THE QUANDO SWING
"Since Broadway can't seem to keep talents of this magnitude occupied audiences starved for good music and solid entertainment can be grateful that cabaret and Rosemary Loar have found one another."
"Loar has that little touch of madness. The sorts of performers Loar recalls include Beatrice Lillie and Madeline Kahn.... It's the interjections of nuttiness (naughtiness) that makes Loar someone worth watching."
"Showing skill as a songstress and songwriter, Rosemary Loar maneuvered her way through a self created forest os singing styles and topics. Her approach ranged from jazz to operatic to show tune, sometimes utilizing all three styles on a single song."
"There is a very emotional core to her interpretations..She performs with a zest that is thrilling and captivating on many levels. It's hard not to be impressed with one so attractive and brimming over with such talent."
STING, STANG, STUNG!
"In "Sting, Stang, Stung! Rosemary Loar is pure magic! Touching, affecting, with the voice of an archangel and looks of a movie star. Loar, who has been in five Broadway musicals, was born to sing Sting,"
Ward Morehouse III, Editor - Broadwayafterdark.com
"Who put's the swing in Sting?... There's much to choose from and (Rosemary's) got the intelligence and wit to match his in an entirely different mood and mode."
Finkle - Village Voice
"thanks to Loar's considerable skill as a singer/actress, and in no small measure thanks also to a treasure-trove of creative, varied, frequently jazz-flavored arrangements, the evening pays Sting the lyricist and Sting the composer all due honor."
Roy Sander - Bistro Awards
"A golden moment became the hour's best moment with a viscera
pairing of "Mad About You" in union with Noel Coward's "Mad About the Boy." This is one of the best medleys to emerge from a cabaret show in the last decade. Other terrific turns came with the more familiar "Roxanne" sung with "Tomorrow We'll See." The same was true of "Every Breath You Take" fused with "Set Them Free." It all proves what Loar is capable of and that she easily has the goods to make it all work to perfection."
John Hoglund - After Dark
Miss Shields in A CHRISTMAS STORY (play version)
“And speaking of daydreams, the one with Ralphie's teacher Miss Shields (played by Rosemary Loar) -- and a surprise sidekick-- is worth the price of admission alone.”
“Some of the biggest laughs come from Ralphie's dream sequences. The cast's comedic chops are on full display in these scenes, including those of mild-mannered elementary teacher Miss Shields, played by Rosemary Loar.”
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSIE
"Loar showcased her own star quality—the unforced expressivity that incorporates her entire being, and which imbues everything she does with the unique flavor of ... Rosemary."
Cabaret Hot Spot
“Eliza Doolittle, Rose Hovack, Norma Desmond, Mame Dennis, and the Grinch
all showed up one evening at to sing their songs...they agreed to all be represented by one remarkable performer—Rosemary Loar,with a voice that ranges from classical soprano to swinging dame and an engaging sense of humor.“
“Loar has a wide range of vocal and emotional expression which makes her more than capable of performing many different kinds of songs. For “Tonight” she becomes an operatic soprano. For “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” she’s loud and brash. “What I Did for Love” is luminous with sincerity.”
“Ms. Loar might be what Sally Bowles had become, had she ever grown up. With a big voice - steely, and at its best in a jazz-infused purr, Loar tackles an ambitious set-list; a dozen and a half of Broadway's most challenging show tunes, interjecting(with a somewhat naughty playfulness) the tales that have made her life upon the wicked stage of interest.”
WHEN HARRY MET THE DUKE
"The show is well written, tightly paced, interesting, inquisitive, and enjoyable. Rosemary Loar is not only a formidable vocalist, but communicates with her audience, showing an openness one rarely observes. Arrangements are top notch, musicianship skilled and symbiotic."
"One of New York cabaret's strongest jazz singers, the 2012 winner of the MAC Hanson Award for "Excellence in Cabaret", her (Rosemary's) erudite and accessibly sophisticated new show featuring wonderful jazz, pop, and Broadway songs from the 1930s-'50s goes down like a delicious vodka martini topped with a skewer of blue cheese-stuffed olives."
"Loar is a jazz artist with a flair for dramatics, slim, trim and lovely in a plum slip dress, Loar is completely in charge of her wide vocally explosive range as it swoops from high soprano to sensuous sultry lows. This couldn?t be more evident than in the cleverly paired “Quando Swing” – a compilation of Ellington's “It Don't Mean a Thing” and a soaring classical Quando M'en Vo. What would Puccini say? I like it!"
"Loar’s voice easily slides from high to husky. She knows how to caress a ballad and belt the blues. Best of all is Loar’s personal appeal. She is vivacious and funny."
Times Square Chronicle
Diane in MARRIED ALIVE
Act II Playhouse
"Loar is perfectly cast, instilling sexuality and intelligence into her character. Her lovely rendition of "It isn't Important" gives the audience a poignangt pause to consider the evolving nature of human affection."
“not to be overlooked is Ms. Loar’s skill as a songwriter”
“impressive...inventive..an accomplished songwriter”
New York Post
“very impressive songwriter...fresh, with just the right amount of contemporary influence”
“she is an accomplished songwriter with more than a few numbers other singers would do well to look into”
“excels in a category usually reserved for the boys.”
Just Plain Folks
(internet music magazine)
Ivy in FAIR AND TENDER LADIES
Phoebe Award for Best Actress in a Musical
"Rosemary Loar, the superb actress who plays Ivy, leads us through it all with a cheerful intensity. Narrating throughout and present in almost every scene, Loar’s impressive stamina mirrors that of her character."
"The remarkable Rosemary Loar creates a multidimensional Ivy Rowe!"
Richmond Times Dispatch
"Rosemary Loar, who remains onstage virtually the entire play, brings depth and authenticity to each stage of Ivy’s life."
Richmond Free Press
"One wonders how it is possible for Loar playing Ivy Rowe, to memorize endless pages of script while maintaining a liveliness and joie de vivre that keeps the show spinning."
"Rosemary Loar who is on stage the whole two and a half hours has a robust contralto voice and carries the songs well...She embodies the spirit of Lee Smith’s memorable character...Loar as Ivy is both mischievous and moving."
Free Lance Star
Mame in MAME
Media Theatre, PA
"In the title role, Rosemary Loar, is a natural and it’s easy to see why she’s in demand on Broadway....she brings an exuberance to the stage as the zany Auntie Mame and can bring the audience to roaring laughter or to silent tears."
The Daily Item
"...Is a lead whose acting is as powerful as her singing voice."
Daily Local News
"Thanks to a terrific high energy turn by Rosemary Loar's hard to imagine the role done any better....and a smile that lights up the stage."
"...is delightful and genuine as Auntie Mame...young, winsome and level headed."
"Loar's dynamic ability has the power to single-handedly captivate the audience."
Main Line Daily Standard
Carlotta in PHANTOM
"Rosemary Loar provides delightful comic relief...she is a riot as the megalomaniacal dive and the “fork scene” in the Bistro is not to be missed."
Suffolk Life Newspapers
Mama Rose in GYPSY
Great Plains Theatre
“Rose was played by Rosemary Loar, who made the ultimate stage mother into someone a little scary. Her obvious talents dominated the whole of the play but left some room for Sarah Hoch playing Louise- the girl who became Gypsy Rose Lee to shine. Hoch and Loar were exceptionally good casting choices”
Marcy in THE AUDIENCE
NYC Drama Desk nominee for best new musical 2005
"Rosemary Loar and Robyn Hussa stand out a with a soul-baring solos in separate mini-domestic dramas."
"Choosing the best singing solo is a tossup between daughter Rosemary Loar’s searing “This Thing That Is Happening”, and Eamon Foley’s delightful rendition of “I Like What I See.”"
"Nancy Shane, gives the daughter a lyrically searing eleven o’clock number that Rosemary Loar intensely delivers, putting much of this story in perspective."
-American Theatre Web
Mrs. Bell in FAME
North Shore Music Theater
"Inga Ballard as Miss Sherman, the English teacher and Rosemary Loar as Ms. Bell, the dance teacher do a superb job on the song “The Teacher’s Argument.”"
On The Aisle
"There are intense performances by Rosemary Loar as Ms. Bell, and inga Ballard as Ms. Sherman. The two square off in a dramatic duet, as well as shining in solos. Loar with a stunning dramatic soprano and Bell will an equally stunning alto."
North Shore Sunday
Grizabella in CATS
“Rosemary Loar possesses an expressive face that registers a wide range of emotions even under a heavy layer of cat make-up. Add to her physical presence a penetrating soprano voice and Loar makes a near-perfect Grizabella. Her electrifying “Memory in Act 2 is a spine tingler.”
The Kansas Star
“Rosemary Loar’s final rendition of “Memory was introduced by a lonely oboe sound. She began in an understated fashion, then exploded in an electrifying burst of sound that carried to the far reaches of the hall...She was the best Grizabella I have heard.
The Pittsburgh Press
"Rosemary Loar is a rail-thin Grizabella, the frail former glamour cat who draws warmth from Memory. Punching out the lyric with heart breaking strength, Loar can hold a torch to any singer around.”
"Rosemary Loar’s ‘Grizabella’s’ attempts of those moves during her first entrance say more about just how far she's fallen than any monologue could have. Loar’s powerful, beautiful rendition of the show’s theme "Memory"” follows. Who needs a microphone with a voice like hers? But it is the later version, just before she ascends to the heavyside layer, that wet many eyes and brought a near standing ovation.”
The Anchorage Times
Gladys Fritts in RADIO GALS
John Houseman Theatre
"Among the highlights are Loar's melodramatic opera singing and theremin playing."
"Rosemary Loar as ‘Gladys Fritts’ is all lace and slink...and steals every scene she’s in..whether singing about the “Fairies in My Mothers Garden or doing a hilarious parody of modern dance in The Tranquil Garden.”
Vi in FOOTLOOSE
North Shore Music Theatre
"Loar is touching and convincing as ‘Vi’, the wife of Rev. Moore. Her scenes are full of painfully contained emotions and delicate songs."
North Shore Sunday
Aoife in OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
Depot Theatre, NY
"At least 80% of a director’s job is casting, and in this case Director Kevin Cochran has done his job well. This is an unusually balanced and very strong cast. All four characters are three-dimensional and they all have just the right touch of an Irish accent. Tony (David Allen) has a moving scene with his son and Aoife (Rosemary Loar) has similar effective moments with her daughter, the heavy smoker
NCPR (North Country Public Radio)