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BWW Reviews: GRIGWARE Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2014

The Best in LA Theatre for 2014

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2014 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)

BEST PRODUCTIONS

  • Brief Encounter - Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cabaret - Crown City Theatre
  • Catch Me If You Can - Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista
  • Choir Boy - Geffen
  • The Country House - Geffen
  • Damn Yankees - 3D Theatricals
  • Floyd Collins - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • 4000 Miles - Sierra Madre Playhouse
  • The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? - Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • In the Heights - Cabrillo
  • The Last Confession - Ahmanson
  • Les Miserables - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Mystery of Edwin Drood - Actors Co-op
  • Once - Pantages
  • Putting It Together - Chromolume Theatre
  • Ragtime - 3D Theatricals
  • A Song at Twilight - Pasadena Playhouse
  • A Streetcar Named Desire - Group rep
  • Top Girls - Antaeus Company
  • The Trip to Bountiful - Ahmanson
  • The 25th Annual Putnum Country Spelling Bee - Kelrik Productions at the El Portal
  • Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike - Mark Taper Forum
  • Young Frankenstein - DOMA

BEST PRODUCTIONS - Dinner Theatre

  • Candlelight Pavilion, Claremont: entire season
  • Lawrence Welk Resort, Escondido: Anything Goes/Oklahoma!

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SHOWS

  • Fruitcake Follies 2014
  • A Little House Christmas - Sierra Madre Playhouse
  • Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight - Pasadena Playhouse
  • The Snow QUEEN - Troubies at the Falcon

UNIQUE or SPECIAL EVENTS

BEST DIRECTOR: PLAY

BEST DIRECTOR: MUSICAL

MOST PROMISING NEW MUSICAL

MOST PROMISING NEW PLAYS

  • Conviction - Carey Crim - Rubicon Theatre, Ventura
  • Wake - Carey Crim - Seaglass Theatre at the Fremont Theatre Centre

BEST ENSEMBLE: PLAY

  • Amadeus - Ensemble Theatre, Santa Barbara
  • Blithe Spirit - Ahmanson
  • Choir Boy - Geffen
  • The Country House -Geffen
  • The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? - Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • My Name Is Asher Lev - Fountain
  • A Song at Twilight - Pasadena Playhouse
  • Top Girls - Antaeus
  • The Trip to Bountiful - Ahmanson
  • Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike - Mark Taper Forum

BEST ENSEMBLE: MUSICAL

  • The Andrews Brothers - Annenberg Theatre, Palm Springs
  • Brigadoon - Music Circus, Sacramento
  • Catch Me If You Can - Moonlight, Vista
  • Damn Yankees - 3D Theatricals
  • Mystery of Edwin Drood - Actors Co-op
  • Ragtime - 3D Theatricals
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Kelrik at the El Portal
  • Young Frankenstein - DOMA

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

BEST FEATURED PERFORMANCE

BEST SOLO SHOW: MALE

BEST SOLO SHOW: FEMALE

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: MALE

  • David Burnham - Together Again For the First Time - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
  • Dan Callaway - A Farewell to LA - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
  • Jason Graae - 49 1/2 Shades of Graae - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
  • Jeremy Jordan - Breaking Character - Catalina Jazz Club
  • John Lloyd Young - My Turn - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

  • BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: FEMALE

  • Laura Benanti - In Constant Search for the Right Kind of Attention - Catalina Jazz Club
  • Laura Dickinson - One For My Baby - Upstairs at Vitello's
  • Jennifer Holliday - Broadway Under the Stars - Ford Amphitheatre
  • Jeanne Page - Reboot - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
  • Valerie Perri - Together Again for the First Time - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
  • Rebecca Spencer - Fair Warning - Upstairs at Vitello's

BEST CDs

  • And The World Goes Round - Kritzerland Records
  • The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School - Christmas in Harvard Square
  • The Bridges of Madison County - Jason Robert Brown-Original Broadway Cast
  • Ellen Greene - Songs for a Winter's Night
  • Daniel Rodriguez - A Glorious Christmas
  • Lyn Stanley - Potions

BEST BOOK

Stella! Mother of Modern Acting - Sheana Ochoa - Applause

BEST THEATRICAL SEASON

  • Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont


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