CRITIC REVIEWS

mamma mia

as SAM CARMICHAEL

EAST WEST PLAYERS

MAMMA MIA! WOW!

STAGE SCENE LA

~Steven Stanley

May 16, 2019

“Ariano shows off pleasing vocal chops as the man who broke Donna’s heart.”

SOUTH PASADENA.COM

East West Players MAMMA MIA! The Unabashedly Emotional, Feel-

Good Disco Dance Party We Never Knew We Needed

Theatre review

By Alisa Hayashida

May 18, 2019

“Creating a sizzling chemistry with Joan Almedilla is the dashing Alan Ariano, as her lost love, Sam, whose subtle performance gives clues that he’s come here seeking more than a wedding weekend.”

honor

as MAKOTO

PROSPECT THEATER COMPANY

PlayShakespeare.com

 

Another Broadway and film veteran, Alan Ariano does an elegant star turn as the melancholy samurai Makoto, a darker character with a more haunted past—and a more doomed future—than his As You Like It counterpart… But Ariano really shines in the scene where Makoto teaches Yoshiro/Orlando haiku, which is followed by a captivating song, “By the Next New Moon.”

 

Talkin’ Broadway

 

Children must learn when to obey their parents' wishes and when not to. The impetuous must learn patience, primarily from the philosophical sword instructor Makoto (Alan Ariano), whose method starts and ends with improvisational poetry. And both the throne folk and the simple folk they meet in the forest must learn the single, inalterable truth about war: people die. It's Ariano, however, who walks away with the most scenes and songs. He grants Makoto a stunning serenity that codifies the work's treatment of duty and tradition better than most of the writing or design (including Sidney Shannon's exquisitely appointed costumes). Ariano’s understatement lets you focus on the words and the feelings behind them - a dual-edged sword, as the missing musings of theatre, sexuality, and humanity that fuel As You Like It become even more apparent.

Yellow
face

as HYH & Others

THEATRE RALEIGH

THEATRE RALEIGH'S PERFORMANCE OF 'YELLOW FACE' IS SHARP AND TIMELY

By Katy Koop June 29, 2022

 

"Ariano is a particular standout, with his comedic characters stealing scenes and, as Hwang’s endearing father, becoming a performer you can’t keep your eyes off of.

His particular portrayal of Wen Ho Lee … is a heart-wrenching portrayal of a dark chapter in American history."

THEATRE RALEIGH'S 'YELLOW FACE' IS A BOLD, BRAVE BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Tar-Triangle Arts Review 6-24-2022

"And, speaking of tender, Alan Ariano is absolutely heartwarming as Hwang’s father. He’s a typical dad, one who loves his son dearly yet struggles to understand him, and Ariano's palpable chemistry with Tan only serves to deepen the strength of their bond."

FELIX STARRO

as FELIX STARRO

MA-YI THEATER COMPANY

THEATERSCENE.NET

Darryl Reilly, Critic

September 4, 2019

“With his purring Filipino-accented smooth voice, beaming countenance and majestic presence, Broadway stage veteran Alan Ariano is sensational as Felix. Mr. Ariano effortlessly conveys the egotistical charlatan’s wiliness and self-absorption. Particularly striking is Ariano’s vivid depiction of the character’s hypocritical sensibility as he espouses moral beliefs and altruism while gleefully admitting he’s a fraud.”

 

THE THEATER TIMES

“FELIX STARRO” IS BORN

Posted by Abigail Weil | 6th Sep 2019

“Alan Ariano is ravishing as the title character”

 

NEW YORK STAGE REVIEW

FELIX STARRO: NOT ENTIRELY A MAGICAL NEW MUSICAL

By Michael Sommers

Sept 3, 2019

“Alan Ariano’s sympathetic portrayal of the failing Felix Starro glows with

an inner fire that radiates a sense of purity even in his seediest moments.”

A CurtainUp Review

Felix Starro

By Gemma Lolos

“Alan Ariano, who brings astonishing vulnerability to the title role”

has worked as an actor for over 30 years. In his lengthy career, he has brought to life a variety of Asian

and Hispanic characters, but until now, he has never had the opportunity to portray a fellow Filipino. The

musical's book sheds light on the experience of undocumented Filipinos living in America as well family

dynamics and faith as they relate to Filipino culture."

 

EXUENT

Review: Felix Starro at Ma-Yi Theater Company

SEPTEMBER 2019

“Ariano is authoritatively persuasive, humanizing a soft-spoken con artist as an affectionate and stern patriarch while never assuaging his egoism and

culpability”

The New Yorker

Felix Starro

SEPTEMBER 2019

“If you’ve ever known a false prophet or a phony supernaturalist, you

know it’s tough to humanize that lowlife type—and Ariano pulls it

off.”

A deal

as MR LI

URBAN STAGE

A DEAL’ AND CONSEQUENCES

POSTED ON NOV 20, 2017 IN THEATER REVIEWS

By Beatrice Williams-Rude

“The father, one of the twin poles of the play, is a marvelously constructed character, wonderfully

played by Alan Ariano. We know this man, we understand him, we respect him, and we like him.”

 

THE UNFORGETTABLE LINE

Joe Trentacosta

President, JT Public Relations

“Alan Ariano and Lydia Gaston bring depth and passion to their proud parental fishes

out of water.”

 

Zhu Yi’s A Deal Shows The Pact Between Immigrant And Country

Diandra Reviews November 22, 2017

“Alan Ariano as the hilarious, but easy to anger Mr. Li”

THE KING AND I

as THE KING

DALLAS SUMMER THEATERS

THE KATY TRAIL WEEKLY

‘The King and I’ is royal family entertainment

March 27, 2015 | By Shari Goldstein Stern

“As the King, Alan Ariano couldn’t be better suited. Again, it’s hard to avoid

making comparisons but in earlier productions of the live musical, including

DSM’s over the years, he is the strongest in the role. His vocals are engaging

from the moment he opens his mouth. Yul Brynner, the legendary “King,”

although not a singer himself, would be proud.”

 

EIN NEWSDESK

Theater review: ‘The King and I’

BY PUNCH SHAWSPECIAL TO THE STAR-TELEGRAM

03/27/2015 

DALLAS It’s big. It’s beautiful. And it’s fit for a king.

“Seeing Alan Ariano as the king makes it hard to believe he was not the

first choice for the role. This production encountered controversy earlier this

year when Asian-American groups protested the casting of a non-Asian

actor as the king. Dallas Summer Musicals recast the part.

Ariano, who has also spent plenty of time on the Great White Way,

manages to make his king both harder and softer than we have seen him

before. He does not let us forget the king’s tyrannical streak. But he does

so while never losing touch with the king’s innate vulnerability that he tries

so hard to hide.”

 

 

EDGEMEDIANETWORK

The King and I

by Drew Jackson

Friday Mar 27, 2015

 

"Alan Ariano wisely chooses an interpretation of the King role instead of a Yul Brynner imitation. (Yul Brynner won a Tony and Oscar as King and became synonymous with the role.)  Ariano, like York, comes to the DSM stage with a large Broadway resume including appearing in the entire run of "Miss Saigon." It's amusing to watch Ariano as he is both bemused and befuddled by Anna. And Ariano can do something that Brynner never could; he sings, beautifully."

 

DALLAS OBSERVER (BLOG)

Dallas Summer Musical's King and I Whistles (and Sings) Happy Tunes

By Elaine Liner Tue., Mar. 31 2015 

"After a letter of protest from members of the Asian American Performers

Action Coalition, DSM's president and managing director, Michael A.

Jenkins, and the show's director, Glenn Casale, recast it with Broadway and TV soap opera veteran Alan Ariano, who has played the king elsewhere.  Good move. Ariano rules the stage as a compact, muscular presence opposite Rachel York's tall, starchy Anna. These two have sizzling chemistry, well-tuned timing in their scenes together and voices superbly matched to their roles. Ariano is nothing like Yul Brynner, who originated the part on Broadway in 1951, played it in the 1956 movie and stomped and yelled on tour with it till his death in 1985 (and as one critic later wrote, "might be playing it still"). By contrast, Ariano has subtler gestures and a better singing voice, holding back until that exuberant barefoot polka with Anna on "Shall We Dance?”

 

 

FRONT/ROW BLOG

Dallas Summer Musicals’ The King and I Enchants With Grandeur, Daring

BY LINDSEY WILSON

POSTED IN A-, REVIEWS, THEATER & DANCE. MAR 31, 2015

“… this production also made national news for the negative feedback caused by the original casting of the King. Paul Schoeffler, a Canadian actor, was quickly replaced with Ariano when the professional theater community strongly reacted to Schoeffler’s non-Asian ethnicity. Happily, Ariano delivers a confident performance as the headstrong King …”

 

The King and I Brings “Something Wonderful” to Dallas

Posted on March 30, 2015

Teri Guill

“… the stubborn but charismatic King, energetically acted by Alan Ariano. As

Anna and the King get to know one another throughout the play, their clashes serve to highlight how alike they are in willfulness, intellect and independence.Though Ariano’s King is often played with humor, he also conveys the King’s love for his children and country, and his internal dilemmas as he seeks to bring his nation into a modern age”

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ariano

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MGR:  Bohemia Ent Group

AGENT:  Clear Talent Group