Humans - Ahmanson

BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018

BEST PRODUCTIONS in an Intimate Space

A Carol Christmas - GroupRep

Ragtime The Musical - Candlelight Pavilion - Claremont

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Celebration

Cabaret - Celebration

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - LGBTQ

The Mousetrap - Crown City Theatre

Damaged Furniture - Whitefire

The Cape and the Klan - GroupRep, Upstairs

A Man for All Seasons - Actors Co-op

She Loves Me - Actors Co-op

The Gin Game - Sierra Madre Playhouse

BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018

BEST PERFORMANCES

Martha Hackett - Occupant - Garry Marshall Theatre

Adam Jacobs, Michael James Scott - Aladdin - Hollywood Pantages

Jefferson Mays - A Christmas Carol - Geffen

Laura Bell Bundy - Sweet Charity - Reprise 2.0, Freud, UCLA

Gina Yates - Deathtrap - GroupRep

Will Von Vogt - Significant Other - Geffen

Jason Graae, Kathy Fitzgerald - Nice Work If You Can Get It - MTW

Michael Mullen - The Mousetrap - Crown

Hartley Powers - A Carol Christmas - GroupRep

Janet Wood, Debi Tinsley, John Schroeder - A Carol Christmas - GroupRep

Burt Grinstead, Anna Stromberg - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - LGBTQ

Sandra Tsing Loh - Sugar Plum Fairy - Skylight Theatre

George Takei - Allegiance - East West Players/Aratani Theatre

Anna Mintzer - Bright Star - MTW

Susan Egan - Beauty and the Beast - 5 Star Theatricals

Alan Blumenfeld, Katherine James - The Gin Game - Sierra Madre

BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018

Ensemble Casts

The Humans - Ahmanson

Damaged Furniture - Whitefire

Come From Away - Ahmanson

Dear Evan Hansen - Ahmanson

On Your Feet! - Hollywood Pantages

Ain't Too Proud - Ahmanson

BEST DIRECTORS

Larry Raben - Nice Work If You Can Get It - MTW

Michael Arden - A Christmas Carol - Geffen

Bruce Kimmel - A Carol Christmas - GroupRep

Cate Caplin - She Loves Me - Actors Co-op

Stephen Brackett - Significant Other - Geffen

Stan Mazin - The Cape and the Klan - GroupRep

Anna Stromberg - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - LGBTQ


BEST SOLO / CABARET/ CONCERT SHOWS

Comfy - Jeffrey Scott Parsons - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

Legacy in the Key of Bing - D. Scott Eads - Sterling's

The Soul of Richard Rodgers - Billy Porter - The Soraya

BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018

Six Characters in Search of a Play - Del Shores - Celebration

To Dad with Love - Kiki Ebsen - Theatre West

An Evening of Classic Broadway - December Show with multiple performers- Rockwell Table and Stage

Christmas Is - Robyn Spangler - Rockwell Table and Stage

BEST CDs

BWW Review: Don Grigware Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2018
Christine Andreas - No Regrets

Lyn Stanley - London Calling

Robyn Spangler - Christmas Is

Kevin Odekirk - Season of Hope

Steve Ross - It's Almost Christmas Eve

LeAnn Rimes - It's Christmas, Eve

A Carol Christmas - Kritzerland Cast Recording

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