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"...but of course we all want to hear how “Memory” will be done – or undone. Ms. Hayden uses her impossibly high soprano for the introduction, but it is Ashlie-Amber Harris who brings the house down with her velvet, deeply felt delivery. Don’t just take my word for it – ask the goosebumps on my arm."

 

Star Exponent, Maggie Lawrence

 

"Riverside’s “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” is more concert than theatrical production, but the singers inject the same feeling as if they were playing the character onstage. Just listen as Ashlie–Amber Harris delivers a soulful version of “Memory.” Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of the musical about Jellicle Cats, but I am a big fan of Harris. She brings so much emotion to this Grizabella tearjerker, making it one of the show’s most memorable moments. Keep an eye on Harris, she’s a star on the rise."

 

Free Lance-Star, Gail Choochan

 

"Possessing a naturally powerful voice and the ability to convey meaning from every word she sang was Ashlie-Amber Harris. Harris took on a variety of songs, making each one of them her own, especially the ubiquitous "Memory" from CATS and "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Come see Ashlie-Amber in Fredericksburg before you have to pay big bucks and travel to Broadway to see her."

 

Broadway World, Jeffery Walker

"Harris sang a gorgeous interpretation of “You Made Me Think You Were In Love” from Song and Dance, a show most Webber-lovers have not heard of."

 

DC Metro, Joel Markowitz

"But it’s Harris I want to scream about. As magical as the dynamics are between the players and as rib-tickling as their antics, it is Harris that is volcanic. Her supernaturally brilliant comic timing, boffo voice and knockout figure are the stuff superstars are made of. Scatting and soulful in Cher-like gold Lurex, she is electrifying. “The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part)” in which she bemoans being off-stage for too long while our hapless knights gadabout seeking shrubbery (don’t ask) will have you in tears. Harris actually got a huge ovation for this riotous number. See her now before you read about her in Variety. Don’t make me say, “I told you so!” "

 

Jordan Wright, Whisk & Quill

 

"However, the true star was Harris as the Lady of the Lake, whose lush soprano reached dizzying heights and sultry lows. She stole the show with exaggerated facial expressions during hammed up romantic ballads such as “The Song That Goes Like This” and “Find Your Grail,” with Sir Galahad and King Arthur, respectively. Yet the crowning moment of her royal performance was “Whatever Happened to My Part,” a ballad of diva proportions, with flawlessly executed transitions between nuanced runs and a soaring belt. She brought the house down after holding the money note for what felt like days."

 

Sarah Paez, AlexandriaNews.org

"Every musical likes to boast a show-stopper. The Henry Awards ceremony had its own when SuCh and Ashlie-Amber Harris, the leads of the Aurora Fox’s regional premiere of “The Color Purple,” sang the stirring, wounded duet “What About Love?” Local musical theater-goers should be well acquainted with Harris. The fierce performer was nominated for two best supporting actress Henrys: for Town Hall Arts Center’s “Hair” and for her turn as the unapologetic object of everyone’s desire, Shug Avery, in “The Color Purple.” "

 

Denver Post, Lisa Kennedy

 "Ashlie-Amber Harris debuts at BDT in the role of Gary Coleman. Ms. Harris is well known throughout the Denver/Boulder area for her spectacular set of pipes. She’s done “Rent,” “Pippin” and countless other musicals in the neighborhood and she will astound you every time she opens her mouth to sing."

 

Marlowe's Musings, David Marlowe

 

"Ashlie Amber Harris totally stole the show with Shadenfreude" and "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" and she really embodied Gary Coleman. "

 

Broadway World, Micheal Mulhern

 

"The spirit of Christmas Past (Ashlie-Amber Harris) reminds Scrooge of the joys and sorrows that shaped his isolation. Her voice is beautiful as she whips Scrooge around the stage singing “The Lights of Long Ago”. Harris makes her principle debut on the Arvada Center main stage shining brilliantly."

 

303 Magazine, Noah Lee Jordan

 

"...And there are dynamite performances from the two leading women. I'll remember Ashlie-Amber Harris's whole-hearted, full-throated "Aquarius" for a long, long time..."

Westword, Juliet Wittman

"Ashley-Amber Harris is an absolute knock-out as Dionne!"

 

Marlowe's Musings, David Marlowe

"As the Leading Player, Ashlie-Amber Harris was difficult to take your eyes (and ears) off of as she popped in and out of the action. She handled the vocal and movement requirements of this iconic role commendably, like LaFontaine, adding her own incredible style."

 

He Said She Said

 

"Her singing is powerful, Ashlie-Amber Harris’ as “Shug,” the town temptress with the heart of gold and a voice to match (not to mention a lovely nude physique from behind that left the surprised audience giggling awkwardly). "

 

In Good Taste Denver, Thea Tagower

 

"Ashlie-Amber Harris, who plays Maureen’s lover Joanne Jefferson, brings power and a new spice to role, this Joanne isn’t the same one you saw years ago on Broadway, she’s the new edition. With Earls and Harris playing opposite each other, the two are a force to be reckoned with making “Take Me or Leave Me” one of the strongest duets in the production."

 

303 Magazine, Noah Lee Jordan

 

"My favorite performances of the evening were by Russell Mernagh as Roger and Ashlie-Amber Harris as Joanne. Both are stunning vocalists, but they also brought new dimensions to the roles that I appreciated.... Harris as Joanne was fierce, ambitious, sexy, and always a joy to watch on stage."

 

He Said She Said

 

"Ashlie-Amber Harris is mesmerizing as the Gypsy."

 

Marlowe's Musings, David Marlowe

 

"Maureen’s polar opposite partner, Joanne, is performed exquisitely by Ashlie-Amber Harris. Her timing is impeccable, her attitude is spot-on. Harris’ voice is like a peppermint: refreshing, bold, and just a little bit spicy. She is an indomitable force in “Take Me or Leave Me.” "

 

Denver Gay Culture Examiner, Remigio Darby

 

 

"Throughout the show, each musical nominated for the “Outstanding Production of a Musical” award performed a number from their show. The night was full of talent, as each theater company awed the audience with their singing, acting and dancing. Ashlie-Amber Harris and SuCh from the Aurora Fox Theatre, got a standing ovation from the audience with their performance of “What About Love” from The Color Purple."

 

Arvada Center Blog

"The arrival of nightclub singer Shug Avery (Ashlie-Amber Harris) nudges her toward an awakening, emotional and otherwise. SuCh and Harris' duet "What About Love?" at Act I's end is a tender, towering show-stopper."

 

The Denver Post, Lisa Kennedy