PRAISE FOR THE U.S. PREMIERE OF THE PERFECT AMERICAN

“POWERFUL PRESENCE AND VIRILE BARITONE, A GREAT PERFORMANCE”

“It all adds up to a portrait of a complex, flawed genius. Disney dominates the action, being onstage and center most of the time and singing most of the music. Justin Ryan’s powerful presence and virile baritone [lead one] to appreciate what is a great performance.”

—JIM RUGGIRELLO Long Beach Gazettes 3/17/2017

 “MAGNETIC”

“This sympathetic interpretation owes a lot to Justin Ryan’s performance. Besides being a melodious bass [sic] with incredible stamina, he is also a magnetic actor. We see in him that Disney’s childlike persona is no corporate-produced mask, but his true self. His gamboling around brings levity to an otherwise very dark opera, and a nonverbal moment of interaction with a child establishes that Disney’s ego is exactly what made him such a great storyteller.”

—JACOB DAVIS Picture This Post 4/26/2017

“BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL SINGING, ENAMORING CHARISMA”

“Justin Ryan as Walt Disney sing[s] beautifully and powerfully with excellent tone and diction. Ryan naturally gets the most stage time, since Walt is the main character, and it is a testimony to his skill that we never tire of his performance. Even when we are disgusted by the things he declaims, we remain enamored of his charisma.”

—BARNABY HUGHES Stage and Cinema 4/25/2017

“TOUCHING”

Baritone Justin Ryan makes something oddly touching of Disney’s paranoia and neurotic need as he helplessly faces his mortality.”

—JOHN VON RHEIN Chicago Tribune 4/24/2017

“A CLEAR AND COMMANDING VOICE”

“Baritone Justin Ryan has a clear and commanding voice and an ability to grab your attention and hold on to it.”

—M.L. RANTALA Hyde Park Herald 4/26/2017

“SUPERB”

“Justin Ryan was superb as Disney, singing with a robust, firmly focused baritone throughout.”

—LAWRENCE A JOHNSON Chicago Classical Review 5/01/2017

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