By: Dec. 28, 2015

The Best in LA Theatre for 2015

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2015 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)

No set, costume, or technical awards. I leave that to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.


(The) Baker's Wife - Actors Co-op

Bent - Mark Taper Forum

Billy Elliot The Musical - La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts

(The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

Carrie The Killer Musical Experience - La Mirada/Los Angeles Theatre

Cash on Delivery - El Portal Mainstage

Cinderella - Ahmanson

Closer Than Ever - Good People Theatre Co at Hollywood Piano, Burbank

(A) Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Crown City Theatre

Guys and Dolls - Group Center Theatre (GCT)

Hit the Wall - LGBT, Hollywood

Jesus Christ Superstar - DOMA Theatre

Murder for Two - Geffen

My Fair Lady - Musical Theatre West (MTW)

Newsies - Pantages

The Night Alive - Geffen

Picnic - Antaeus Theatre Co

Side Show - 3-D Theatricals

(The) Sound of Music - Ahmanson

Spring Awakening - Wallis Annenberg Theatre

Sweeney Todd - Monroe Forum Theatre, El Portal

Switzerland - Geffen

Train to Zakopane - Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica

Verdigris - Theatre West

(The) Winning Streak - Group rep

    BEST PRODUCTIONS - Dinner Theatre

    Lawrence Welk Theatre, Escondido: Hello Dolly!/ (The) King and I

    Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont: In the Heights/ West Side Story


    (A) Christmas Memory - Sierra Madre Playhouse

    GMCLA's Holiday Spectacular: Brassy, Classy & Sassy

    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Motown - Troubies at the Falcon Theatre


      Always Patsy Cline - Sierra Madre Playhouse

      Dame Edna's Glorious Goodbye Farewell Tour -Ahmanson

      El Grande Circus de Coca Cola - Colony Theatre

      Hellman v McCarthy - Theatre 40

      Kurios - Cirque du Soleil - LA Dodger Stadium

      Laura Dickinson 17 - El Portal Mainstage

      (A) Lovely Lineage -Kristin Towers Rowles -Sierra Madre Playhouse

      S/he & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret -Alex Billings -CSULB Theatre Arts/CaRep Co, Long Beach


      Randall Arney - (The) Night Alive - Geffen

      Mark Brokaw - Switzerland - Geffen

      Ray Cooney - Cash on Delivery - El Portal

      Gary Imhoff - Train to Zakopane - Edgemar

      Moises Kaufman - Bent - Mark Taper Forum

      Ken Sawyer - Hit the Wall - LGBT

      Scott Schwartz - Murder for Two - Geffen


        Michael Arden - Spring Awakening - Wallis Annenberg

        Mark Brokaw - Cinderella - Ahmanson

        T.J. Dawson - Side Show - 3-D Theatricals

        David Engel - Seussical The Musical - 3-D Theatricals

        Bruce Kimmel - Inside Out - Grove Center Theatre, Burbank

        Brian Kite - Billy Elliot - La Mirada

        Jack O'Brien - (The) Sound of Music - Ahmanson

        Tyne Rafaeli (for Bartlett Sher) - (The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

        Brady Schwind - Carrie The Killer Musical Experience- La Mirada/Los Angeles Theatre

        Kristin Towers Rowles - Sweeney Todd - El Portal

        Joel Zwick - Serrano the Musical - Matrix


        Appropriate - by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins - MTForum

        Bad Jews - by Joshua Harmon - Geffen

        (The) Christians - by Lucas Hnath - MTForum

        Class - by Charles Evered - Falcon

        Miserable with an Ocean View - by Howard Skora - Whitefire

        Tiger by the Tail - by Frawley Becker - Group rep

        Wonderful Life - by Helen Pafumi & Jason Lott - Malibu Playhouse


          Adam & Eve and Steve: book by Chandler Warren/music by Wayne Moore-NoHo Arts Center

          The Fabulous Lipitones: book by John Markus & Mark St.Germain/ incidental music by Randy Courts & St. Germain-Colony

          Serrano The Musical: book & lyrics by Madeline Sunshine/music by Robert Tepper-Matrix


          Appropriate - MTForum

          Bent - MTForum

          Cash on Delivery - El Portal Mainstage

          HomeFree - The Road Theatre, Magnolia

          Hit the Wall - LGBT

          Lombardi - Group rep

          (The) Night Alive - Geffen

          Picnic - Antaeus

          Real Women Have Curves - Pasadena Playhouse

          Tiger by the Tail - Group rep

          Verdigris - Theatre West


            (The) Baker's Wife - Actors Co-op

            (The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

            Carrie the Killer Musical - La Mirada/LA Theatre

            Closer Than Ever - Hollywood Piano

            Inside Out - Grove Center Theatre

            Newsies - Pantages

            Nunsense - Crown

            Serrano The Musical - Matrix

            Side Show - 3-D Theatricals

            Singin' in the Rain - MTW

            (The) Sound of Music - Ahmanson

            Spring Awakening - Wallis Annenberg


              Josh Adamson/Bets Malone - Big Fish - Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista

              Richard Bermudez/Victoria Strong - (The) King and I - Welk Resort, Escondido

              Misty Cotton/Emily Lopez - Carrie - La Mirada/LA Theatre

              Nikki D' Amico/Cori Cable Kidder - Almost Patsy Cline - Sierra Madre

              Laura Dickinson/Richard Bermudez - Evita - Candlelight

              Molly Ephraim - Bad Jews - Geffen

              Cynthia Ferrer/Randy Doney - Hello Dolly! - Welk Resort, Escondido

              Tanna Frederick/Mike Falkow - Train to Zakopane - Edgemar

              Taylor Gilbert - The Other Place - The Road, Magnolia

              Renee Gorsey - The American Dream - Group rep

              Gildart Jackson/Callie Schuttera - Class - Falcon

              Martin Kildare/Katharine McDonough - My Fair Lady - MTW

              Douglas Ladnier/Alison England - Sweeney Todd - Monroe, El Portal

              Laura Linney/Seth Numrich - Switzerland - Geffen

              Heather Lundstadt/Robert Standley - Guys and Dolls - GCT

              Idina Menzel - If/Then - Pantages

              Joanna Miles/David Selby - Front Door Open - Greenway Court

              Alessa Neeck/Christopher Carl - South Pacific - MTW

              Paul Vincent O'Connor/Fiona O'Shaughnessy - (The) Night Alive - Geffen

              Lloyd Pedersen/Daniel Sykes - (The) Winning Streak - Group rep

              Flora Plumb/Marcia Rodd - Hellman v McCarthy - Theatre 40

              Cathy Rigby - Seussical - 3D Theatricals - Fullerton/Redondo

              Kristin Towers Rowles/Jahmaul Bakare - Violet - Monroe, El Portal

              Brett Ryback/Jeff Blumenkrantz - Murder for Two - Geffen

              Bryce Ryness - Matilda - Ahmanson

              Elizabeth Stanley/Andrew Samonsky - (The) Bridges of Madison County - Ahmanson

              Mitchell Tobin/Vicki Lewis - Billy Elliot - La Mirada

              Marcelo Tubert - El Grande Circus de Coca Cola - Colony

              Karen Volpe - 9 to 5 - GCT


              Cathy Arden - Train to Zakopane - Edgemar

              Janna Cardia, Claire Adams - Assassins - Red Blanket Productions with Punk Monkey Productions at Pico Playhouse

              Patrick Cummings - South Pacific - MTW

              Chad Doreck/Valerie Perri - Serrano The Musical - Matrix

              Drew Droege/Patty McCormack - Miserable with an Ocean View - Whitefire Theatre

              Diane Frank - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Group rep

              Chelsea Emma Franko/Tracy Lore - Company - Cabrillo

              Matthew Hancock /Charlotte Gulezian/Kristina Johnson - Hit the Wall - LGBT

              Shannon Holt/Rhonda Aldrich - Picnic - Antaeus

              Jake Kitchin - Billy Elliot - La Mirada

              Quinn Mattfeld/Cassie Silva - Matilda - Ahmanson

              M. Rowan Meyer - Hellman v McCarthy - Theatre 40

              Ann Myers - Guys and Dolls - GCT

              Kayla Parker/Lynn Randall - Carrie - La Mirada/LA Theatre

              Jeremy Saje - JC Superstar - DOMA

              Nick Ullett - Enter Laughing - Wallis Annenberg

              BEST SOLO SHOW: MALE

              Jack Lemmon Returns - Chris Lemmon - The Broad, Santa Monica

              BEST SOLO SHOW: FEMALE

              (A) Carlin Home Companion/Growing Up with George-Kelly Carlin-Falcon


              Aaron Akins - Into the Cole - E-Spot Lounge, Vitello's

              Tom Ameen - E-Spot Lounge

              Kevin Earley - On the Record - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

              Bill A. Jones - Frank, Bobby & Me! - E-Spot Lounge

              Mark Arthur Miller - Soul Searching - Sterling's

              Ben Vereen - Catalina Jazz Club


              Megan Hilty - Valley Performing Arts Center, Cal State Northridge

              Michele Lee - Catalina Jazz Club

              Candy Milo - If She Taps, You're F--ked- Sterling's

              Barbara Minkus - It's All About Love - St. Mark's, Glendale

              Diane Vincent - Diane & Lucy & Betty: A One Woman Show - Sterling's

              Nita Whitaker - All That Matters - Sterling's

              BEST CD

              ARIA - home

              Judy Norton - Reflections

              Jeanne Page - Reboot

              Lyn Stanley - Interludes

              BEST BOOK

              Noel, Tallulah, Cole and Me: A Memoir of Broadway's Golden Age - by John C. Wilson with Thomas S. Hischak and Jack Macauley -Rowan & Littlefield


              Center Theatre Group - Mark Taper Forum

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