Violetta in Pretty Woman: The Musical (Chicago)

"AND I WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO MENTION ENSEMBLE MEMBER ALLISON BLACKWELL, WHO STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT AS VIOLETTA IN THE FAMOUS NIGHT AT THE OPERA SCENE. HER SOARING SOPRANO DELIVERS POWERHOUSE SNIPPETS OF  VERDI’S “LA TRAVIATA.” ~CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"IT ALSO IS WORTH NOTING THAT THE AUDIENCE SAVED ITS GREATEST APPLAUSE FOR THE SCENE IN WHICH EDWARD TAKES VIVIAN TO THE OPERA (VERDI’S “LA TRAVIATA,” THE STORY OF A PROSTITUTE AND HER WEALTHY LOVER), AND ALLISON BLACKWELL (EARLIER SEEN AS A STREETWALKER) STOPS THE SHOW WITH HER BRAVURA PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF VIOLETTA’S ARIAS." ~CHICAGO TONIGHT

"HE EVEN MAKES AN UNEXPECTED APPEARANCE AS THE ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR OF THE OPERA, ONE OF THE BEST SCENES IN THE PLAY. THERE ALLISON BLACKWELL ASTOUNDS THE AUDIENCE IN A BRIEF SCENE FROM “LA TRAVIATA.” WITH HER GORGEOUS SOPRANO, SHE SINGS THE ROLE OF VIOLETTA, PLAYING OPPOSITE ENSEMBLE MEMBER BRIAN CALI, AS ALFREDO. THE OVERALL EFFECT IS STUNNING." ~CHICAGO THEATRE AND CONCERT REVIEWS

Sarah's Friend in Ragtime

"The first act concludes with 'Till We Reach That Day,'  performed with soul and heavy heart by Sarah's Friend (Allison Blackwell) and mourners. By now, one attending this event has already experienced, during its first hour and a half, rapturous and penetrating musical theater. ~ Talkin' Broadway  (Fred Sokol)

"Allison Blackwell as Sarah's friend delivers a magnificent rendition of the first act finale, "Till We Reach That Day" which would stop the show cold if the show wasn't already pausing for intermission." ~ Berkshire Bright Focus  (J. Peter Bergman)

"But it’s Allison Blackwell, as Sarah’s friend, who defines the show’s highpoint with her powerful lead vocal in the spiritual, “Til We Reach That Day” that closes Act 1." The Berkshire Edge (Dan Dwyer)

"When Allison Blackwell as Sarah’s friend lifted her voice in “Till We Reach That Day,” the resolve and the grief in it shook the wide room apart.~btwberkshires.com

Aretha Franklin in A Night With Janis Joplin

“Allison Blackwell (who also brings the house down at Aretha Franklin) offers up a spine-chilling 'Summertime’.”-Variety

"Allison Blackwell is terrific."-Daily News

 "Oh, and let’s not forget the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, who blazes onstage sporting more feathers than the titular star. Ms. Blackwell struts as Ms. Franklin.”-New York Times

Fantine in Les Miserables

"Even his singing, though, is outshone by Allison Blackwell’s Fantine, whose rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” should be used to force Ann Hathaway to give back her Oscar."-dallasvoice.com 

“Allison Blackwell, heartbreaking and beautiful as a womanly Fantine, delivers ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and other songs in a resonant mezzo voice that has everything she needs to make us feel her love and despair." -theatrejones.com

“Also impressive are Allison Blackwell as Fantine who palpably exudes pathos in this, the saddest role in the play." -cravefw.com

Moon/ Washing Machine in Caroline, or Change

“Especially vivid impressions are made by, among others, Allison Blackwell as a crooning evocation of a silvery moon.”- The Washington Post 

Dotty Moffett/Washing Machine in Caroline, or Change

In the basement, the washing machine transforms into a hip-swishing apparition, delightfully brought to life by Allison Blackwell (she’s great here, and even better as Caroline’s forward-thinking friend, Dotty). -KQED Arts

Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music 

"The jewel tones of the nun’s chorus — with a particularly noteworthy showing by Allison Blackwell as Sister Sophia — further bolster the show’s all-around success." -The Star-Ledger

Broadway Close Up: The Songs of Harold Arlen

"Allison Blackwell made her series debut with a sassy “Legalize My Name” from St. Louis Woman, and later tore the house down with “The Man That Got Away.” The first act ended with the trio of Matthew Scott singing “When The Sun Comes Out,” Allison on “Stormy Weather” and Kate Baldwin with “Right as the Rain” each singing separately and together in a complicated David Loud arrangement that was simply thrilling and jaw dropping at the same time".-Theater Pizzazz

Elvis: The King's Songbook at the Kimmel Center

"Allison Blackwell added a magnetic stage presence and expert vocals to the evening.Her voice is rich, with a wide range and very powerful. At the same time, she makes full use of vocal colors, dynamics, from soft to very loud, and facial expressions, depending on the emotion communicated. My favorites were two contrasting performances: “Always on My Mind” and “If I Can Dream.” “Always on My Mind” is a more subdued song, while in “If I Can Dream” Blackwell went into gospel mode, passionate and mighty."-DC Metro Theatre Arts

 

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