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Here’s What The Critics Are Saying About Danette…



This article about Danette appeared in The New York Times.


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Excerpt: “From the opening circus spectacle to the show’s pyrotechnic finale, Ms. Sheppard is a presence; she even soars 25 feet above the tambark in a rhinestone-studded fantasy costume with silvery embellishments.”



This article about Danette appeared in  The Times Record.
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Excerpt: “With a vocal range that dips into bass and soars up to high soprano, [Danette] has what the local theater described as a ‘broad and vivacious gospel voice’… [Danette] carries herself with a quiet but determined presence and a calm that comes from feeling comfortable with one’s place in the world.”



This review of Soup, Soap and Salvation appeared in the Roanoke Times.


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Excerpt: “Under the musical direction of David Caldwell, the show offers some awe-inspiring numbers. Danette’s powerful voice is especially impressive.”



This article about Danette appeared in The Amsterdam News.


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Excerpt: “[Danette’s] voice is a beautiful vocal instrument and richly complements this year’s circus, which is chock full of not only new acts, but wonderful tried and true acts


Excerpted from The New York Post :: March 22, 2004 :: Article by William Neuman

One of [the circus’] best moves has been the addition of singer Danette Sheppard, as a more soulful counterpart to brassy ring-master Kevin Venardos.
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Excerpted from BroadwayStars.com :: March 18, 2004 ::
Article by Ellis Nassour

There’s another female first in this edition of [Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus]: Danette Sheppard, a soul diva with quite a belt is the show vocalist — billed as the “Siren of the Circus.” She has quite a moment in a very strange Kiss of the Bat Woman production number…

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Excerpted From The Circus Report :: January 9, 2004 ::
Article by Barry Phillips


Perhaps the performer who will generate the most press during the course of the tour is Danette Sheppard, who joins the show as the first featured female vocalist in the history of The Greatest Show On Earth®. Danette sings some outstanding duets with Ringmaster Kevin Venardos in the production numbers, but she also has several featured turns during the performance. This lady has a presence that absolutely fills the arena and can she ever SING! She is particularly striking as a jazz singer in the 1920s themed “Elephant Club” number and, in one of the show’s more striking visual moments, as a 20-foot-tall “sorceress” introducing the flying act amid scores of giant, glowing butterflies.

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  This review of Ain’t Misbehavin’ appeared in the Connecticut Post.


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Excerpt:  “There are powerful moments throughout. The women particularly have the ability to style and phrase and move into a song – and the voices to back it up. Sheppard can do any number of wondrous things with a tune……”



This review of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas appeared in the Scranton Times Tribune.


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Excerpt: “Danette E. Sheppard as Jewel is the best counterpart Ms. Heavner has in this production. Combining a style of soul, blues and gospel, the talented performer got this critic’s attention…..”



These reviews of Chicago appeared in the Auburn Citizen.


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Excerpts:  “Jim Ferris as Amos and Danette E. Sheppard as the matron are worth the price of
admission….. She shows considerable ability as an actress.”

“Danette’s delineation of character enhances her
musical delivery. The duet with Velma, could make a show all by itself.”



This review of The Last Session appeared in City: Rochester’s Alternative Newsweekly.

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Excerpt: “Danette E. Sheppard, whose character is simply called “The Diva,” is new to the show but sounds like she’s been with it forever. Playing two women who can’t stand each other, they work extremely well together on stage. Coleman and Sheppard are also powerhouse singers, who give everything they’ve got to Schalchlin’s pop-gospel music.”



This review of Smokey Joe’s Cafe appeared in the Post Standard.


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Excerpt: “Danette brought her big voice and big attitude to her work, especially on a rip-roaring ‘Hound Dog’ and a ‘Fools Fall in Love,’ which brought down the house.”


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