Your Quick & Easy Guide to the 2015 Ovation Awards

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We’re only five days away from the 2015 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards! We’re excited. Are you excited? We’re really, really excited. But five days away means it’s crunch time. Do you have everything you need?  Do you know where to go? And good god, man! What are you going to wear?

Follow these steps, use it as your checklist, and we’ll see you on Monday, November 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre.


This is a pretty basic Step 1. If you wanna go, you need one of these babies. Grab yours (if you haven’t already) at If you have any questions, call Center Theatre Group’s ticketing services at (213) 628-2772.


There is one. It’s really simple, it’s easy to remember, and you should probably be using it. #OvationAwards. Check it. We also encourage you to Facebook and Tweet during the show. (Just no flash photography, please.)


We’d like you to wear some. Some fancy ones, actually, because the evening is black tie. Ladies, that typically means long dresses or pantsuits, gentlemen… we love you in a tux, but a dark suit will do, too. Though (ahem), if you WOULD like a tux, we’ve got a great deal going on with Friar Tux right now: $40 off tux rental for Ovation Awards attendees. Just mention it’s for the Ovations for your discount. Search SoCal locations here.

Ladies, if you’d rather borrow than buy a dress this Ovations season, check out Rent the Runway. Quick and easy way to get black-tie looks for less. The dress arrives in the mail, you wear, you return. Super simple, and new users get 20% off.

For some fancy beauty options for day-of, check out Glam Squad. You’ll get a makeup and hair team sent right to your door. (And psst, we’ve got a discount code for you: use LAFB20 for $20 credit towards your first appointment!)

And last, but not least… want a quick and sassy blowout for the show? Drybar is the place.


Parking will be available to guests at the Music Center for $9, but if you’re planning on any celebratory drinks, a little birdie told us (okay, it was the Lyft app) that they’re extending the 50% weekday rides into next week. So grab a cheap ride, and don’t drink and drive.


So here’s the deal. Before the show, a cash bar will be open in the plaza outside the Ahmanson, starting at 5:30pm. (Box office and red carpet will also open at that time.) There’s no pre-show reception, so for pre-show dinner, we suggest you check out Pinot Grill, which will be open ESPECIALLY for the Ovation Awards (thanks, PG!), and will even offer a signature Ovations cocktail. Ooooo!

Other restaurants in the area include: Blue Cow Kichen (Reservations encouraged + happy hour until 6:30pm); BadmaashMaccheroni Republic (You can BYOB/corkage fee varies); and Yang Chow Mandarin & Szechuan Cuisine.

Wherever you eat or drink, be sure to get there early so you can jump on the red carpet before the show. (It closes at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm curtain).


BE AT THE SHOW! Hosted by French & Vanessa Claire Stewart, it’s bound to be an entertaining evening. (Full disclosure: the bar will be closed during the show. Do with that information what you will…)


We’re lucky enough to be able to throw a big ol’ party at the swanky Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Ballroom across from the Ahmanson. Join us there afterwards for a champagne toast, a reception of free desserts, beer, and wine (liquor for purchase), and a photo booth to remember the occasion. Party goes until midnight.

Questions about any of this? Email

All right. Ready… steady… let’s celebrate.

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Mandi Moss

Mandi Moss

Mandi's been acting, producing, scenic painting, costume designing and directing in Los Angeles since the early 2000's with a particular interest in new works and creative storytelling. She’s a former member of Theatre of NOTE and a current member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. She’s also a proud professional clown and the Managing Editor of @ This Stage.