REVIEWS

HEIST! A NEW MUSICAL
The Players Theatre
Book by Alex Koceja, Music by Michael Uselmann
Directed by James Will McBride

“Cynthia (Claire Leyden, a classically trained soprano) plays the leading lady, whose talents have been miscast. The musical is a swingy, jazzy musical about love. She can’t restrain herself from hitting high operatic notes, making her numbers sound anything but swingy or jazzy. Love scenes come out hilariously stultified.”

— Nicole Colbert, OFF OFF OFFLINE

“The cast, however, features some strong performances… these include especially the red-haired Claire Leyden as Cynthia–with a strong, soprano, operatic voice”

— David Kaufman, THEATERSCENE.NET

HEIST! A New Musical - Photo by Michael Kushner

Victor Herbert’s The Enchantress

THE ENCHANTRESS
Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE!
Directed by Alyce Mott

“The production was well cast across the board, but Leyden was perfection in the title role. She had the voice, the grace, the poise, the beauty and sensitivity to carry off the part, while being utterly convincing as a woman worthy of a king giving up his throne. In the sequence that first introduces the show’s big tune, “To the Land of My Own Romance,” her ravishing singing and that of the ensemble made for a heart-stoppingly gorgeous moment. Elsewhere, her renditions of the rueful “The Goldfish Song” and “All Your Own Am I” were delivered with equally outstanding vocalism and feeling.”

Harry Forbes

“Five princesses are vying for the Prince's attention. Pardon our rambling association but we thought we had wandered into Act II of Swan Lake! And then "Odette" appears in the person of the beautiful and sought-after Vivien, sung by the beautiful and sought-after Claire Leyden, who has a magnetic stage presence and a crystalline soprano with an appealing vibrato. She captures the heart of the fickle prince. And the hearts of the audience as well… Ms. Leyden brought charm and freshness, as well as a stunning voice, to the production.”

— Meche Kroop, VOCE DI MECHE

THE SORCERER
Book by W.S. Gilbert, Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
The College Light Opera Company
Directed by Mark A. Pearson

“As the lovebirds at the heart of the story, Daniel Terry and Claire Leyden clearly delineate the personalities of their characters through dynamic or relaxed physicality — over-the-top expressions and obliviously optimistic yearnings for him, mostly sophisticated and beguiling turns in the spotlight for her. Leyden’s lovely soprano takes flight like a butterfly, while Terry’s tenor blends beautifully with her as they duet.”

— Kay Keough, THE BARNSTABLE PATRIOT

“Claire Leyden (Aline) has a spectacular voice and she and Daniel Terry (Alexis) are an enchanting pair as they share their rapture. Generally in G&S, the soprano and tenor leads are serious and play it straight, but in this show, and under this direction, they’re enchantingly witty and engaging.”

— Deborah G. Scanlon, CAPENEWS.NET

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer - Photo by Juliana MacLaughlin

Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon - Photo by Juliana MacLaughlin

BRIGADOON
Book by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe
The College Light Opera Company
Directed by Jacob Allen

“As the bride-to-be, a radiant Leyden performs a ballet with her attendants, lovely in its simplicity.”

— Cindy Nickerson, CAPECODONLINE