Reviews

The Last 5 Years

marika-theatre-reviews-bps“Marika Aubrey displays great vocal and acting chops. She brings wonderful comic zest to songs about performing with a second-rate provincial theatre company in Ohio and the trials of auditioning, yet also manages to capture Cathy’s lack of confidence…Growing in power as it unfolds, it is a poignant, bittersweet musical with understated but genuine emotional heft”.

Jo Litson The Sunday Telegraph

laugh_lowres“…well balanced and entertaining, with a wonderful performance from Aubrey. Jason Robert Brown’s score and lyrics were Broadway flavoured with affecting sentiments. This suited the considerable talents of Aubrey, who with a beautifully sweet, true voice realized all of the technical aspects of the music. However Aubrey also excelled in portraying the emotional content of the songs and the nuances of mood. You believed this woman was raw and hurting. Aubrey travelled from laughter in ‘A Summer in Ohio’ and her audition piece ‘Climbing Uphill/When You Come Home’, to despair in ‘Still Hurting’ keeping the audience with her all the way. This was particularly evident in the skilful rendition of ‘I’m a Part of That’. Aubrey gave a standout performance”.

Felicity Burke Aussietheatre.com

“…an attractive and well-tuned production that allows actor-singers Marika Aubrey and Rob Mills ample room to shine”.

Jason Blake The Sydney Morning Herald

Last5Years7“…the performers are nonetheless skilled musicians who handle Brown’s challenging score with aplomb. Aubrey brings down the house with the show’s most conventional showstopper, “Summer In Ohio”.

Pierce Wilcox Time Out Magazine

mariika-image-reviews“The terrific musical theatre talents of Marika Aubrey and Rob Mills ensure truthful acting and impressive singing throughout, enlivening the show’s blend of humanity, drama and wit.

Neil Litchfield Stage Whispers

“Marika Aubrey is stupendously talented. She is a stunning singer, and extremely magnetic actor and award-winning Cabaret performer… a tender and beautiful Cathy, and she can sure sell a song!”

Augusta Supple

“Marika Aubrey as Cathy is brilliant, giving a wonderfully sung, subtly acted performance…This intimate production showcases two terrific performers playing characters we grow to know and really feel for”

Lynne Lancaster Arts Hub Australia

Marika Aubrey’s performance of Cathy would satisfy even a diehard  JRB fan. Her vocals were strong but controlled, sassy but spotlessly pure. She had the audience in fits of laughter during the number Climbing Uphill, close to tears in Still Hurting and uncomfortably squashed between the two emotions during I’m a Part of That.”

Rose Hodson Australian Stage

“…with Marika Aubrey and Rob Mills aboard, backed by a five-piece band, the journey is an enjoyable and moving one.
Both performers have easy charm and voices to suit. Aubrey gets a cracker of a song in I Can Do Better Than That…Recommended”.

Elissa Blake The Sydney Morning Herald

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Jo Litson The Sunday Telegraph

“…the performance (including the arrangements by fellow Aussie Geoffrey Castles) was without a flaw! For a full hour Ms. Aubrey kept everyone enthralled with her sparkling stories, exciting movement, and most of all, her fantastic Broadway belt (she actually did a Merman song without microphone)…With just the right balance of information and song, the show could very nearly called “cabaret perfection.” Several times I had to restrain myself from shouting “Brava” (OK, I did break the reviewer’s code of silence once, but I couldn’t help it)…I truly hope that Ms. Aubrey will return soon!”

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Stu Hamstra Cabaret Hotline Online

“…the New York cabaret community will hopefully get to see and hear a lot more of this redhead, perhaps on her next go-round. Referring to herself as a ‘sensual ginger ninja’, Marika Aubrey is a powerhouse of vocal artistry… She is a gutsy gal with a big voice…”

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2010

“Among performers to watch in the future are the promising Marika Aubrey whose vocal power and attack in Schwartz’s mighty Meadowlark was akin to being pulled on to an emotional rollercoaster, then hanging on for the sheer excitement, danger and thrill”.

Bryce Hallett Sydney Morning Herald

“…the truly sparkling star of the show would surely be Marika Aubrey and her rendition of Meadowlark. MC Todd McKenney conceded he tainted the moment by describing Aubrey’s performance as “singing the crap out of it” – But he was right”.

Edwina Starck The Independent Weekly

“Cabaret divas Donna McKechnie and Caroline O’Connor were magnificent, while stunning redhead Marika Aubrey blew everyone away with her powerful rendition of “Meadowlark”. Aubrey was a true standout and from this song alone her show is a must-see”.

Melissa Phillips News Review Messenger

“…As promised by Todd McKenney, red-headed Marika Aubrey did indeed “sing the crap” out of ‘Meadowlark’, Stephen Schwartz’s most requested show-tune…Aubrey is blessed with one mighty voice, and a confidence that belies her newcomer status”.

Sean Riley Aussietheatre.com

“She has a beautiful voice and is sure to delight”.

Barry Lenny Glam Adelaide

“New York stage legend Donna McKechnie – without a doubt a woman deserving the title of legend, the powerfully-talented Caroline O’Connor and the perfect Marika Aubrey took the stage in a way that show cabarets love of big performances, the sideways glance and the love of stories will always be a mainstay.”

Russell Emmerson Adelaide Now

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“…Aubrey is an absolute firecracker on stage – she has a powerful voice and an excellent stage presence that makes her one of the most exciting performers to come onto the cabaret scene in some time.
Spending an hour watching Marika Aubrey perform is like spending an hour in bed with your dream lover – it’s explosive, mindblowing and more than fulfilling.
…… the audience is completely captured by Aubrey and a voice that hardly needs the microphone, her voice is so strong”

Troy Dodds Aussietheatre.com

Last Of The Red Hot Mamas

Marika Aubrey has the disposition of someone who entirely adores their profession and is made for the stage. She is a truly gifted woman, coupling lovely, strong vocals with a natural acting talent and merging the two with a charming, sassy sense of humour”.

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“Marika Aubrey is a beautiful, entertaining force and her latest show was a definite crowd pleaser”.

Elisha McGill The AU Review

“Marika Aubrey, in The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, masterfully revives the music, the comedy and the life of the Sophie Tucker in a personal and powerful cabaret contribution… Aubrey’s show well and truly exceeded all expectations. The combination of a formidable voice and stellar acting drew the audience forever closer, and is a major draw card…Aside from that voice, Audrey’s writing is the shows greatest attribute… Aubrey dances effortlessly between a number of characters, and this aspect of the performance is truly engaging.

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The music, with Geoffrey Castles leading the polished Five Kings of Syncopation, is brilliant. Aubrey’s comic performance of Nobody Loves a Fat Girl, but Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love is a crowd highlight…”

 

Rowan James Aussie Theatre

From the opening jazz number Aubrey’s strong and sensual voice has the audience swooning. The redhead knows how to work a crowd and channels the oversexed and outspoken star spectacularly”.

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Emma Altschwager Adelaide Now

“…Thanks to Marika Aubrey’s ample vocal chops and terrific comic timing, Sophie now sizzles back onto our cabaret stages, backed by a smokin’ three-piece jazz combo…Aubrey’s cabaret goes way beyond a tribute to the performer with intersecting personal and family journeys based on shared Ukranian heritage… Ultimately, the show-maker is Marika’s energy and her vocal versatility to deliver on a wide range of songs from a gentle, sentimental folk song, to gems from Sophie Tucker’s repertoire, including raunchy comic songs and the blues…”

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Neil Litchfield Stage Whispers

Aubrey has a big, clear singing voice, which she uses well…She also has a big personality and commands the small space at the Hayes Theatre Co with ease. Her patter between the numbers is lively and she develops a warm rapport with the audience… it’s an entertaining show by an assured, engaging performer…”

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Jo Litson Scene and Heard

“Aubrey commands this intimate room effortlessly…Aubrey makes Broadway Blues smoulder beautifully, backed by Bev Kennedy on piano, Jamie Castrisos (drums) and Trent Prees (double bass). Her comic performance of Nobody Loves a Fat Girl, (but Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love) is a standout…Last of the Red Hot Mamas is a fine showcase for Aubrey and in the vaudeville tradition, it leaves you wanting more”.

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Jason Blake Eight Nights A Week

“This is a simply terrific show! Aubrey has crafted a wonderful piece of music theatre… Aubrey has a fabulous voice, impeccable diction and the musical arrangements are wonderful…
Aubrey is versatility itself. She can belt out a big number (tunefully), swivel syncopated dance moves and emotionally move the audience with heartfelt and beautifully articulated, regretful blues…
The full house was attentive and grew more and more vociferous in their appreciation of this delightful package.
Aubrey and Kennedy could take this marvellous concoction anywhere in the worldwide festival/cabaret scene and hold their heads high. A class act!”

Claire Condry Australian Stage

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“Marika Aubrey’s gorgeous rendition of ‘I Get To Show You The Ocean’ had me in tears… In Stitt’s ‘Big Wings’, Aubrey lets loose her big ol’ country belt voice that further demonstrated her ability to sell a strong character”

Xanthe Coward XS Entertainment

Time Is A Traveller

“…joined by the talented Marika Aubrey…they’ll have you in stitches…”

Allison Hilbig theatrepeople.com.au

MIRACLE CITY

“THE hotly anticipated second coming of the Australian musical Miracle City is upon us…Ranging from the rousingly uplifting to the comical and hauntingly moving, Yap’s excellent cast absolutely nails them…powerhouse vocals with Marika Aubrey…”

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Jo Litson The Sunday Telegraph

 

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“…Miracle City feels fresh, heartbreaking and genuinely surprising…Director Darren Yap has assembled an astonishing cast, which also includes the talented trio of Marika Aubrey, Josie Lane and Esther Hannaford as the shows soul-saving Citadel Choir. They do a superb job of bringing Lamberts gospel-inspired score to life and to hear their voices swell up in the tiny surrounds of the Hayes Theatre is spine-tingling at times…”

Polly Simons The Daily Telegraph

 

Esther Hannaford, Blazey Best, Marika Aubrey and Josie Lane. Image by Kurt Sneddon

“It is superb…Hannaford, Lane and Aubrey understand how their performances affect each others; they’re a perfectly calibrated trio. Aubrey keeps them connected as two sides of the same coin by being the one holding the coin firm. Aubreys Eulella delivers her line with a fresh assurance that tells us, clearly, that shes earned everyones trust. There’s nothing wavering about her, and nothing needlessly cheerful either; she’s possibly the only person in the entire show, except for Sizemore, that has perfectly come to terms with who she is…”

Josie Lane, Marika Aubrey, Esther Hannaford. Image by Kurt Sneddon

“Miracle City is a triumph of Australian musical theatre and this production at the Hayes, when it swells to its conclusion, touches the sublime”.

Cassie Tongue Aussie Theatre