"The songs are just really splendid...The trio is versatile and full of life, eagerly and originally taking on the new character each song brings...They have comedic timing way beyond their years. Most of all, they simply tell the story the song yearns to tell through the canvas that is uniquely their own. Furthermore, they perform it all with vocal sophistication, masterful dynamics, and technical prowess." Full Review
"Charlotte Maltby impresses with every number. Her acting is spot on, her stunning range is shown off to the hilt and her presence captivates…Krystal Joy Brown and Bobby Conte Thornton are slightly uneven…[Director] Maltby interprets his own songs with comedic flair…This show is for anyone who loves musical theatre and wants to discover emerging new talent. Bravo York, you have done it again." Full Review
"For the optimistic among us, Maltby and Shire’s work remains a timeless and relevant musical self-help session that explains how and why we fall in and out of love...Maltby is the real stand-out here. Her angelic voice is captivating, and she really knows how to act a song...'Starting Here, Starting Now' is the ideal show for the intimate York Theater space and it is easy to understand why so many other companies produce it. It doesn’t propose to be anything other than joyous." Full Review
"The York Theatre Company has unfurled a revival of 'Starting Here, Starting Now' and the result is delightful. Not only does Maltby, Jr. astutely direct the show, but one of the three winsome stars is the lyricist-director’s daughter, Charlotte Maltby. She’s a knockout of a performer with a lovely voice, deftness with comedy and possessing the ability to move with flair and sexuality...It is enjoyable to appreciate the snappy lyrics and tuneful music." Full Review
"'Starting Here, Starting Now' passes the test of time with high marks as it explores the trials and tribulations of love, relationships, and self-discovery...The cast of three are all talented and capable...These three are generous performers and understand collaboration as they fuse their individual skills to become a theatrical force...At times tempos seemed off...this is not an easy show to master." Full Review
"The material, despite, or perhaps because of its universality and innocence, holds up just fine...Brown has a powerful voice which selectively utilized would serve her well, but forces most of the songs she contributes...Maltby and Thornton have a solid handle on lyrical expression. Both can act, both have excellent voices...It wouldn’t hurt to switch out and add a ballad or two for balance. Be that as it may, this is an 'up' evening of tuneful, well-articulated songs." Full Review
See it if you missed it the first time it played! The music is beautiful, the lyrics intelligent, the performers delightful. A lovely evening.
Don't see it if you're looking for something to just wash over you. You'll want to listen to the lyrics -- this is intelligent, fun, beautiful, delightful.
See it if you liked York's Closer Than Ever a few years ago, you are a fan of Maltby & Shire, like great voices, see rising star Bobby Conte Thornton
Don't see it if you are not a fan of reviews, don't like story songs, expect a little more meat in your shows
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