FOR A NEW WORLD Reviews
LOS ANGELES OVATION AWARD NOMINATION RUBICON
THEATRE'S - SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Wrtten by Jason Robert Brown /
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
ANGELES TIMES THEATER REVIEW - by Philip Brandes
"Standout moments belong to Benson"
VARIETY REVIEW - by Joel Hirschhorn
"Confrontationally comedic Cindy Benson is an arresting, no-holds-barred
performer, and she barrels into songs with terrifying commitment.
As Mrs. Santa Claus, who feels rejected by her husband's worldwide
holiday treks, she initially suggests Marlene Dietrich on speed,
then fragments hilariously before our eyes while screaming, "Nick,
take me with you!" Her rendition of a suicidal wife in "Just
One Step" is the kind of brassily ethnic showstopper Barbra
Streisand would have done in her "Funny Girl" days; Benson's
protest "I'm not gonna kvetch," as she contemplates her
bloody corpse splattered across Fifth Avenue, is a hair-raising
piece of theater".
WEST - by Tom Jacobs
"Benson has several showstopping numbers in the Elaine Stritch
tradition, which she pulls off brilliantly."
COUNTY STAR - by Rita Moran
"Cindy Benson delivers with searing force. She has amazing
energy, agility and humor."
COUNTY REPORTER - by Stacey Wiebe
"Cindy Benson, who starred as Mme.Thenardier on Broadway in
"Les Miserables", is at all times ENERGETIC and alternately
tragic and hysterically funny as a woman who sings her neuroses,
anger, pain and joy"
BARBARA NEWS - byTom Jacobs
" PERFORMED BRILLIANTLY by Ms. Benson."
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BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Cindy Benson, Songs for a New World,