The Philadelphia Inquirer
"I do not want to give too much away, but the deliciously sassy Rebecca Robbins is magical at Marie."
"Rebecca Robbins is simply stunning as Marie (who turns into the Fairy Godmother) with her dulcet tones reminiscent of a young Barbara Cook."
" Rebecca Robbins's charismatic performance is delightful. Robbins plays Seger with a perfect blend of genuine warmth and irrepressible sass."
" Ursula, played by Rebecca Robbins in her 19th production with the Walnut, is wonderful. Robbins continually makes her roles fun to watch, whether it’s being Paulette in Legally Blonde or as a sea witch in the form of an cecaelia (half human, half octopus) who does anything for more power."
"The most colorful and hilarious characters in the show Paulette, played by Rebecca Robbins, and her packaged love interest (the UPS guy) absolutely steal their scenes. The dynamics, the setup and the over-the-top “Bend and Snap” seal the deal on making this show one for the books."
"Hair salon owner Paulette (Rebecca Robbins) was colorfully costumed by designer Kurt Alger. Robbins is not only a comedienne but displayed a roaring belt in "Ireland"."
"Stafford has assembled a first-rate cast of Broadway and national tour veterans (and two well-trained dogs) to support Brunner’s star turn. Paul Schoeffler, as Professor Callahan, and Rebecca Robbins, as the salon stylist Paulette, are standouts, making the most of their character-defining numbers."
"Elle finds a perfect compatriot in her manicurist, Paulette, brought to life by Rebecca Robbins. She brings such perfection to this fun, quirky character role. Ms. Robbins portrayed Carlotta in Phantom on Broadway, so while she is not new to character roles, this is a vastly different kind in a totally different key… she delivers with great skill and does some heavy lifting with the comedy relief."
"And the very best thing here is wondrous Rebecca Robbins as Corine, maid of Léonide. What a voice..."
"Rounding out the small cast are three fierce supporting players: the golden-voiced Rebecca Robbins as Léonide’s servant Corine, a role one wishes included more solo singing for this beguiling songstress..."
"The musical only comes alive when its comic relief takes center stage. All praises to Rebecca Robbins, who lights up the production as Corine, Léonide’s lady-in-waiting, and sings the rest of the cast off the stage. She’s ready to headline a show of her own..."
"Rebecca Robbins is Florence. It takes discipline not to throw in a true note once in a while. Yet it becomes astonishing clear how adept Robbins is in singing badly. The squawks that she emits when straining for high notes sound as if she were a goose trying to pass a kidney stone after inhaling helium. With Robbins' great charisma and nuance we soon become endeared to this fusty dowager despite her full-throated onslaught on tone and pitch. Robbins resembles Lucille Ball and exhibits similar comic chops. When Jenkins plays a recording of her singing, Robbins' brings the house down as she gleefully lip synchs. She reminded me of Lucy drinking vitameatavegamin."
"Leading lady Rebecca Robbins is a trained opera singer, yet she is somehow able to recreate the bizarre “musicality” that catapulted the real Madame Flo to Carnegie Hall. She looks like a typical Park Avenue matron in the Margaret Dumont mode but when she sings… well, it resembles the sound of a cat being run over by a car. Listening to her rendition of “The Laughing Song” from Die Fledermaus is like standing in a shower of needles. How can a wonderful singer like Ms. Robbins force herself to sing flat and sharp continually? Movie soundtracks can be altered, but this performance is “live.” You have to see/hear it to believe it. The real Florence Foster Jenkins made recordings, and they attest to the amazing accuracy and comic timing of Ms. Robbins’ performance."
"With virtuoso resourcefulness, Rebecca Robbins plays Jenkins’ reactions to criticism as bemused, aloof, scornful, pitying, hurt, and often merely nonplussed. Robbins also shines in song. Only an accomplished artist (Robbins studied at Curtis) could sing this badly. And she is close to the real Jenkins sound. (You can hear Jenkins on YouTube.)"
BEST OF PHILLY THEATER 2017
"Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Walnut Street Theater, Sept. 12-Oct. 15). With its “bravura performance by Rebecca Robbins,” Hugh Hunter (theatre critic) found this play moving, more than a match for the Meryl Streep movie."
"Rebecca Robbins demands attention as Grace Farrell, Warbucks’ secretary, with her beautiful and expertly produced lyrical voice." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"Rebecca Robbins, she of the soaring soprano, recently toured in PHANTOM. Herman's lyrics are so plaintive and touching in "If He Walked Into My Life" from MAME. Robbins embraced the words as if they were her own to torch a ballad to which we all relate." - Broadway World
"Rebecca Robbins brings down the house with her showstopping renditions of "Before the Parade Passes By" and "I Am What I Am." - Talkin' Broadway
"Rebecca Robbins proves incredibly flexible as she channels characters a la Aunt Eller, Dolly, and Frau Schneider, and her vocal prowess never fails to impress." - Broadway World
"Rebecca Robbins was a worthy leading lady who made Joanne Bogart's roles into her own, with hints of Patti LuPone and Angela Lansbury." - Broad Street Review
"Rebecca Robbins, blessed with a melodious voice, shines as Picasso's wife, Olga Koklova." - Curtain Up
"One of the first characters we meet is the Opera’s Leading Soprano, Carlotta Giudicelli. As I stated before in the performance I saw this role was played by her understudy: Rebecca Robbins. You would have never guessed it. Sometimes you can tell when an understudy is playing the character. This was not the case. Rebecca owned this role and boy did she impress. Great acting and tremendous vocals, carried the Opera through the whole show!" - My 2 Cents Reviews
"The restaged production seemed to put a heavier focus on Carlotta (taken from Piangi and Meg), but deservedly so when Carlotta is played as skillfully as Rebecca did. She had a great voice, humorous yet thoughtful acting, and an overall entertaining, engaging portrayal." - Stranger Than You Dreamt Blog
"Smiling and laughing and happy to meet fans in the lobby for autographs and pictures, long after the end of the performance — Rebecca is the type of performer everyone can’t help but love." - Fosters Entertainment
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