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Reviews for The Best of Broadway

Show reviews Orchestra reviews Performer reviews Letters from Presenters

 

Show Reviews

"I have never seen more talent among four people than I saw in their performance tonight"

Bobbie Wygant, NBC 5, DALLAS


"Four fabulous performers with dynamic voices and dazzling dramatic talent recreate memorable moments from more than three decades of Andrew Lloyd Webber's internationally award- winning productions."

Peggy O'Hara, FULLERTON NEWS TRIBUNE

"This was an impressive quartet of performers and their professionalism showed brightly at every turn and nuance at the Kirby Center. The dynamic performers yielded a seemingly unending stream of Lloyd Webber masterpieces. Whether it was the passion from selections from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA or lighthearted numbers from CATS, THE BEST OF BROADWAY turned out to be just that both in program content and presentation."

Alexander Choman, CITIZEN'S VOICE

"You missed out if you weren't at the Norris Theatre last weekend. Raymond Saar, Diane Ketchie, Valerie Perri and Scott Harlan carried the audience through many of Webber's memorable and seldom heard compositions - all worthy of praise. The talent on stage was palpable. The fine singing was interlaced with excellent, well-researched and interesting anecdotes about Webber's career. If the remainder of the year's shows are as good as this, the Norris Theatre has a winning season on its hands."

Frank Brown, PALOS VERDES NEWS

"BROADWAY COMES TO CARMEL at the Sunset Center introduced its audience to Andrew Lloyd Webber last Friday and what a success it was! Four gifted veterans of the Broadway stage, Raymond Saar, Diane Ketchie, Valerie Perri and Scott Harlan, created a sumptuous evening of Webber highlights. The performers provided a roller-coaster ride of Webber hits interwoven with a fascinating and entertaining narrative thread. All in all, it was a joyful, intimate and musically superb evening. Encore!"

MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD

"Musical theater lovers will find a veritable feast served up on the stage of the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center. THE BEST OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER is a concert-style show featuring the powerhouse voices of three Broadway veterans, all of whom have had first-hand experience starring in Sir Andrew's musicals. The purity of their voices and nuance of interpretations as well as the show's up close and personal style contribute to an enhanced enjoyment and deeper appreciation of Webber's music."

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES


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Orchestra Reviews

Long Beach Symphony - "Raymond Saar was superb as he belted out Sondheim with real grit, making every biting word understandable."

John Farrell, LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM

". . . from the piano, Ketchie delivers the evenings knock-out punch, a Victor Borge like treatment of Webber hits in the style of Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff."

Eric Marchese, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

"Diane Ketchie's performance of RHAPSODY IN BLUE was rewarded with a passionate standing ovation."

SUN LAKE TIMES

Milwaukee Symphony - "Diane Ketchie was in splendid voice, filling the auditorium with a sound of unpretentious clarity, superbly supported throughout the dynamic range."

Jay Joslyn, THE MILWAUKEE SENTINEL

Pasadena Pops - "Ketchie and Saar were extremely powerful in selections from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and in a bawdy rendition of Master of the House from LES MISERABLES." -

Robert Thomas, SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE

California Philharmonic - "the duet from THE MERRY WIDOW was simply breathtaking due to the marvelous vocal talents of Diane Ketchie and Raymond Saar." -

Pat Taylor, THE TOLUCAN -TIMES


"Diane Ketchie, in a stunning display of virtuosity, whizzes through difficult music and sings beautifully. I can think of no one in the popular, Broadway or classical world who can do all the things she does and do them so well."

Bernard Holland, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"At the core of the production are top-notched performances. Raymond Saar's robust tenor is equally electric in his ballads and up-tempo numbers."

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Performer Reviews

Reviews for Raymond Saar

"At the core of the production are top-notch performances. Raymond Saar's robust tenor is equally electric in his ballads and up- tempo numbers."
LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Raymond Saar is a splendid singer with a richly textured tenor voice and a luminous presence on stage."
LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Lehman Engel's workshop at the Mark Taper Forum has showcased the talent of many performers. None more than Raymond Saar, whose performance of If I Had a Penny to My Name stopped the show and filled the theater with inspiration."
DAILY VARIETY

"Raymond Saar's regal, feline grace commands attention as Lun Thau (THE KING AND I) and his voice soars in the romantic duets."
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Mr. Saar's performance of Raoul (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) creates the drive and passion needed in the final scene. All I Ask of You is a standout song as Vroman and Saar's voices blend beautifully."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

 

Reviews for Diane Ketchie

"Diane Ketchie, in a stunning display of virtuosity, whizzes through difficult piano music and sings beautifully. I can think of no one in the popular, Broadway or classical world who could do all the things she does and do them so well."

Bernard Holland, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Diane Ketchie, looking and sounding like a young Beverly Sills, adds a major touch of class to the production."
THE STOCKTON RECORD

"Keep an eye and ear on soprano Diane Ketchie. In a song recital sponsored by the Civic Music Association, she put her powerful and compelling instrument on display."

Roxanne Orgill, THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

"With a vocal style reminiscent of Julie Andrews, the stunning Diane Ketchie sounds lovely in Lloyd Webber ballads and from the piano delivers the evening's knock-out punch with a Victor Borge-like treatment of Webber's hits in the style of Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. "
Eric Marchese, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

"Ketchie was in splendid voice, filling the auditorium with a sound of unpretentious clarity, superbly supported throughout the dynamic range."
Jay Joslyn, THE MILWAUKEE SENTINEL

"Diane Ketchie is a triple threat - combining her skills as an actress, pianist and soprano."
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Reviews for Valerie Perri

"Perri is outstanding. ....She owns the stage."
Judith Newmark, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

"Valerie Perri is a sensational Evita. She could easily rival the Broadway original. She sings everything superbly, and makes the grandstanding Don't Cry For Me Argentina the platforming anthem it is."
BOSTON GLOBE

"I cannot heap enough praise on Valerie Perri's performance. The woman can sing. Perri added 100 watts of charisma to this production. Everything was given a fresh musical treatment."
Michael Barnes - AMERICAN-STATESMAN, AUSTIN, TX

"Valerie Perri is brilliant. With energy and precision, she transforms Evita into one of the great acting-singing roles of contemporary musical theater."
VALLEY DAILY NEWS, LOS ANGELES

 

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Letters from Presenters

"I wanted to express my thanks for your fantastic concert. You were professional, congenial and delightful to work with. Both performances were completely sold-out and the quality of the singing and staging was excellent. Our local newspaper called it '…one of the best performances ever to appear on the Norris Theatre's stage.' Our audience and I unanimously agree!"

Robert Myers, Managing Director - Norris Theatre for the Performing Arts


"Thanks so much for the wonderful show last season. My audience
is still talking about the show and asking me when I am bringing you back. Your rapport with the folks in the house was terrific. Again, thanks for a great show."
Peter Lesnik - Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Executive Director

"HOLIDAY ON BROADWAY, featuring Broadway stars Diane Ketchie, Raymond Saar, Valerie Perri and Scott Harlan, provided an unforgettable evening of music that definitely put our audience in a festive mood. This show featured not only classic holiday favorites, but also a collection of timeless Broadway tunes that entertained and lightened the spirits of everyone in attendance. All the performers in this great show displayed an abundance of talent, charm, wit, and a wonderful rapport with the audience. We definitely plan on having them back one day in the future!"

Robert Poole - Louisburg College Auditorium

"Raymond Saar, Diane Ketchie, Valerie Pern, and Scott Harlan are the best at presenting top notch and audience pleasing Broadway programs that we have ever worked with. Twice now, we have presented this marvelous quartet. I have never experienced a group that is more willing to work with us in an effort to ensure a quality performance. Thank you for a great evening!"
Don Gavitte - Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center, PAC Manager

"What can I say except thank you for an exquisite show at our California State University Performing Arts Center Theater? The audience loved every moment and the "legitimate" standing ovation clocked in at nearly five minutes and was fully deserved! An absolutely first-rate, lovely and mesmerizing performance by four terrific people! Thank you for a job brilliantly done. We'll do it again!"

Keith Evans - California State University, Northridge Performing Arts Center

"I want people to know how pleased I am with all of the work we have done together over the years. You provide some of the finest thematic entertainment I have ever seen. The quality of your productions I have brought to theaters in Dallas, San Diego and Palm Desert has been outstanding. Each performer is a top professional with years of experience. The shows are well written and the pacing ensures a happy audience. I can certainly recommend ETC Entertainment Company for any type of program, from corporate function to ticketed public event."

Mitchell Gershenfeld - McCallum Theatre, Director of Theater Presentations