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Allen Fitzpatrick (Dom Claude Frollo) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Villains can easily become flat or 2 dimensional but Allen brought a lot of depth to Frollo


 Comments (Actors) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union was outstanding as well.


 Comments (Actors) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The whole ensemble/cast was amazing and worked really well together. They had great chemistry. Honorable mentions for Corinne, Eric, and Jordan


 Comments (Choreography) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Esmerelda's dance was really good.


 Comments (Ensemble) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Worked great together. Seamless.


 Comments (Lighting) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

amazing. very striking.


 Comments (Lighting) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The lights were critical in this show to fade the upper half of the Notre Dame cathedral set sufficiently that the audience believed the transformation of the lower half of the set to the streets of Paris or the Court of Miracles.


 Comments (Overall Production) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

There are many times when I really appreciate and celebrate what can be done in a small space with few bells and whistles but a lot of talent, creativity, and intensity. Then there are times when I appreciate what can be done with a lot of talent, creativity, and intensity, but...boy oh boy...are the bells and whistles thrown in. This show has everything you could ask for in a large-scale production, tremendous talent, a monumental set, a full choir and a brilliant orchestra, and reminds us of how fortunate we are to have a house like this in Seattle. There are even acrobats!

Casting a deaf actor and having another actor serve as his internal voice and then have the entire cast sign when talking with him was a powerful experience. I'd say it was perfectly suited to this show and it was, given that the main character's internal monologue is so inherently different from his external, but I also found myself asking why I don't just see this arrangement more often.


 Comments (Scenic) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

great use of the general cathedral set but able to be used as multiple locations


 Comments (Scenic) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Wow. This set filled the entire proscenium. It had volume, power, weight. You could feel the stonework. And yet with the help of some strong lighting, that overhanging edifice faded into nothingness to place the audience in the streets of Paris, the Court of Miracles, or the dungeons below Notre Dame. And of course when the bells came down and actually appeared to ring, it mirrored all of the intensity of the story below it.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

incorporation of sound cues, music (the original way this cast did it), and the chrous was seamless. The chorus really brought the music to life


 Comments (Sound/Music) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

so much to balance here...choir, singers, heavy instrumentation. And it came off without a hitch. I was in the back row of the theater and heard everything clearly and distinctly from Quasimodo's whispered please to Esmerelda to live to Frollo's blast in Hellfire.


 Dan'yelle Williamson (Esmerelda) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Great performance


 Dane Stokinger (Clopin Trouillefou) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Dane has a beautiful voice that I could listen to forever.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

A defining moment for me was when the hot metal was poured down on the soldiers. It was defining because it was so brief and so rushed that I was shocked. I felt like I missed out on something that could have been really interesting. I thought about it the rest of the night.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Chekov's pot of melted lead, foreshadowed and then poured.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Joshua Castille at the end of the musical, tears pouring down his face. Incredible!


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The beginning of the second act when the choir came out in full force, then was joined by thunderous percussion, and finally resolves on the quiet scene of Quasimodo in his tower surrounded by his statue friends, trying to decide what to do.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The final scene when the Hunchback morphed back into an upright human and his "voice" began signing. The switch was seamless and clever, a beautiful underscoring to the theme of inclusiveness over judgment and stereotypes...that we are all one, and our differences unite us.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The moment in which Joshua Castille puts on his vest and becomes Quasimodo and then again when he takes off the vest at the end and is again himself.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The opening scene was striking! From amazing choral singing to lively ensemble work & individual character work for leads.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The opening with the combo of the choir, storytelling and Frollo AND Out There with Quasimodo and his "voice."


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The solo number "Out There" moved me to tears, especially in the way it was performed by the two actors. Such beauty and emotion.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The use of Joshua as a deaf actor with a voice (EJ) and incorporating sign language into the story, music. Such as having the gargoyles sign to him


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

This whole show was a defining moment. Whenever the gargoyles signed along with Quasimodo was incredibly moving. When Joshua Castille signed during his bow at curtain call, I was incredibly moved.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

When the curtain rose and I saw the set, it was amazing.


 Defining Moment Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

When the entire cast was signing with Josh, I got chills.


 E.J. Cardona (The Voice of Quasimodo) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

As good as Josh was as the expressive component of this couple, Cardona was just as amazing as the singing half.


 E.J. Cardona (The Voice of Quasimodo) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

So great. Amazing voice.


 E.J. Cardona (The Voice of Quasimodo) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

These two actors were so in sync with each other and it was an honor to watch them work together!


 Joshua Castille (Quasimodo) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

He brought a sincerity and loveliness to the character that I hadn't anticipated seeing in Quasimodo before and I was very moved.


 Joshua Castille (Quasimodo) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

in a word: amazing. Very moving. Great physicality.


 Joshua Castille (Quasimodo) Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Josh did a great job of communicating Quasimodo's character through movement and expression and when he did speak it really did reinforce moments of great passion for the character


 Other/Final Comments Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I found the production overall quite moving. I was in tears at several points.


 Other/Final Comments Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The best show I’ve seen at the 5th Avenue. Completely stunned and impressed.


 Other/Final Comments Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The story worked and the Disney songs worked well within the plot additions. The Deaf element worked SO WELL and was not "put on" nor commented on expect to illuminate Quasimodo's plight.


 Other/Final Comments Hunchback of Notre Dame, The  - 5th Avenue Theatre

This was one of the most moving shows I've seen in Seattle, and I've seen hundreds of shows here. Thank you.


 Comments (Choreography) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Outstanding! Tight, well-rehearsed, delicious numbers to watch. From the tight tap-dance numbers to the frenzied chaos of the New Year's Eve number, the dancers were in their element. The cross-stage pajama dance kick-line was especially enjoyable, though that gobble-gobble dance also tickled my fancy.


 Comments (Costume) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Every costume was absolutely perfect - and there were soooo many of them! I've already mentioned the turkey costumes (which were so cleverly conceived) but I also loved the men's coordinated suits, the Alley cat costumes, the pajama dance pieces! Such attention to detail, fantastic tailoring and stellar eye for color combining. And of course the main characters' outfits were to die for, from tear-away red dress to the white sequined number at the end. Bravo.


 Comments (Direction) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

This show was enormous, from tech elements to coordinating actors - impressively staged!


 Comments (Ensemble) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

So many people on the stage! They navigated the blur of set and costume changes fantastically, and seemed to be constantly giving to one another. A wonderfully focused cast who was present for each moment.


 Comments (Lighting) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Loved the stars!


 Comments (Scenic) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

An absolute marvel how seamlessly the myriad of scene changes were handled. The sheer volume of scrims, drops, flats, furniture, curtains, etc. made me question how it all fit into the theater itself! I especially loved the snow falling in the New Year's (I think!) scene and then later seeing the Hollywood snow machine from the opposite side.


 Defining Moment Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

"Shaking the Blues Away"--the whole number was so exuberant and colorful. It was fun to watch the whole stage transform with Christmas decorations throughout the song.


 Defining Moment Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

From where we were sitting, we could see that the back of the giant Christmas tree they bring at out mid-way through Act I was decorated on the far side, anticipating a very nice reveal. & even having clocked it, knowing it was coming, I totally missed it when it happened. That was nice.


 Defining Moment Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The first time they sang “White Christmas” around the piano. Lovely.


 Defining Moment Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The Fourth of July tap number.


 Defining Moment Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The opening trio of Stepping Out With My Baby/I'll Capture Your Heart
Set the tone of an exuberant dance oriented musical...the surrounding plot SORT holds together but the pieces/numbers are all solid.


 Defining Moment Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The turkey costumes were memorable and hilarious!


 Eric Ankrim (Jim Hardy) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Sincere, likable and charming. I especially enjoyed the scene outside the school (walking). Resonant voice, a natural dancer.


 Eric Ankrim (Jim Hardy) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

This role is pretty darn thankless (the entire plot of the show centers around Jim being unable to communicate & therefore acting like an enormous bag of dicks), but was played with far more charm than was written - not enough to make him the hero, but absolutely not the accidental bad guy either.


 Lorna Luft (Louise) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Impeccable timing and character work


 Lorna Luft (Louise) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Lorna Luft was the best part of this production.


 Lorna Luft (Louise) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

So, so funny! The mini-monologue when grabbing the fruitcake - well-executed! A delightful foil.


 Lorna Luft (Louise) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Wonderfully bright and hilarious. Perfect casting. We all want a Louise in our lives.


 Matt Owen (Ted Hanover) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Suave, great voice, solid dance moves! High energy, loved the pajama dance scene.


 Other/Final Comments Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The overall feeling of the production was lovely, lively, INNcredbile and ultimately delightful.


 Richard Gray (Danny Reed) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I wish he had been onstage more.


 Richard Gray (Danny Reed) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Loved the scene where he's on the phone with his mother in the background!


 Sarah Rose Davis (Linda Mason) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

A lovely lead performance. Funny and strong, with a beautiful, clear voice.


 Sarah Rose Davis (Linda Mason) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Beautiful presence, wonderfully fluid dancing, and a knock-out voice. A true triple-threat!


 Sarah Rose Davis (Linda Mason) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Loved her singing!


 Taryn Darr (Lila Dixon) Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Wonderful energy, flawless dance moves, great comic timing (that first moment walking on the farm, ha!)


 Ben Davis (Fred Graham/Petruchio) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Gorgeous, expressive vocals and a solidly believable character (not easy to pull off with this classic, wonderful but nonetheless two-dimensional script) that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. Both irritating and endearing!


 Cayman Ilika (Lilli Vanessi/Katharine) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Voice blew me away. Acting top notch


 Comments (Actors) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Jeff Steitzer, Con O'Shea-Creal, and Richard Peacock all did wonderful support work.


 Comments (Actors) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

What wonderful, expressive dancing from this ensemble-- such a treat to experience!


 Comments (Choreography) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I especially liked the choreographing of the back stage stretching, oddly enough.


 Comments (Direction) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Good use of the stage; nice way to try and update to be more modern with respect to Kate's being handled by the men, and Kate's handling of the men.


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

"I Hate Men", often a moment of stasis in past productions, was endlessly fascinating and extremely entertaining. It was emblematic of the overall high quality of this production.


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

A very good overall production. The opening musical number, definitely defines the play.


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Bianca and her boys tap dancing


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Cayman Ilika sang the hell out of "I Hate Men."


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Cayman Ilika’s fantastic performance of “I Hate Men”.


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I Hate Men


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Lilli's nonchalant bite of the banana at the end of her feisty and furious "I Hate Men!"


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Man 1 and Man 2 stole the show. They were hilarious and worked really well together.


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Robyn Hurder WAS the defining moment. She owned this whole production.


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Tap dance routine


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The opening night number was so well done- it set the tone for the rest of the evening.


 Defining Moment Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

When flowers from Fred are mistakenly delivered to Lilli.


 Other/Final Comments Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

RICHARD PEACOCK WAS PHENOMENAL. What a force. My eye went to him every time. He was fully present and utterly engaging to watch.

This show was incredible. I didn't know what to go in with, but I left with an utter appreciation for near perfect theatre. Well done.


 Other/Final Comments Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Allen Galli and Richard Ziman were absolutely the most hilarious part of the play.


 Other/Final Comments Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The director brilliantly took a feminist approach to a very derogatory, patriarchal show. Brilliant work.


 Robyn Hurder (Lois Lane/Bianca) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Both women were outstanding. Always True to You Darling in My Fashion was a stand-out


 Robyn Hurder (Lois Lane/Bianca) Kiss Me, Kate  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Way to fill out this role with as much sizzle and charisma as Lois can possibly hold!


 Comments (Choreography) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Interesting and dynamic. Appeared effortless


 Comments (Choreography) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Love the choreo. It really added to the joy of the show. It also seemed rather complex at times.


 Comments (Choreography) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The choreography for the show was delightful. It was varied from number to number, it made me laugh many times. Choreographing a dance number in flippers is also no small feat, but this one was funny and safe for the actors.


 Comments (Costume) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The coherent color palettes and the following contrasts helped a lot with the storytelling pattern.


 Comments (Costume) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The coloring of the costumes really popped against the set. I especially loved how the gorgeous, curvy female lead was dressed- it isn't often you see curvy female actors so beautifully dressed, and the designer really celebrated the character with such colorful and fashionable clothing!


 Comments (Costume) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The costumes felt natural for the characters. It certainly distinguished their personalities (i.e. work-a-holic Donna in overalls, Very vacation-esque, flowy, fun loving.


 Comments (Costume) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

This show lives and dies by its costumes and these were delightful. Not only were the 70s costumes hilarious, but the costumes really brought out characters and helped us understand in moments who some of the supporting characters were.


 Comments (Direction) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Great use of space and balance of production elements. Things were bold as they should be, silly and fun as they should be, and a great pacing. It flowed so well together. It felt almost seamless.


 Comments (Ensemble) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The ensemble for the show was great. They were fun and enthusiastic, danced well, brought personality to the setting, and kept the energy going throughout the show.


 Comments (Lighting) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The lighting definitely transported you to a sunny day on a beautiful Greek island. The layers of color and light on the water throughout different times of the day were a lovely touch.


 Comments (Lighting) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The lighting design for the show was beautiful. Especially creating time of day and other effects of the large textured backdrop.


 Comments (Overall Production) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The production team did a great job putting the show on. I have seen a touring production of Mamma Mia a couple times before and this local production shined just as brightly.


 Comments (Scenic) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I loved the staging for this production from the sheet covering the stage to the disco ball shining at the end. My favorite layout was hotel room used by Donna and her friends. I love the way the half circle draping looked in the space. It felt very flowy and elegant, reminding me Grecian fashion and decor. It really added texture to the stage rather than just being a typical wooden structure. Lastly, all the furniture looked great and was just enough to set the scene. Not too overdone.


 Comments (Scenic) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The scenic design for the show was beautiful. I especially loved the large semi-circular drape that had great texture and provided a wonderful backdrop for the lighting designer to work on.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Nice quality of music.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Dancing Queen dance number was sweet and fun.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Donna, Tanya, and Rosie emerging from the trap in full disco gear. It was sparkly and feathery and the best.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

For this show, the defining moment would be the most fun moments of the show with something a bit unexpected. I really enjoyed the silliness of the actor playing Bill. He was lighthearted and fun. He definitely added a bit more to the role that made me enjoy the production even more. I also love choreography during Sophie's dream sequence. The actors put all their energy into making the scene just as lively as can be.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The "Super Trooper" number with Donna and her friends wearing their old 70s costumes was hilarious and summed up so much of the show.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The nightmare scene that kicked off Act Two was well stylized and fit the themes while also bringing humor to the absurd situation.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The number SOS in the second act! The costumes, choreography, and set all came together in one really fun and exciting number. And Lisa Estridge just killed it as the soloist! It was my favorite number of the show.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The opening sequence with the moon and moving fabric.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The scene between Donna and her two best friends captured the honesty and love of the show. Women friends, each with different lives/dreams/convictions, but just there to support each other.


 Defining Moment Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

What a dance party! And the production certainly earned it. I wanted to sing and dance along from the beginning.


 Eliza Palasz (Sophie Sheridan) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

A gorgeous voice and a beautifully nuanced performance!


 Eliza Palasz (Sophie Sheridan) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Eliza Palasz was charming as Sophie. Her singing was lovely, her dancing seemed effortless, and she was convincingly sincere both with her fathers and with Sky.


 Eliza Palasz (Sophie Sheridan) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Wonderful performance. I have seen Mamma Mia twice before and this is the first time I felt the actress playing Sophie was on par with the actress playing Donna. Eliza was just wonderful. She felt very natural and strong for the role. She certainly stands out as a lead.


 Kendra Kassebaum (Donna Sheridan) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Everything about her performance was stunning. She was real, open, focused, motivated, passionate...every minute. Amazing powerful and tender voice.


 Kendra Kassebaum (Donna Sheridan) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Kendra Kassebaum is always a delight to watch and this show was no exception. The was funny and fun as Donna, but also brought the pathos and gravitas to keep the show grounded.


 Kendra Kassebaum (Donna Sheridan) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Thoroughly enjoyed her performance. She really put her all into the role. My favorite scene was when Donna first saw her three former flings and then Sam Carmichael. This was the scene that Kendra really drew everyone in with her expressions and perfect comedic timing. She certainly brought the audience into the world of Mamma Mia.


 Lisa Estridge (Tanya) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Lisa brought a great energy to every scene she was in. And her solo in the second act was definitely my favorite number in the show!


 Lisa Estridge (Tanya) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Lisa Estridge was a joy to watch throughout the show. She was un-apologetically sassy, funny, and larger than light. Watching her slay during "Does Your Mama Know" was one of the best parts of the show.


 Lisa Estridge (Tanya) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Truly embodied Tanya onstage. She really shined throughout. I would love the opportunity to see her in other productions.


 Matt Wolfe (Bill Austin) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

He brought something new to Bill that I just loved. Great performance. He really stole the scene so many times he was on stage. Great comedic commitment to the role.


 Matt Wolfe (Bill Austin) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Matt had a great charisma and enthusiasm that was contagious! A joy to watch, and provided some of the biggest laughs.


 Matt Wolfe (Bill Austin) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

What a charmer! I enjoyed Matt Wolfe as Bill Austin. His singing was very nice and his interactions with Sophie were lovely and sincere. Also, his dad dancing was second only to my own dad's terrible dancing and I enjoyed every minute of it.


 Other/Final Comments Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

An exciting version of a well beloved show. Balance the charm of a small island with Larger than life musical numbers.


 Other/Final Comments Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The ensemble for the show was wonderful. Jonathan Luke Stevens especially stood out as a funny Pepper, and the guys chorus in general was a lot of fun to watch.


 Other/Final Comments Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

This production took the deeply moving parts of the show (I needed tissues for Slipping Through My Fingers and The Winner Takes It All), and tied them all together with the silliness and fun. It was beautifully executed. The main roles perfectly cast. I really did not expect to love it as much as I most certainly did.


 Sarah Rudinoff (Rosie) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I enjoyed Sarah Rudinoff's Rosie, especially during her solo number.


 Sarah Rudinoff (Rosie) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Strong, fun performance. Amazing vocal range. I loved every moment she was on stage. Just a joy to watch.


 Sarah Rudinoff (Rosie) Mamma Mia!  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Such a powerhouse performance for a supporting role! Great comic timing and a heck of a good belt-er. A joy to watch!


 Andi Alhadeff (Emma Goldman) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Her duets/numbers with the Younger Brother were very moving and powerful


 Comments (Actors) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Eric Ankrim is amazing. His portrayal of Houdini really helped drive Tateh's narrative. "Break those chains." He then transitioned to the racist fire marshal and other characters (like the police) effortlessly and without confusion. So good.


 Comments (Choreography) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The baseball scene was very well done and creative!


 Comments (Choreography) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The choreography for the show was fun and varied.


 Comments (Choreography) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Use of movement and dance was great


 Comments (Costume) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

great use of simple pieces to help cast change into different characters (ensemble to lead to ensemble)


 Comments (Direction) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The entire funeral procession was powerful and cutting the music was stunning.


 Comments (Direction) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The show clearly had firm direction. The cast worked together wonderfully, the staging was interesting and inventive. I loved the choice to use the piano as key pieces like the car and Sarah's coffin.


 Comments (Direction) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

the use of the entire cast (even leads) as ensemble and a bare stage was very striking


 Comments (Direction) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Using minimal sets, the direction told several meaningful stories that resonate with most everyone who would be watching. Wonderful casting. Flawless transition. Great use of space.


 Comments (Ensemble) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Amazing job by everyone as a group. The movement of ships, vaudeville scene, factory line, and portrayal of immigrants really stands out.


 Comments (Ensemble) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The cast worked together wonderfully to cover a huge variety of roles, crowds scenes, you name it.


 Comments (Lighting) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The lighting design was truly beautiful. The use of silhouettes was very fitting, and there was a lot of interesting work with shadow.


 Comments (Lighting) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

because the stage was so simple, the lights were very important in highlighting mood and different scenes. the use of shadows in the ship number was striking. the use of different colors was great. For instance, the use of red during Coalhouse rampage and red bumps with gunshots. Also liked how the lights that were on stage by orchestra were used.


 Comments (Lighting) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The lighting, in addition to the actors, was the star of this production for me. From the blinding bright lights at the close of the opening song to let us know things were indeed changing, to the use of shadows for larger-than-life character emphasis, and the use of the silhouette motif in the funeral procession and other places down to the flickering lights during the “baseball game” to give an old-time movie element to the action – all were impressive and enhanced the telling of these stories. The lighting enhanced the limited set, and actually seemed to function as “the” set for me. Incredible artistry.


 Comments (Overall Production) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

This musical had everything it possibly could – the three main stories flowed well together and culminated in a hopeful ending. The historical elements were on point, and action moved smoothly. Humor was infused appropriately, and every aspect, every actor, the lights, sound,music, etc. was integral to the beauty of this piece. Great music, great acting, great staging – it was just incredible. But most importantly, I left the theater thinking deeply of this piece, how America has not come very far in these 90 years since the production was set to have taken place, and the beauty of humanity that was then and now. I left sad, but hopeful. It was a truly beautiful, impactful, timely, piece of theater.


 Comments (Scenic) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

minimal, but effective and creative. loved the use of the piano for both car and casket.


 Comments (Scenic) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

very simple but never confusing when scenes were changing from house to library to ship to vaudeville show to a different city.

I really liked the use of the swing in the vaudeville number and then the taking away of the curtain and chairs and addition of branch flower piece

the use of the piano as a piano, car, and coffin


 Comments (Sound/Music) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I normally have issues at the 5th with the Sound System - this play was well balanced throughout!


 Comments (Sound/Music) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Music sounded brilliant.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Sound mixing for a musical on this scale is a huge and daunting task, but it was flawlessly done. The balance was good throughout, there were no notable issues, and the sound never distracted. It's the rare musical where that is the case.


 Danyel Fulton (Sarah) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Ms. Fulton delivered a powerhouse performance as Sarah. "Your Daddy's Son" is a haunting and damn difficult song and her performance of it was stunning.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

At the end of Sarah's funeral. The complete silence it took the cast to exit the stage was extremely powerful.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I loved the stripped down aesthetic and the utilitarian usage of props/set pieces to convey a sense of destruction/rebuilding that aligns with the main tenants of the piece.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Sarah's solo song.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The assassination of Coalhouse - while I knew that it was going to happen, I was hoping in this production, it wouldn't. The sound of the gunfire and the silence just after brought to heart this injustice in the past, and unfortunately, still today.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The beautifully lit parade of silhouettes following Sara's coffin at the end of act one.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The end of Act I, with the funeral procession for Sarah. Smooth combination of music and stage composition, and the decision to have the line of actors leave in silence was a good one.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The horrified, heartbroken hush of the Act 1 Finale


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The moment where Sarah died was heartbreaking. I was moved by the song afterwards, this play really dragged you into every moment.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The scene with Tateh and daughter before he sings "Success" is heartbreaking. A man offers to buy the daughter off the street, then hurls insults of "YOU PEOPLE" referring to Tateh. He replies, "I am not "you people." I am Tateh. And she is not for sale." Then he sings "Where's the America we were supposed to get?" Reality sets in, and eerily mirrors a bit of American society today. 🙁 What a relevant, timely production.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The stark contrast between the sparse set and rich lighting and costume designs was refreshing. From the moment the actors slowly walked across the stage to the beat of the slow, ragtime music, I was hooked!


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

the three groups at the beginning (opening) number and how they related, were different, and their hopes/beliefs.

the long funeral procession line at the end of Act I where the whole cast (ensemble) is in black and following Sarah's body to the cemetery.

the normalcy of racism and how that drove characters' actions.


 Defining Moment Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

When Sarah accepts Coalhouse and comes down the stairs to him.


 Douglas Lyons (Coalhouse Walker III) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

What a powerhouse performance and what a voice. Coalhouse is a huge role and Mr. Lyons embodied it fully. He was funny and charming and irresistible with Sarah, proud and well spoken in public, passionate, angry, and inspiring in Act Two.


 Joshua Carter (Tateh) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

He had the most moments out of the actors that I felt really moved. His opening number, his hope for his daughter to have a better life, his despair at the America he found, his duet with Kendra....all so good. I felt like he was one of the most engaging and brought to life characters.

A moment that really stood out to me was when the guy tried to buy his daughter and his reaction and subsequent actions.


 Joshua Carter (Tateh) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

The kindness and integrity oozing out of this character through Carter's portrayal was breathtaking. He was compelling, gripping, emotional, and the essence of his primal, fatherly love permeated the theatre. I was honored to be enveloped in this performance.


 Kendra Kassebaum (Mother) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

absolutely fantastic - not only does she have a strong voice, but she acted through every song, using intonation and characterization throughout her delivery rather than just "singing pretty." The result was a strong sense of character and connection with the audience.


 Kendra Kassebaum (Mother) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

As the emotional glue of the whole show, Ms. Kassebaum as Mother delivered a lovely and moving performance. She was subtly strong, and it was a joy to watch her grow as a caretaker, to learn about herself, and to watch her budding relationship with Tateh.


 Kendra Kassebaum (Mother) Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

Her songs really drove the narrative of the show and her singing is so powerful and so emotional. Her transition from the beginning to end of the show was believable and amazing. Her acceptance of racism in the beginning to taking in the baby and Sara to the end was really captured in her song solo in Act II.


 Other/Final Comments Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

It is unfortunate that there were sound issues, but overall the show was really good. It was nice to see a show be so simple (minimal set) and let the characters and their talent stand alone. The use of all the actors as ensemble was a great idea and really well used/incorporated into the show. They did a great job. "Our Children" duet was so good and moving. The rally scene and the song "he wanted to say" by Emma were also great numbers.


 Other/Final Comments Ragtime  - 5th Avenue Theatre

I couldn't put it in the Ensemble box for some reason, but want to recognize Lauren Du Pree as a flawless ensemble member who played many roles well and whose solo on "Til We Reach That Day" was one of the best in the show.


 Andrew Murray (Miss Texas) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

So committed to this character. High energy and big smiles from Texas. He was great throughout.


 Christian Quinto (Miss Industrial Northeast) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

I like the attitude he brought to the character. Great comedic timing.


 Clayton Cooper (Miss Great Plains) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

"I Am the Land" oh my god.


 Clayton Cooper (Miss Great Plains) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Really committed to the character from talk to walk. A joy to watch every time he was on stage.


 Comments (Choreography) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

perfect for a Pageant show!

moments that stuck out to me: Miss Texas' talent portion; the interpretative dance


 Comments (Choreography) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Very pageant-esque, but with extra theatre professional flair. It made sense for the show. Super engaging and fun.


 Comments (Costume) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

great costumes!

what stuck out to me: the gowns; Miss Texas talent outfit, Frankie's velvet tuxedo; moomoos; wigs; the small differences in the physical fitness costumes


 Comments (Costume) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

The costumes were really fun and representative of the contestants' personas. For instance, Ms. Bible Belt always wore modest attire and had her arms covered from evening wear to the swimsuit competition. Meanwhile, Ms. Deep South always looked like a southern belle from make-up to hair and especially dress style. Ms. Northeast had a hip more modern style and Ms. Texas wore a lot of red from the big red state.


 Comments (Direction) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

WOW. What a great use of the stage. I was worried about the large beams limiting my view, however, the actors navigated them effortlessly. The actors moved around, stood, or danced around where they were almost always in my sight line. In fact, the beams became part of the staging when the contestants were talking about beauty products. the beams provided a backdrop and enabled the carts to rest there when not in use.

Additionally, the use of the stage as a whole was well planned out. I didn't expect so much of it to be in use with such a small cast, but it was and it made sense. There was a lot of creativity and smart decisions in the use of space. The transitions looked effortless, except when they were supposed look like effort. Ms. West Coast ran all around the stage for her dance performance, then immediately returned to sell a product. The little moment of taking a breath fit the moment and was funny due to the situation.

I look forward to seeing more from this director.


 Comments (Ensemble) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Their performance together looked effortless and natural.


 Comments (Lighting) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Fabulous job with lighting. Set the mood as needed. Also, really like the dimming when Ms. Texas was shooting at the lights.


 Comments (Lighting) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Moments that stuck out to me: spotlights on contestants on stairs; red, white, and blue lights for USA; light up cubes


 Comments (Overall Production) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

I was really blown away by the show. It was so much fun and had a high production value for a smaller company. I would highly recommend others to see the show again and again.


 Comments (Scenic) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

I have attended local beauty pageants, and this would have been a top set up for a local pageant. It was felt so authentic from the huge Glamoresse sign to the bright pink stage. High quality. The tiara chandelier was the cream on the crop.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

All the mics were so clear throughout. The music balanced nicely with the actors' voices. Also enjoyed the gun sound effects.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

moments that stuck out to me: the hotline; the swimsuit voice overs


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

It is hard to pick one moment to define the show. It went far beyond my expectations on so many levels. One moment was when Ms. Texas performed her talent. There was a great mix of choreography, song singing, comedic timing, and costuming. It set the stage for the rest of the performance, which added their own defining moments. I loved so much of it.


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

It's really a toss up between two musical numbers: "Banking on Jesus" by Miss Bible Belt and the puppet show by Miss Deep South. Both had me absolutely losing it the whole way through.


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Miss Bible Belt's song was an absolute show-stopper.


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Miss Texas' dance number was INCREDIBLE.


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Miss Texas' talent section of the competition - wow, just wow.


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

The introduction of all the contestants was everything a pageant should be. Glamorous and stunning.


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

The large past year winner presenting the large beauty product from glamouresse.


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

When Miss Texas brings the previous winner forward


 Defining Moment Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

When Ms Indusstrial Northeast was eliminated


 Helen Roundhill (Frankie Cavalier) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

She totally disappeared in this role. She was just amazing. Her comedic timing was amazing and fun. I don't think the show could have been as successful as it was without her strong performance.


 Jelani Kee (Miss West Coast) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

The talent show dance was everything. He was so committed to the character. The eyes he gave the host. Too funny. He really played off the other actors well and brought a lot to the character.


 Nicholas James Tarabini (Miss Deep South) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Delightful performance.


 Nicholas James Tarabini (Miss Deep South) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Loved his performance, especially with the puppets. There was so much fun back and forth. It was a delight to see.


 Other/Final Comments Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

A lovely and funny production from this new theater company.