The Seventh Annual Eddon Awards


Don Grigware

Don Grigware

Registered Critic, Writer


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