Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tenth Annual Eddon Awards


The Best of LA Theatre for 2019


There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2019 which I did not cover. This list is based solely on what I saw and reviewed.

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. /   I have trimmed down categories to include a smaller number of winners  in each. /  All those mentioned in every category are not nominees - they are winners. 

BEST PRODUCTIONS IN A LARGE SPACE


Titanic the Musical - Candlelight Pavilion

Ragtime the Musical - Pasadena Playhouse

The Spitfire Grill - Garry Marshall Theatre

Lady Day - Garry Marshall Theatre

Bodyguard The Musical - Candlelight Pavilion

Skintight - Geffen Playhouse

The Music Man - 5 Star Theatricals

Swan Lake - Ahmanson Theatre

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - MTW (Musical Theatre West), Long Beach

Dames at Sea - Sierra Madre Playhouse


BEST PRODUCTIONS  IN AN INTIMATE SPACE


Otherwise Engaged - Upstairs at the Group Rep

Avenue Q - The Group Rep

For the Loyal - Sixty-Six Theater Co. at Marilyn Monroe Theatre

In Trousers -  The Lounge, Hollywood

Laundry & Bourbon/Lone Star - The Group Rep
                                                                               

           BEST ENSEMBLE CASTS 


The Music Man - 5 Star Theatricals

For the Loyal - Sixty-Six Theater Co, Marilyn Monroe Theatre

Ragtime the Musical - Pasadena Playhouse

Frozen - Hollywood Pantages

The Spitfire Grill - Garry Marshall Theatre

Loose Knit - The Group Rep

Avenue Q - The Group Rep

The Play That Goes Wrong - Ahmanson Theatre

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - MTW, Long Beach

In Trousers - The Lounge    

The Man Who Came to Dinner - The Group Rep

Swan Lake - Ahmanson

BEST DIRECTORS IN AN INTIMATE SPACE

Paul Rush - For the Loyal - Sixty-Six Theater Co

Barbara Brownell - Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star  - The Group Rep

Bruce Kimmel - The Man Who Came to Dinner - The Group Rep

Linda Alznauer - Otherwise Engaged - Upstairs at  The Group Rep

Patrick Burke - Avenue Q - The Group Rep

L. Flint Esquerra - Loose Knit - The Group Rep

Joshua Finkel - Dames at Sea - Sierra Madre Playhouse
(Jeffrey Scott Parsons - choreographer)

BEST DIRECTORS IN A LARGE SPACE

Larry Raben - The Music Man - 5 Star Theatricals
(Peggy Hickey - choreographer)

Matthew Bourne - Swan Lake - Ahmanson Theatre

David Lee - Ragtime the Musical - Pasadena Playhouse

Dimitri Toscas - The Spitfire Grill -  Garry Marshall Theatre

John LaLonde - Bodyguard The Musical - Candlelight Pavilion

Ellen Geer - The Skin of Our Teeth - Theatricum Botanicum

Daniel Aukin - Skintight - Geffen Playhouse

Danny Pelzig - Irving Berlin's Holday Inn  - MTW, Long Beach

BEST CABARET/CONCERTS IN AN INTIMATE SPACE


An Unpredictable Evening with Susan Edwards Martin - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

An Evening with Jane Monheit - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

Gina D'Acciaro - Famous Adjacent - Rockwell Table and Stage

Lisa Donahey's Big Birthday Bash - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

D. Scott Eads - Shake the House - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

Adam Jacobs Behind the Curtain - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

Sandy Bainum - Forever Blondward - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

An Evening with Sylvia Brooks - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

Janelle Lynn Randall: I Wanna Be Evil the Eartha Kitt Story - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

BEST CABARET/CONCERTS IN A LARGE SPACE



An Evening with Derek Klena - El Portal Mainstage

An Evening with Rita Moreno - The Broad Stage

Terron Brooks - The Soul of Broadway - The Montalban Theatre

SPECIAL EVENTS

A Classic Broadway Mother's Day - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

Kritzerland's 99th Performance - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's 

BEST SOLO SHOW

John Leguizamo - Latin History for Morons - Ahmanson Theatre

MEMORABLE HOLIDAY CONCERTS


GMCLA Holiday Spectacular - Alex Theatre, Glendale

Susan Edwards Martin's Holiday Extravaganza - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

Ilene Graf and Ben Lanzarone - Feinstein's Upstairs at Vitello's

Levi Kreis Home for the Holidays - LGBT Center, Hollywood

Scott Dreier and Kurtis Simmons - The Merry Little Christmas Show - Colony Theatre

D. Scott Eads Christmas In the Key of Bing - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCES


Kristin Towers-Rowles/Savannah Shoenecker - Laundry and Bourbon - The Group Rep

Nick Paonessa//R. J. DeBard - Lone Star - The Group Rep

Betty Buckley/Lewis J. Stadlen - Hello Dolly! - Hollywood Pantages

Michael Mullen - The Importance of Being Earnest - Crown City Theatre

Shannon Warne, Marc Ginsburg - Ragtime the Musical - Pasadena Playhouse

Larry Einsenberg, Jackson Kendall - Tuesdays with Morrie - Sierra Madre Playhouse

Adrienne Visnic - Be a Good Little Widow - Odyssey Theatre

Deidrie Henry- Lady Day - Garry Marshall Theatre

Dianne Wiest - Happy Days - Mark Taper Forum

Michael Robb - Otherwise Engaged - Upstairs at the Group Rep

Daebreon Poiema - Bodyguard the Musical - Candlelight Pavilion

Willow Geer - The Skin of Our Teeth - Theatricum Botanicum

Idina Menzel, Harry Groener - Skintight - Geffen Playhouse

Adam Pascal, Katharine McDonough - The Music Man - 5 Star Theatricals

Hilty Bowen - For the Loyal - Sixty-Six Theatre Co

Lila Coogan - Anastasia - Hollywood Pantages

BEST FEATURED PERFORMANCES


Doug Haverty - Otherwise Engaged - Upstairs at the Group Rep

Todd Andrew Ball - Lone Star - Group Rep

Valerie Perri - Ragtime the Musical - Pasadena Playhouse

Abdul Hamid Royal - Lady Day - Garry Marshall Theatre

Deanna Anthony - Bodyguard the Musical - Candlelight Pavilion

Will Holbrook/Earnestine Phillips - The Skin of Our Teeth - Theatricum Botanicum

Joy Franz/Tari Kelly - Anastasia - Hollywood Pantages

Sandy Bainum - Be a Good Little Widow - Odyssey Theatre

Will Brittain/Eli Gelb - Skintight - Geffen Playhouse

BEST NEW PLAY

Nancy F****ing Reagan - Daniel Hurewitz

BEST CDs

Little Women Soundtrack 2019 - Alexandre Desplat

Levi Kreis - Home for the Holidays

Jason Antone - Inside My Heart

Sylvia Brooks - The Arrangement

Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup

Tiffany Bailey - Jazz with Pop

BEST BOOK
(fifth printing in 2020)


All Fall Down The Brandon deWilde Story - Patrisha McLean


1 Comments:

Blogger JoshuaCoach4Actors said...

So much for this incredible honor, Don! So proud to be in such wonderful company!
Thank you for starting my year off with this award and for putting a huge smile on my face! Happy 2020 and thanks again!
Joshua Finkel

January 8, 2020 at 12:20 PM  

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