See it if As Miss Blanche, Brian Charles Rooney gets a "part & a 1/2" & takes it to the moon With a sensational voice & ferocious acting he's the show
Don't see it if Unfortunately, the book's beginning is banal & songs are uninspired Drama does pick up as we uncover who 'Miss Blanche' really is & why
See it if you like Brian Charles Rooney & a solo show performed by an actor with extraordinary vocal range, or have an interest in 1960s LGBT history
Don't see it if you expect a happy story with a warm, fuzzy ending or aren't interested in drag or New Orleans LGBT life.
"Ambitious, but not necessarily successful. Pritchard’s art songs tend to meld into one another and could use a bit more va-va-voom, and the switches in point of view from Lee to Blanche and back again are often unclear...'Miss Blanche' works best as a vehicle for Rooney...He is particularly comfortable portraying bittersweet sexual ambiguity and androgyny, and his vocal agility is the show’s greatest asset."
"Among the top shows at this year's NYMF. Jason Jacobs and Matthew C. Pritchard's musical, bursting with memorable numbers magnificently performed by Brian Charles Rooney, blends the confessional format of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' with the breathy nostalgia of Tennessee Williams in a moving and highly satisfying work...The music itself shows sophistication and a deep sensitivity to this cabaret style of storytelling."
"A nuanced story and a tour-de-force performance...The conceit is a drag show, but really, it’s a solo show. And a remarkable one at that...Lee/Blanche reveals his inner self while transforming from a man...into a totally believable woman...It was a literally jaw-dropping performance by the mega-talented Rooney...Kudos also to Jacobs and Pritchard for writing a piece that both looks back but resonates today, and has layers of interest and meaning to keep us interested and focused."
"The scenes are often heartbreaking and deeply engaging...The story is so well crafted by Jason Jacobs and the storytelling by Brian Charles Rooney is so pristine that to give much detail would require a spoiler alert. Mr. Rooney unpeels the layers of Mr. Jacobs’s book with the precision of a skilled surgeon...Under Gisela Cardenas’s stunning direction, Brian Charles Rooney delivers a bravura performance...A fine-tuned, superbly crafted piece of theatre"
"An intelligent and timely piece...What makes this so interesting is it is a cross between a cabaret, drag queen performance and a solo show. It blends all the elements together to create a piece that is completely captivating. Brian Charles Rooney is mesmerizing and so talented...Jason Jacobs' book is heartbreaking and touching...The band is hot, the actor is superb and sadly this show needs a longer run."