The Eighth Annual Eddon Awards

The Best of LA Theatre for 2017 by Don Grigware

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 Theatre
The Red Shoes – Ahmanson Theatre
Something Rotten – Ahmanson Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Ahmanson Theatre
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 – Pantages Theatre
Carmen Cusack – Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre
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 – 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
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

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