Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Eighth Annual Eddon Awards

The Best of LA Theatre for 2017


There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2017 which I did not cover. This list is based solely 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 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.
  • This year I have trimmed down categories to include a smaller number of winners  in each. I have also separated plays and performances into Large Space and Small Space.

BEST PRODUCTION in a Large Space

Hamilton - Pantages
The Red Shoes - Ahmanson
Something Rotten - Ahmanson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Ahmanson
Head of Passes - Mark Taper Forum (MTF)
Heisenberg - MTF
Oklahoma - 3D Theatricals
Kiss of the Spider Woman - Welk Resorts Theatre. Escondido
Cagney - Debbie Reynolds Mainstage at the El Portal
Driving Miss Daisy - Colony 

BEST PERFORMANCE - Large Space

Ensemble - Hamilton 
Carmen Cusack - Bright Star, Ahmanson
Phylicia Rashad - Head of Passes
Mary Louise Parker/Denis Arndt - Heisenberg
Ensemble - Oklahoma
Richard Bermudez, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, Natalie Nucci - Kiss of the Spider Woman
Robert Creighton and Ensemble - Cagney
Donna Mills and Ensemble - Driving Miss Daisy
Tyne Daly/Robert Forrester - Chasing Mem'ries, Geffen Playhouse
Al Pacino, Judith Light, Miles Gaston Villanueva - God Looked Away - Pasadena Playhouse
LaChanze and Ensemble - Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Carly Bracco - Peter Pan - Cabrillo Music Theatre


BEST DIRECTOR - Large Space

Thomas Kail - Hamilton/
Andy Blankenbuehler - choreographer 

BEST PRODUCTION in a Small Space

Lost in Yonkers - Group rep
Stupid Kid - The Road Theatre Company
Separate Tables - Theatre 40
The Man Who Came to Dinner - Actors Co-op
The 39 Steps - Actors Co-op
Frida: Stroke of Passion - Macha Theatre

BEST PERFORMANCE - Small Space

Bennett Saltzman, Roslyn Cohn, Loraine Shields - Lost in Yonkers
Taylor Gilbert and Rob Nagle & Ensemble - Stupid Kid
Roslyn Cohn and Diana Angelina - Separate Tables
Ensemble - Man Who Came to Dinner/39 Steps
Odalys Nanin - Frida: Stroke of Passion


BEST DIRECTOR - Small Space

Cameron Watson - Stupid Kid

BEST NEW PRODUCTION

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - La Jolla Playhouse

UNIQUE or SPECIAL EVENTS

An Evening of Classic Broadway - Rockwell Table and Stage
Freddy - LA City College in association with the Fountain Theatre
Charles Busch Cabaret Debut Tour - Rockwell Table and Stage
An Evening with Debbie Reynolds - El Portal Mainstage


BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: MALE

James Snyder - Soliloquy - Catalina Jazz Club
Levi Kreis - Broadway at the Keys - LGBT Center
Robert Yacko - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: FEMALE

Kay Cole - Souvenir - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
Donna McKechnie - Same Place, Another Time - Catalina Jazz Club
Jean Louisa Kelly - For My Folks - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

BEST CDs

Lyn Stanley - The Moonlight Sessions
Levi Kreis - Broadway at the Keys
Robyn Spangler - Something Cool, The Billy Barnes Sessions
Calabria Foti - In the Still of the Night
Rebecca Spencer - Still, Still, Still


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Dr. Joseph Nadeau of GMCLA After Holiday Concert Modern Families at the Alex


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Meeting Peri Gilpin at PP After Radio Play



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lythgoe Panto Cast Party





Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Frida Cast: Odalys Nanin and Ciro Suarez



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

MTW's WHITE CHRISTMAS Cast