Don Grigware Presents His Best in LA Theatre for 2013

The Best in LA Theatre for 2013

(alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed)

(artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories)

BEST PRODUCTION

A Man of No Importance - Lillian Theatre
And the World Goes Round - NoHo Arts Center
Broadway Bound - La Mirada Performing Arts Center
Catch Me If You Can - Pantages
Dreamgirls - DOMA
Evita - Pantages
Fallen Angels - Pasadena Playhouse
Funny Girl - 3D Theatricals
The Laramie Project Ten Years Later - Davidson/Valenti Theatre, Gay and Lesbian Center
Legally Blonde - Cabrillo
Little Women, The Musical - Sustaining Sound Theatre Co
Mrs. Warren's Profession - Antaeus
The Musical of Musicals the Musical - Chromolume Theatre Co
The Normal Heart - Fountain Theatre
Oklahoma! - MTW
Parade - 3D Theatricals
The Scottsboro Boys - Ahmanson
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - La Mirada Performing Arts Center
The 39 Steps - GCT
Yes, Prime Minister - Geffen Playhouse

BEST PRODUCTION - Dinner Theatre

Candlelight Dinner Theatre - Claremont: The Full Monty, The King and I (led by Clynell Jackson III & Jenny Moon Shaw), The Sound of Motown, Sweeney Todd (led by John LaLonde & Debbie Prutsman)
Encore Dinner Theatre - Tustin: Rumors, Fiddler on the Roof (both directed by Michael Lopez)
Welk Theatre - Escondido: Chicago (led by Natalie Nucci)

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SHOWS

Aladdin and His Winter Wish - by Kris Lythgoe - Pasadena Playhouse
Miracle on South Division Street - by Tom Dudzick -Colony Theatre
Parfumerie - by Miklos Laszlo - Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Unique Special Event

For the Record: Baz Luhrmann - Rockwell
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - Ahmanson
Play Dead - by Teller & Todd Robbins - Geffen

Very Special Nod to a High School

Arcadia High School - The Drowsy Chaperone

BEST DIRECTOR: PLAY

Todd Nielsen - The 39 Steps - GCT

BEST DIRECTOR: MUSICAL

Glenn Casale - Sugar - Music Circus, Sacramento
Michael Matthews - Funny Girl
Janet Miller - A Man of No Importance - Good People Theatre Company at the Lillian Theatre

MOST PROMISING NEW MUSICAL (re-envisioned)

Side Show - book & lyrics by Bill Russell/music by Henry Krieger - La Jolla Playhouse

MOST PROMISING NEW PLAY

Breath and Imagination - Daniel Beaty - Colony Theatre

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: PLAY

Ah, Wilderness! - Actors co-op
Awake and Sing! - Group rep
Look Homeward Angel - The Production Company at the Secret Rose Theatre
Rapture, Blister, Burn - Geffen
The 39 Steps - GCT
Wolves - Celebration Theatre
Yes, Prime Minister - Geffen

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: MUSICAL

A Little Night Music - etc, Santa Barbara
A Man of No Importance - Good People Theatre at the Lillian
Dreamgirls - DOMA
Parade - 3D Theatricals
Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Pantages
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - La Mirada
Side Show - La Jolla Playhouse
Sister Act The Musical - Pantages

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

Stephen Anthony - Catch Me If You Can - Pantages
Matt Bauer - Legally Blonde - Cabrillo/3D Theatricals
Tracie Bennett - End of the Rainbow - Ahmanson
Michelle Bernath - Awake and Sing! - Group rep
Kevin Blake/Shaun O'Hagan - Billy & Ray - Falcon
Caroline Bowman/Josh Young - Evita - Pantages
Anne Gee Byrd - Mrs. Warren's Profession - Antaeus
Patrick Cassidy/Stephanie Zimbalist - A Little Night Music - etc
Tim Cummings/Bill Brochtrup - The Normal Heart - Fountain
TJ Dawson - Shrek The Musical - 3D Theatricals
Kevin Early - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - La Mirada
Zachary Ford - Young Frankenstein - MTW
Tanna Frederick/Robert Standley - The Rainmaker - Edgemar
Davis Gaines/Victoria Strong - Kiss Me Kate - Cabrillo
Gordan Goodman - Barrymore - Good People at Greenway Court
Jason Graae/Brent Barrett - Sugar - Music Circus, Sacramento
Pamela J. Gray/Katie MacNichol - Fallen Angels - Pasadena Playhouse
Burt Grinstead - Dying City - Rogue Machine
Russell Harvard - Tribes - Mark Taper Forum

Salome Jens/Geoffrey Forward - Tomorrow - Skylight Theatre
Payson Lewis/Jonah Platt - bare - Hayworth Theatre
Lee Meriwether - A Short Stay at Carranor - Theatre West
Floyd Miller/Jamie Torcellini - The Mystery of Irma Vep - Falcon
Megan Mullally/Nick Offerman - Annapurna - Odyssey
Nicole Parker/Josh Adamson - Funny Girl - 3D Theatricals
Madison Claire Parks - Oklahoma! - MTW
Valerie Perri/David Burnham - Sunset Boulevard - MTW
Alison Pill - Wait Until Dark - Geffen
Nicholas Podany - Ah, Wilderness! - Actors co-op
Lily Rabe - Miss Julie - Geffen
Elijah Rock - Breath and Imagination - Colony
Kristin Towers Rowles - Little Shop of Horrors - Kentwood Players
Jeff Skowron - Parade- 3D Theatricals
Jack Stehlin - Creditors - Odyssey
Diane Vincent - Nuttin' But Hutton - NoHo Arts
Sam Zeller - Hairspray/GCT; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Candlelight Dinner Theatre

BEST FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Sonja Alarr - Company - Crown City Theatre
Diana Angelina - Remembrance - Theatre 40
Brad Bradley - Sugar - Music Circus, Sacramento
Marylouise Burke - Parallelogram - Mark Taper Forum
Michael Cumpsty - End of the Rainbow - Ahmanson
Aubrey Mae Davis - Catch Me If You Can - Pantages
Caitlin Gallogly - The Women - Theatre West
Mary-Pat Green - Fallen Angels - Pasadena Playhouse
Doug Haverty - Hotel Paradiso - Group rep
Liz Herron - The Laramie Project Ten Years Later - Gay and Lesbian Center
Jean Kaufmann/Venny Carranza - Funny Girl - 3D Theatricals
Norman Large/Ashley Fox Linton - Sunset Boulevard - MTW
Piper Laurie - A Little Night Music - etc, Santa Barbara
Tracy Lore - Young Frankenstein - MTW
Robert Machray - Mrs. Warren's Profession - Antaeus
James Marsters - The Bells of West 87th Street - Greenway Court
Stan Mazin - Awake and Sing! - Group rep
Tyler Milliron/Rebecca Ann Johnson - Falling for Make Believe - Colony

Christina Morrell/Eduardo Enrikez - The Musical of Musicals The Musical - Chromolume

Ron Orbach - I'll Be Back Before Midnight - Colony

Teya Patt/Christopher Newell - Oklahoma! - MTW
Lisa Pelikan - The Normal Heart - Fountain
Scott Reardon/Reba Buhr - Kiss Me Kate - Cabrillo
Brett Ryback - Broadway Bound - La Mirada
Toni Smith - Nine - DOMA
Ali Spuck - Billy and Ray - Falcon
David F. M. Vaughn - Shrek The Musical - 3D Theatricals
Tamara Zook - 9 to 5 - 3D Theatricals

BEST SOLO SHOW: MALE

Citizen Twain - Val Kilmer - Kirk Douglas Theatre

Doris & Me - Scott Drier - Welk Theatre, Escondido

Humor Abuse - Lorenzo Pisoni - Mark Taper Forum

Patti Issues - Ben Rimalower - Cavern Club, Casita del Campo

BEST SOLO SHOW: FEMALE

I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers - Bette Midler - Geffen

The Judy Show - Judy Gold - Geffen

Wrap Your Heart Around It - LynnMarie Rink - Falcon Theatre

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: MALE

Bryan Batt - Batt on a Hot Tin Roof - Rockwell
Will Collyer - Will Collyer in Concert - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
Danny Gurwin - Upright Cabaret at GLEH
Ramin Karimloo - Broadway to Bluegrass - Sterling's

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: FEMALE

Sandy Bainum - Simply - Sterling's
Ann Hampton Callaway - Barbra Streisand Songbook - Disney Concert Hall
Joan Ryan - An Evening with Joan Ryan - Sterling's
Spider Saloff - Cool Yule - Rockwell

BEST CD

Simply - Sandy Bainum
Star of Wonder - Dangerous Curves
Broadway Intimate - Janene Lovullo
Things I've Learned Along the Way - Shelly Markham
Lost in Romance - Lyn Stanley
Just in Time for Christmas - Natalie Toro

BEST BOOK

The Extraordinary Love Story of Fedor and Aye Aye - Ana Isabel O - Ruby Flower Publishing

Neversink by Barry Wolverton - read by Emrhys Cooper -Listening Library

The Whip - Karen Kondazian - Hansen Publishing Group

BEST THEATRICAL SEASON

3D Theatricals: 9 to 5/Parade/Shrek The Musical/Funny Girl/Legally Blonde



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