SBMT audiences are invited by email to provide feedback after each performance, and they are consistently lavish with their praise. Here are the rave reviews we received after some of our recent productions, along with a sampling of unsolicited testimonials posted to Yelp.
On The Town
“What a great night. Best production of this musical we have seen. I wanted to hug the whole cast.” – Susan D.
“The Taxi number was UNBELIEVABLE! I’ve never seen anything so amazing.” – Susan D.
“I enjoyed the performance and staging very much. You tried very hard to make this an outstanding performance, it kept me breathless at times.” – Heinz B.
We thoroughly enjoyed the show!! What an awesome way to spend an afternoon!! So impressed with the caliber of the show!! Thanks for providing the Bay Area with such high quality of theater!! – Clare L.
I enjoyed the performance and will recommend it to others. I enjoyed the music, dancing, and especially Marie Finch’s singing. Please keep up the great shows and you can count on us to return.” Jack C.
“We enjoyed our Saturday night On the Town experience! The costumes, set design, humor, dancing talent orchestra! Altogether a fun time!” – Jeanne T.
“I just thought the show was amazing. What a cast, what sets, what costumes!!!! What dancing!” – Margo K.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the show. Great to be back.” – Connie G.
“Catherine Traceski takes to the stage as cab driver Hildy Esterhazy, a ten million watt powerhouse. Energy and singing and acting talent fairly pour out of this young lady who steals the show with her presence and vocal power. She is the shining jewel of this production.” – Theatrestorm, Otto C.
Shout! The Mod Musical
“I thought the show was fantastic! I could not get to my feet fast enough to give a standing ovation.”
“Last night was so much fun. The check-in was very easy and because of the vaccination requirement and the mask requirement I felt very safe.”
“The show was a delight: great voices, great acting, good music. I was impressed by the speed of the costume changes.”
“I left the theater with a smile on my face. Thank you to all the volunteers with South Bay Musical (Theatre), I can’t imagine all the work that went into a Covid-safe theatrical production.”
“Loved the show. So wonderful to see live theater again. Checking in was easy and I feel good about precautions being taken.”
“I loved the performance and felt very comfortable with all the steps that were taken at the Covid checkpoint. The performance was very uplifting, which I feel is needed during these trying times. Will definitely try and spread the word about returning to theatre, especially SBMT.”
“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s performance of “Shout.” The music and singing, the stage set, the costumes, and the acting were all wonderful. Congratulations and thank you.”
“We plan to attend other performances as time permits.”
“This was an outstanding performance. Did not even bother us that we had to wear a mask. Enjoyed every minute.”
“Roger and I patiently (okay, mostly patiently) waited a year and a half until we could return to live theatre once again. What a way to welcome theatre goers back to SBMT! Shout! The Mod Musical proved to be a fantastic production!!! All five women were so talented, and the music carried us right back to that time in our lives. I am not exaggerating when I say we left the theatre giddy.”
“As to the ease of Covid checkpoints, everything was very well organized and it took hardly any time at all to receive our blue stickers. Making masks mandatory was the right call. Thank you for making live theatre safely accessible.”
“Already looking forward to the next production.”
“The show was great! Those gals can really sing and dance. A very uplifting show. I missed the live performances and so happy you are back ?? ”
“Really enjoyed the show! everything was handled very smoothly.”
“It was our first show out since March of last year and what a way to start. We were very impressed with the singing and choreography – the amount of time everyone must have spent to get it to come off in such an entertaining way. Wow!”
“We have told our friends already about it. It is a must see. My favorite was ‘To Sir With Love’ because I remember the movie so well.”
“We will see you at all the next performances.”
“It was great fun and a pleasure to see a group of talented women. Getting in was easy, and it was comforting to see the security health measures. Bravo, keep up the good work.”
“Enjoyed it very much. All the ladies were great singers.”
Loved this production with all the songs I grew up with! The fact that all the actresses performed with full energy the entire time without an intermission was amazing. All five were extremely talented and I was very glad I was able to attend. I really appreciated the theater’s Covid procedures. It went smooth and was easy and I felt comfortable and safe once inside. I will definitely come back again.”
“It was fun seeing our niece Heather as the Blue girl…and the rest of her cast!”
“It was a fantastic show. We enjoyed every minute of it.”
“I had a great time. It was fun and the ladies were fantastic.”
“The show was fabulous. So happy to have live theater back.”
“The three of us totally enjoyed the production of SHOUT. The singers were fabulous and the orchestra was excellent. Looking forward to the next show.”
“The acting and singing in Shout was top notch.”
“We truly enjoyed the show and being back in the theatre.”
“For us the COVID vaccination review intake process worked fine. I know it isn’t easy but it worked very smoothly. The Sunday matinee in particular seemed to bring out an older crowd, but you did a good job in helping them through.”
“For the show itself, it was the first time I had seen a production of Shout!, and I enjoyed the walk back in time. It was very creatively done within the small set. The costumes were perfect.”
“Sorry to say this, but a huge “Shout” out to the performers! The voice work and harmonies were amazingly well performed. The musical itself has a pretty limited plot but the work they did truly helped to connect the travel through the years.”
“Having this be a small ensemble and small band was a great way to ease back!”
“We continue to be enthusiastic fans!”
She Loves Me
“I have been going to SBMT for many, many years and I have to say that this past season has just been excellent, probably the best ever! Everything about She Loves Me was just great – kudos to all!” — Elaine E.
“Whittemore and Finch’s duet is pure audio dessert.” — Michael J. Vaughn, Operaville
“The ensemble is just as strong as the primary characters, and the orchestra is impressive.” — Paul Bolton, Broadway World
“Every aspect of the production is first class and big-smile producing.” — Eddie Reynolds, Talkin’ Broadway
“A warm romantic comedy with a touch of old-world elegance” — Susan C. Schena, Saratoga Patch
“Wonderful show and quite a surprise” — Gerrye W., Dingdingtv.com
“Thank you so very much for bring the excellent musical performance of She Loves Me. It was all rounder program, every aspect of it was perfect. Thoroughly enjoyed the acting, singing, social treat afterwards…. Thank you again for bringing that to us. — Sulekha C.
“A very delightful and fun show- everyone was exceptional!” — Laura C.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
It was absolutely fantastic! We really enjoyed the play. — Mary C.
The show was terrific! Ticket ordering was easy, the theater was very nice. This was the first South Bay Musical Theatre show that I have attended. Thank you very much to all for such a great evening! It was clear how much work and how much attention to detail went into the production from the acting to the music, to the sets and the costumes, props and special effects. Congratulations to all!
Thanks — Marian R.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show yesterday afternoon. One of the best I’ve seen in a while. — Elizabeth Stutz
Great, great show. Well done all around – acting, voices, costumes, sets, directing, orchestra. Should win awards for this delightful show! Helen H.
The show last night was fabulous — from the costumes to the set to the marvelous actors and the crew behind the scenes. It was all just spectacular! My husband and I spent the entire ride home talking about it. I am coming back and bringing five friends with me on October 4th — ladies night out! This will be their first time seeing an SBMT production. They know I love musicals and have been interested in seeing some. I think “A Gentlemen’s Guide…” is the perfect introduction. Thanks for all the work that went into this show. I am reaping all of the benefits. — Kathryn C.
As I said to the producer, we have been to many SBMT events, but Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder was by far the best we have seen. Great voices, effective acting. The “Talk Back” session after the show was a very nice way to give the set designers and wardrobe folks accolades, well deserved. We will pass the word to our friends. — Rich and Marian D.
Once again, loved it! Can a Saturday day show start at 7 pm rather than 8? — Thomas S.
I very much enjoyed this wonderful show. It was creative, charming and very entertaining. The acting and singing voices were excellent. The costumes and set and choreography were all great. I will recommend it to friends. The fact that this musical play originated from a movie starring Alec Guinness also is unusual and interesting. — Anonymous
We saw A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder when it opened on Broadway and South Bay Musical’s production is every bit as good! All the leads and players are excellent! Sets are first-rate! Orchestra is flawless! Not a misstep anywhere! — Steve C.
Just got home from Sunday’s performance with huge smiles on our faces! Loved the production. Although the music won’t linger in our memories, the complexity of the show, the delight of the ensemble, the versatility of the actors (especially the dazzling Michael Paul Hirsch), as well as the “choreography,” stagings and props will remain. And, then of course, the final moment in which we are alerted to the fact that “it’s not the end.” Well, that was a capper! Well done. We have a treasure in our community that we love to support. Bravo. — April C.
We went to A Gentleman’s Guide yesterday and found it delightful, even more: hysterical. We need a good laugh right now with the affairs of the world. The theatre is a perfect place to get into another world of fantasy and laughs. Great acting, amazing costumes and sets. Thank you for providing relief from this crazy world of reality. — Roberta C.
What a fun show! We thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very cleverly done, most amusing, well-acted and sung. Bravo! — Jeanne B.
We attended Gentleman’s Guide yesterday evening. We’ve seen several of your shows, and my wife and I want to extend the highest congratulations to your company for a fantastic production. We’re involved with community theatre on the mid-peninsula so we can appreciate the tremendous effort it takes for that show. The cast, directors, designers, and crew were spot on and made for a very enjoyable evening. Keep up the great work — Don and Catherine C.
Great costumes and voices. Volume level of the sound system was uncomfortably too loud for my ears. This was my first attendance of one of your musical productions. I have tickets for two more; hopefully, they will not be as loud. Yes, I would recommend your productions with this caveat. — Jean Ann L.
It was a fabulous show. We all loved it. Beautiful voices! The best we’ve seen in years! — Anonymous
Vibrant, exciting and talented performers. Amazing how you uncover such spirited local triple threat actors and bring Broadway hits to the South Bay. Keep breaking your legs. —Steve I.
It was too cold in the theater last night but thanks to the person who found some small blankets at intermission. Hope this doesn’t continue for the rest of the season. — Masel S.
It was wonderful. Afterwards we said to each other, “I can’t imagine Broadway doing it better.” The voices! The clever sets, the choreography, costumes — it was flawless. This is our first time to your theater. Promise to come back. Congratulations on your hard work. — Lyn M.
We really enjoyed the performance of A Gentleman’s Guide … One of the best that we have attended at SBMT. The acting and singing were terrific! — Robert W.
This was our first show with South Bay Musical Theater at this theater and it was outstanding! Great cast, great orchestra—we really enjoyed it and look forward to future shows. — Dianne R.
Well done — and not easy to do — I didn’t keep my program — left it for you guys — so don’t have names to applaud — but two leading ladies’ voices were wonderful — and in the duets as well and of course — the man who played so many characters — deserves an Oscar — he is sooooo talented. It was good fun. Costuming was really well done for the period, too. Thanks for a fun afternoon in the theater. — Jacqueline C.
OMG…Was the funniest play ever. Everyone in our group of 18 loved it. Thank you to everyone who had a part in this production. — Barbara B.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Another great performance. We continue to be impressed by the depth of talent we see on your stage. It is a privilege to have a theater so close to us that offers such great shows. None of the stress we used to endure traveling to and parking in San Francisco. As we get more and more senior it grows in value. Thanks to all who put in so much time and energy to make this possible.” — Chuck and Ruth E.
“I have never been to a show here and it was AMAZING! I took my mother who is 93 and she loved the place. Small and nice ramp to get into the theater. Singers and dancers were really talented. We will be back for more shows!!!!! Thank you!!” — Lanni C.
“Never have I been to a bad play at SBMT! (And I have been going for years!) Everyone seemed like really pro-stars off broadway! Great show, and I highly recommended it to several girlfriends who came along with me and my son, too!” — Arleen K.
“What a fabulous cast. Maybe they can do another show some time! Looking forward to the next year’s selection.” — Pat and Don S.
“Show and performance was fantastic. Congratulations to the whole cast and crew. A job well done. Already have our season tickets for 2019-2020; I bought the whole row. Thank you again from all five of us for a wonderful afternoon.” — Shirley C.
“This is by far the best production I have ever seen played on that stage. The music, dancing, staging, timing, singing, acting, and scenery were right on. Congrats on a marvelous production.” — Norma S.“
The shows are always great! The dancing, the singing, the acting, all top notch! Every person on stage was strong in all three areas, which is so rare. The costumes and sets and choreography [were] terrific. What a treat!” — Barbara G.
“Fantastic show! Tight, great choreography, great singing, fantastic orchestra! Couldn’t believe it was opening night!”—David Y.
“Really enjoyed the show. Great talent and enthusiastic cast.” — Steven I.
“Great show with such wonderful talent. What a treat.” — Linda T.
“I thought the show was brilliant. The comedy, the energy of the whole play — I laughed the whole time. The talent is incredible.” — Kayleigh Z.
“The singing and dancing is so outstanding. It’s choreographed so well.”— Greg A.
“Fantastic! Terrific performances! Beautiful voices. Absolutely delightful experience watching Thoroughly Modern Millie. Thank you for bringing such a well done performance to South Bay Musical [Theatre].” — Colleen B.
“I have enjoyed every SBMT production in the last ten years. Each new show manages to somehow surpass the previous. Millie is Marvelous! Thank you for another incredible afternoon!” — Dana M.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the performance; it was great! We had great seats — middle of the third row. But there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. The humor, singing and dancing were great. I like that you put the paragraph in the program about human trafficking, to make people aware that it still continues. Not sure if I liked how the two Chinese men were portrayed in the beginning. But in the end, their parts expanded so they weren’t a caricature.” — Elizabeth I.
“Thoroughly wonderful…high-octane song and dance production.” – Silicon Valley Voice
“Thoroughly enjoyed Big River. The singing was outstanding! The sketches—the King (or Dolphin) and the Duke of Bilgewater—were hilarious. Loved the Arkansas song and dance—delightful. Best of all were Ben Hatch as Huck Finn and Anthone Jackson as Jim. Ben captured the free, naïve character of Huck so well in this coming-of-age story. Through Huck, Mark Twain shows the wrenching moral dilemma slavery presented to pre-Civil War America. When Huck decides he’d rather go to hell than turn runaway slave Jim—his truest friend—in to the authorities, he speaks with deep moral conviction. Hatch convincingly portrays this. Anthone Jackson gave a moving performance as Jim, maintaining his dignity as well as his very human side. Both men sang beautifully—the duet ‘Muddy Water’ made me want to join in and sing along. I loved this performance and highly recommend it. Sorry, Mr. Twain, but I found your plot moving, as relevant today as when it was first published. So shoot me!” — Susan C.
“A really enjoyable performance of Big River. Fabulous singing, choreography and acting. I live in the UK just outside London and this performance would have been worthy of the West End stage in London. A really great show.” — Patricia S.
“It was FANTASTIC. WILL COME AGAIN.” — Anne D.
“Wonderful enthusiasm of the cast! Great music!!!! Great choreography! Can’t wait to see the next play.” — Barbara S.
“Big River was wonderful—one of your best! What great voices!!”— Dorothy F.
“Big River was the best show so far this year. Incredible voices, crisply combined to provide a riveting and spellbinding performance.” — Steve K.
“My granddaughter (19) and I attended and totally enjoyed the performance, particularly the wonderful music. Thank you for all you do.” — Mary S.
“Big River was outstanding!!!! Clever set, great costumes and like Hunchback, the voices of the chorus were over the top. As I told my husband, if it had been a bare stage and the cast just sang the songs (concert style) it would have been worth the price of the ticket. I am recommending this one highly.” — Carol Knouf
“The play kept moving at a fast pace and was well choreographed. It didn’t seem long and was over before I knew it. I thought the set design was clever with the adjustable size river and the map showing the progress of the play.” — John Christ
“Just saw this screen’s performance. As good as any New York production. I’m very impressed with this theatre company as a former New York City resident who attended hundreds of Broadway productions. This was an excellent cast. Thank you for these productions. Looking forward to Thoroughly Modern Millie. — Irwin Z.
“The presentation of Big River was outstanding. The voices were excellent, strong and with feeling. It appeared to be flawless. It was very well rehearsed and beautifully presented. Thank you all. We have been attending performances for many years and each presentation seems to surpass the last.” — Janice K.
“This was our first show at this theater. It was a great production. What a talented cast. Great voices, choreography, costumes, stage set, lights, sound and musicians. All four of us enjoyed the show very much. We will be back.” — Irene J.
“Great show and all were perfect in cast! — Arlene K.
“A phenomenal production: Big River. The entire cast was the star. No one outshone anyone—rare in this type of show. Huck and Jim were a perfect pair. Anthone’s powerful voice and wide range blended beautifully with Ben’s, never overpowering him. Of course, Anthone’s solos moved me to tears. Speaking of overpowering, which could happen, but didn’t with this duo, Walter and Michael (Hirsch) played off each other and complemented each other with every word, move and glance. Thank you for a most enjoyable experience. — Caroll W.
“I had a terrific time at the Big River matinee last Sunday. It’s definitely a must see.” — Roberta S., via Facebook
“Excellent performance. The entire cast was outstanding.” — Kevin D., via Facebook
“My friend and I could not say enough good things about your production of Big River! Such a strong cast of talented actors! Live music. Humor, drama, and social commentary that is as relevant today as it was when it was written in the 1800s. Bravo!! Thanks for making our Sunday afternoon a SUPER PLAY day!” — A.M.R.
“Hope to see more of Ben Hatch & Anthone Jackson. Wonderful performers. Great show as always.” — Shirley C.
“This was a wonderful performance. Well worth the 4 hour drive each way.” — Stan K.
“Hi – We enjoyed the show last night. I just wanted to compliment you on the healthy snacks that you offer. Most places do not offer that and I think a lot of thought was put into it and we appreciated it very much! You have a great lineup for next season and we will be back! Thank you for not turning on the cold air in the theatre!” — Monica S.
“Loved your Big River production. Spectacular group of performers. Loved the music.” — JoAnn S.
“We very much enjoyed your production of Big River last evening. Music was great, along with the story line and variety of actors involved in the performance. This was our first visit to your theater, but for sure will come again. Thanks.” — Dick and Lynn A.
“We totally enjoyed the musical last night. We are anxiously looking forward to the next one.” —Sterling and Judy H. and other guests
“Incredible casting. Performers well suited for the character played. High energy. Good projection of lines. Easily understood. Simple but effective stage props. Clever hanging banners need to stay up a bit longer in order to be read by the audience. Very enjoyable performance. Thank you.” — E.F.S.
“This was my first time attending an event at the South Bay Musical Theatre. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The play was fantastic—actors, orchestra and technical staff! I will definitely come back.” — Judy H.
“Big River was my first SBMT performance, but it won’t be my last. Friends who had seen the Broadway show recommended it because they know I’m a fan of Roger Miller. Access was easy, my seat in row K was good, and the production was terrific. And did I mention it’s a 10-minute drive from my home in Saratoga? Can’t decide if my next event will be Thoroughly Modern Millie or South Pacific. And I may even let my husband join me this time. He thinks going out is usually a hassle so seeing a SBMT show will be an eye-opener for him too. Kudos to everyone involved in this production.” — Sandra R.
“I have shared the excitement of this event among family and friends. I loved the experience of the orchestra’s coordination with the performers. This along with the props and lighting. All came together to give the audience the feeling of big theater! What a wonderful performance and delivery by all. Thank you so much! Bravo! Bravo!” — Jacqueline F.
“Enjoyed the production. Disappointed Jim did not do more solo singing. Had problem understanding Tom, but Huck was very clear—even with my hearing aids. Thank you for the blankets for the second half! You do a great job and it takes a lot of work, which I appreciate.” — Marge B.
“We enjoyed Big River immensely. We felt bad for all the empty seats next to us from our party. For one reason or another various ones were unable to make the show, which has never happened before. They chose to go on other nights or not use their ti