Monday, January 16, 2017

review - Robyn Spangler


with Don Most, Robyn Spangler, Todd Schroeder

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Michael Mullen Soars as Babberley in Crown's Fun Wild About Harry


Monday, January 2, 2017

Cast of MeshugaNutcracker!



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

John Lloyd Young at the Federal



Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Seventh Annual Eddon Awards

The Best in LA Theatre for 2016  
  
There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2016 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, technical awards. I leave that to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.


BEST PRODUCTIONS

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - Ahmanson

Agnes of God - Coyote StageWorks, Annenberg, Palm Springs


Airport Encounters - NEO Ensemble at The Lounge



A Slight Ache - Group rep 

A View from the Bridge - Mark Taper Forum


Baby Doll - Fountain Theatre

Barcelona - Geffen Playhouse


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Hollywood Pantages Theatre


Beauty and the Beast - 3-D Theatricals


(The) Boy from Oz - Celebration Theatre


Casa Valentina - Pasadena Playhouse


Disgraced - Mark Taper Forum (MTF)


(The) Eccentricities of a Nightingale - Pacific Resident Theatre


Evita - Cabrillo Music Theatre


(The) Fantasticks - Pasadena Playhouse


(The) Glass Menagerie - Sierra Madre Playhouse


Hedda Gabler - Antaeus Co


(The) Hunchback of Notre Dame - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts


(The) King and I - Hollywood Pantages Theatre


(The) Little Mermaid - Cabrillo Music Theatre


Memphis - Musical Theatre West (MTW)


Merrily We Roll Along - Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Next to Normal - Triage Productions/Standing Room Prods at Pico Playhouse


Nosferatu - Crown City Theatre


(The) Play About the Baby - The Road Theatre Company


Recorded in Hollywood - Kirk Douglas Theatre


Sister Act - Musical Theatre West (MTW)


Summer and Smoke - Actors Co-op


Titanic The Musical - Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista


Urinetown The Musical - Coeurage Theatre Company at Lankershim Arts Center


FAVORITE HOLIDAY SHOWS


A Cinderella Christmas - Pasadena Playhouse


Little Drummer Bowie - Troubadour Theatre Company at the Falcon Theatre


(The) MeshugaNutcracker! -Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University


White Christmas - Hollywood Pantages Theatre


UNIQUE or SPECIAL EVENTS

An Evening of Classic Broadway - Rockwell Table and Stage

Chris Isaacson Presents The Dreamgirls Reunion Concert in Honor of Its 35th Anniversary - Ford Amphitheatre

For the Record: SCORSESE American Crime Requiem - Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


LA Now and Then - LA City College


Oye Mi Canto - Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA)


BEST DIRECTORS: PLAY

Don Amendolia - Agnes of God - Coyote StageWorks, PS


Andre Barron - The Play About the Baby - The Road


Ivo van Hove - A View from the Bridge - Ahmanson

Garry Hynes - The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Christian Lebano - The Glass Menagerie - Sierra Madre Playhouse


Simon Levy - Baby Doll - Fountain


Calvin Remsberg - Bach at Leipzig - Group rep

Kimberly Senior - Disgraced - MTF


BEST DIRECTORS: MUSICAL


Michael Arden - Merrily We Roll Along - Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Glenn Casale - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts


Kay Cole - I Only Have Eyes for You - Ricardo Montalban Theatre


Larry Raben - Titanic The Musical - Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista/
The Little Mermaid - Cabrillo

William A. Reilly - Nosferatu - Crown City Theatre

Michael A. Shepperd - The Boy from Oz - Celebration


Bartlett Sher - The King and I - Hollywood Pantages Theatre

BEST ENSEMBLE: PLAY

Airport Encounters - NEO Ensemble at The Lounge

A View from the Bridge - MTF

Baby Doll - Fountain

Bach at Leipzig - Group rep

Beauty Queen of Leenane - MTF

Casa Valentina - Pasadena Playhouse

Disgraced - MTF

Hedda Gabler - Antaeus

Past Time - Sacred Fools at Lillian Theatre

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe - LGBT Center

Summer and Smoke - Actors Co-op

BEST ENSEMBLE: MUSICAL

The Fantasticks - Pasadena Playhouse

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 3-D Theatricals

The King and I - Hollywood Pantages Theatre

The Little Mermaid - Cabrillo

Memphis - MTW

Merrily We Roll Along - Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

MeshugaNutcracker! - Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University

Next to Normal - Triage/Standing Room Prods at Pico Playhouse

Nosferatu - Crown City Theatre

For the Record: SCORSESE American Crime Requiem - Wallis Annenberg

Titanic The Musical - Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Sierra Madre Playhouse

Urinetown The Musical - Coeurage at Lankershim Arts Center

    BEST LEAD PERFORMANCES

    Britt Adams/Laura Julian/Marsha Waterbury - Agnes of God - Coyote StageWorks, PS

    Sam Anderson - John Is a Father/The Play About the Baby - The Road

    Andrew Bongiorno - The Boy from Oz - Celebration

    Ginna Carter - The Eccentricities of a Nightingale - Pacific Resident Theatre

    Hari Dhillon - Disgraced - MTF

    Nike Doukas - Hedda Gabler - Antaeus Company

    Christian Durso/Katherine James - The Glass Menagerie - Sierra Madre Playhouse

    Tanna Frederick/Robert Standley - Jack & Jill - Santa Monica Playhouse

    Davis Gaines/Benjamin Schrader - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - MTW

    J. Harrison Ghee - Kinky Boots - Hollywood Pantages Theatre

    Taylor Gilbert - The Play About the Baby - The Road

    Jenna Gillespie/Stu James - Recorded in Hollywood - Kirk Douglas Theatre

    Betty Gilpin/Carlos Leal - Barcelona - Geffen Playhouse

    Randy Harrison - Cabaret - Hollywood Pantages Theatre

    Michelle Holmes - Nosferatu - Crown City Theatre

    Jose Llana/Laura Michelle Kelly - The King and I - Hollywood Pantages Theatre


    Constance Jewell Lopez - Sister Act - MTW

    Kevin Massey/John Rapson - A Gentelman's Guide to Love and Murder - Ahmanson

    John McGinty - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Abby Mueller - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Hollywood Pantages

    Cassandra Murphy/Marc Ginsburg - Evita - Cabrillo

    Ashley Park - The Fantasticks - Pasadena Playhouse

    Valerie Perri/Robert Yacko - Hello Dolly! - 3-D Theatricals

    Michael Robb/Marcia Woodbury - A Slight Ache - Group rep

    Phillipa Soo - Amelie - Ahmanson

    French Stewart - Past Time - Sacred Fools

    Amy Tolsky/Felicity Wren - Baby Oh Baby - Whitefire Theatre

    Rachel York - Grey Gardens - Ahmanson

    BEST FEATURED PERFORMANCES

    Eric B. Anthony - Recorded in Hollywood - Kirk Douglas Theatre

    Richard Bermudez/Bets Malone - Titanic The Musical - Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista

    Allison Blaize/Philip Orazio - The Play About the Baby - The Road

    Betty Buckley - Grey Gardens - Ahmanson

    Becky Gulsvig/Ben Fankhauser - Beautiful - Hollywood Pantages

    Dennis Kyle - Beauty and the Beast - 3-D Theatricals

    Hal Linden - The Fantasticks - Pasadena Playhouse

    Robert Mammana/Valerie Mahaffy/ James Snyder/John Vickery - Casa Valentina - Pasadena Playhouse

    Michael McKean - Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 - MTF

    Bess Motta/Jessica Pennington/Kelly Lester/Michael Mittman - The Boy from Oz - Celebration

    Mary Gordon Murray - Sister Act - MTW

    Debbie Prutsman - The Little Mermaid - Cabrillo

    BEST SOLO SHOWS

    HAM - Sam Harris - LGBT Center


    SissyBoy - James Mellon - NoHo Arts Center

    BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTISTS: MALE

    Dennis McNeil - The Lounge at The Comedy and Magic Club - Hermosa Beach

    Glenn Rosenblum Is The Musical Man - Rockwell Table and Stage

    Kurtis Simmons Live - Rockwell Table and Stage

    BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTISTS: FEMALE

    Heather Lundstedt - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

    Renee Marino - I Am Me Because of Three - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

    Melba Moore - Forever Moore - Catalina Jazz Club

    Kerry O'Malley/Mary Callanan - Everything's Coming Up Rosie - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

    Maggie Randolph - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

    Lyn Stanley - Interludes Release Party at La Cicada Club

    Pat Whiteman/Harriet Schock - E Spot Lounge

    Kathleen Wilhoite's Living Room - E Spot Lounge

    BEST CDs

    The Boobe Sisters Greatest Hits Volume One

    The Doris Day Project - Scott Dreier

    BEST BOOK

    The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time - Wesley Hyatt - BearManor Media

    BEST THEATRICAL SEASON

    Cabrillo Music Theatre, Thousand Oaks

    Musical Theatre West (MTW), Long Beach



    Awards


    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Group rep Cast of My One Act A Penny a Day

    left to right: Devin Juleff, moi . Lisa McGee-Mann and her daughter Kaylena Mann, Linda Alznauer above, Bert Emmich, Julia Silverman, Pascale Gigon, Todd Ball and Hisato Masayama