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"ON YOUR TOES"
BACKSTAGE WEST
 
"On Your Toes" / REPRISE! Theatre August, 2007
 
 Reprise likewise outdoes itself in revitalizing a classic score. These evergreen songs from composer Rodgers and lyricist Hart overflow with lilting melodies, clever lyrics, and lush romanticism, interpreted to perfection by music director Gerald Sternbach and his orchestra.
-By Les Spindle

 

"ON YOUR TOES"
BROADWAYWORLD.COM
 
"On Your Toes" / REPRISE! Theatre August, 2007
 
Reprise! has a predilection for a classic Broadway style, and with On Your Toes, just such a nostalgic piece of art is once again delightfully achieved.  With the on stage orchestra, led by the always wonderful music director Gerald Sternbach, it is easy to drift off to the Golden Age of Broadway.
 
-By James Sims

"MY ONE AND ONLY"
LA TIMES
 
"My One & Only" / REPRISE! Theatre Sept. 2006
 
George and Ira Gershwin tunes benefit from director-choreographer Dan Mojica, who gets high-voltage hoofing from his valiant corps. Musical director Gerald Sternbach and his sleek orchestra are exemplary.
 
-By David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
 

 
"SWING"
OVETURE
The Official Publication of Professional Musicians, Local 47, Los Angeles, CA 
 
SWING!' Has Swung! / Cathy Rigby McCoy, La Mirada Performing Arts Center May 2006
 
Orchestra comprised of all Local 47 members who played wall to wall music for the musical "Swing!" - and swing it did.  You almost wanted to put on your dancing shoes!  The original Broadway concept was by Paul Kelly and the original direction and choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett.  The production at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment was as good as it gets.  Tunes like "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Jersey Bounce," "Airmail Special," "Jumpin' at the Woodside," "Harlem Nocturne" and "I'll Be Seeing You" were carefully dissected and masterly performed by the orchestra.
    The band was center stage during the entire performance, with some of the player's stage front to inter play with the dancers and singers.  They looked and sounded great, another tribute to the best that Local 47 has to offer.
-By Vice President Vince Trombetta-
 
Orchestra members - Dave Lotfi, drums; Joe Jewell, guitar; Tim Emmons, bass; Daryl Arhcibald, piano/conductor; Christopher Maurer, trumpet; Garret Smith, trombone; Phil Feather and Vince Trombetta III, woodwinds.

"NEVER GONNA DANCE"
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
 
"Never Gonna Dance" / Musical Theatre West, Capenter Performing Arts Center February 2006
 
"Archibald and his orchestra have an expert handle on the vintage score"
-Eric Marchese, OC Register-

Click for complete review of Never Gonna Dance in OC Register