REVIEWS

Reviews of the "NY Spectacular"



Theatremania -  "Hoofer Gardner steals the show with his simple moment, a sequence without any spectacle.  He's simply a well-trained dancer doing what he's born to do.  And there's only one word to describe what it's like to watch that: spectacular.” 


NY Post - "Call it 'The Miracle on 50th Street!’ "



NY Times - "While Danny Gardner as George M. Cohan hoofs nimbly with the Rockettes in Times Square.”









Broadway World -  "The number then seques into the classic, "Give My Regards to Broadway" which gives Gardner the change to exhibit his expert tap dancing skills.  He also gives the show a shot of Broadway pizzazz ..."


Time Out NY - Four Stars! "...They're greeted with the kind of ecstatic cheers you'd expect to hear at a revival meeting."



"Dames At Sea” on Broadway

“As Dick, Mr Tedder sings with lovely tone, as does Danny Gardner as his fellow sailor, Lucky, Joan’s once and future beau.  Both are energetic dancers, too.” - NY Times

"Cary Tedder (Dick) and Danny Gardner (Lucky) are as able-bodied as one would expect tap-dancing sailors to be, trim, taut and tirelessely terrific.  Both exude charm from every pore, have great voices, and nimble style: they are perfect for this sort of material, warm and open." - British Theatre.com

“Also contributing to the high spirits are the excellent Davi and Gardner, the latter of whom has the charm of Donald O’Connor.” - Huffington Post

“The two sailors, playe by Cary Tedder and Danny Gardner, hit the sweet spot in-between - Gardner especially is a lovely stylist” - The Vulture

“His shipmate Lucky is played by Danny Gardner, who has the loose comic wackiness of the late Danny Kaye.” - Wnyc.org

“Mara davi and Danny Gardner play their pals with admirable panache (Mr. Gardner does so much dancing you might make the mistake of overlooking his voice, but he could be the next big crooner n the cabaret circuit.) - The Observer


"Everybody Gets Cake!” is a Hit!

 

Time Out New York CRITIC’S PICK! by David Cote

 "The performers are polished physical comedians and balance each other well:Gardner’s grimaces and jittery spasms brin to mind a young Jim Carrey;… Cake is a breathless pastiche of microsketches and blackout sight gags stitched together a la Monty Python’s Flying Circus or Laugh-in, with a faint Adult Swim vibe of stoner perversity.” 


 

New York Times by Neil Genzlinger

"The most satisfying vignette is a recurring bit featuring an aged man in some kind of care center who waits daily for visitors who never come. It’s genuinely touching….  The show’s biggest surprise comes at the end. Given the number of characters who flit through, it’s startling when only three men materialize to take bows.”

Reviews from 
“Bach At Leipzig
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People’s Light and Theatre Company


Jim Rutter from the Philadelphia Inquirer "At People's Light, six skilled performers turn it into a midsummer must-see. Moses differentiates each role nonmusically, making one a thief (the sly Jabari Brisport as Georg Lenck), another a philanderer (the remarkable Danny Gardner as Johann Steindorff). There's a naive dunce (Stephen Novelli as Georg Friedrich Kaufmann), a principled family man (Greg Wood, his timing never better as Johann Fasch), an overlooked and embittered also-ran (Kevin Bergen's Georg Schott), and a vicious egotist (David Ingram, marvelous in little stage time as Johann Graupner)."


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DANTE J.J. BEVILACQUA , For 21st Century Media - "Steindorff (Danny Gardner) is a sexually voracious young aristocrat from a town at a neighboring burg, whence hails the dotty older Kaufmann (Steven Novelli), yet another candidate. Guarding the door of the church from all comers is the downtrodden Schott (Kevin Bergen), the organist at one of Leipzig’s lesser churches, who hopes that his chance at the big time has arrived at last."

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 Ellen Wilson Dilks For Delco News Network  -"The two younger guest artists, Jabari Brisport and Danny Gardner really hold their own among their more seasoned peers. Each is well-suited to their roles; Brisport has an easy manner that’s just right for the con man character he’s playing. And Gardner nails the snooty rich boy perfectly—not to mention how well he executes some tricky dance moves.


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Kelli Curtin  from Theatre Sensation - "Danny Gardner plays Johann Martin Steindorff, who puts on airs and conducts himself in such a way as to appear the superior of all around him. Gardner is full of energy and his swordsmanship was a pleasure to watch.


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Reviews of "Neurosis - A New Musical"

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David Wilcox from "The Citizen" - "Each of the four principles shines through this psychic rom-com. Gardner's physical gags are great, especially as he rotates atop a bar stool in a futile attempt to look inviting to the ladies."


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Barbara Adams from "The Ithaca Times"- "Gardner and Medeiros (who don’t look or dress alike, but have a similarity that allies them) are simply brilliant, separately and together. Gardner, whose dance skills are familiar to Auburn theatergoers, reveals his comic chops—going to all foolish lengths as the hapless Frank."


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Reviews of Broadway By the Year - 1972 at Town Hall


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     "Fitzgerald also paired with Danny Gardner in a terrifically staged, extremely funny version of “Penniless Bums” (Sugar). Really, these two should do a show together. This is high craft. In addition to his two-hander with Christopher Fitzgerald, Danny Gardner, actor/singer/dancer/superb choreographer, performed a deft and amusing “How High Can a Little Bird Fly” (and brought down the house with Brent McBeth and Derek Roland in an inspired, propulsive tap rendition of “Dance the Dark Away” (Via Galactica, the first Broadway show to lose a million dollars).  Someone, hire this man to choreograph for Broadway!"

- Sandi Durell "Times Square Cronicle" 

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"Comedy and choreography are increasing ingredients in the series. “Penniless Bums” from “Sugar” (Bob Merrill and Jule Styne) featured sly Christopher Fitzgerald and nimble Danny Gardner cutting up, with Gardner, an excellent dancer, providing the choreography. Gardner also did the choreography for “Dance the Dark Away” (“Via Galactica”), which he performed with Brent McBeth and Derek Roland. Gardner’s own charming and amusing solo number that he choreographed was “How High Can a Little Bird Fly?” from “That’s Entertainment.”

- William Wolfe 

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Reviews of "Broadway By The Year - 1937"


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"In the first act Gardner choreographed and performed “Touched in the Head” from the show “Sea Legs” (Michael H. Cleary and Arthur Schwartz), a hilarious turn with Gardner bound in a straightjacket, but nevertheless energetically tap-dancing across the stage and back."          


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"Tap dancing in a straight-jacket in a number from Sea Legs ( huh?) gave us a clue to what dancer Danny Gardner had in store when in Act II, he, partnered with Brent McBeth and Derek Roland, proving that six flying feet can be quicker than the eye in Doing the Reactionary" from Pins and Needles)."


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"Danny Gardner was another find, a singing, dancing wonder. He conjured Ray Bolger at his eccentric best in “Touched in the Head” (Sea Legs – Michael H. Cleary/Arthur Swanstrom) performed in a straitjacket! Gardner’s choreographic brilliance also shone in “Doing the Reactionary” (Rome), where he was joined by two other fine tapper/singers, Brent McBeth and Derek Roland. They filled the stage with their antics and brought the audience to its feet with the sheer delight they communicated."


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Reviews of "Fingers and Toes" at the Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival

Syracuse.com: "Toes (Danny Gardner) is a song-and-dance man who opens the show with a flashy, show-offy and utterly delightful bit of vaudeville tapping. In contrast to Fingers, Toes is upbeat about life, but utterly cynical about love and women."


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Ithaca Times: "As Toes, Danny Gardner (an Ithaca College alum last seen at Merry-Go-Round in Promises, Promises) absolutely radiates personality, energy and talented tapping. His muscularity is matched by his partner’s charming dexterity." 


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The Citizen: "Gardner starts the show with a dazzling tap performance at an audition, swinging and spiraling with grace and impeccable rhythm".


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Reviews of “Show Boat” at Goodspeed.

The New York Times:  “And the snappy hoofing of Jennifer Knox and Danny Gardner, as the boat’s dance team, imbues Noah Racey’s first-rate choreography with special zest.”

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Hartford Examiner: “Jennifer Knox and Danny Gardner are funny and limber as Ellie and Frank, the comedy team of the Cotton Blossom and arguably two of the most thankless roles in musical comedy, since attention and praise are traditionally focused on the other principals in the cast. But never fear: they manage to create distinctive and endearing characters, especially Gardner, who comes across as warm and caring to both his partner and to Magnolia at her low point in the second act. I also liked their segue into becoming Hollywood stars--one could still see the basics of their characters beneath their new found glitter and success.” 

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Hartford Courant Blog by Frank Rizzo: “And the actors?: The entire cast is sublime - and I mean every one --  and beautifully sung. Noah Racey's choreography is also terrific and the dancing by Knox and Gardner brings a sense of music hall fun to the show. Gardner's eccentric limber hoofing is a knock-out (and reminds me of the late, great Tony Azito).”

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Theatermania: “Also notable is the work -- which they make look like play -- of Jennifer Knox as the sassy soubrette Ellie May and Danny Gardner as her avid, angular suitor, Frank Schultz. When the Trocadero nightclub scene rolls around, featuring their song-and-dance number ("Goodbye My Lady Love") -- crisply choreographed by Noah Racey -- you'll be awfully glad that Mr. and Mrs. Schultz managed, despite some initial antagonism, to get hitched.”


Broadway World: “Danny Gardner; fast-footed tapper and the show boat's resident stage villain Frank is a goofy delight.”

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Hartford Cruise Examiner: “In this show it can truly be said that the entire cast is perfection…not only in song, dance and acting, but in star-quality stage presence. There is not one sour note anywhere in the production....  Danny Gardner as Frank helps to keep the perfect pacing of the show with his taps and shuffles in the great tradition of a Ray Bolger...”

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Reviews of Room 17B

The New York Times: “It also contains Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, and Brent McBeth, who call their troupe Parallel Exit and have a knack for conjuring Charlie Chaplin and then giving him a demented twist.”

“The whole thing is so charming and mindlessly amusing that it may not be immediately apparent just how much skill is on display. The art here (under Mark Lonergan’s direction) is in leading the audience along at a well-calculated pace. If the theatergoers figure out what’s going on in any given skit too quickly, the surprise is blown; if they don’t figure it out at all, same result. But lead them gradually toward an unexpected punch line: perfect.”

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The New York Post: “Under Mark Lonergan's direction, the actors all prove to be masters of slapstick. Gardner and McBeth -- looking deceptively wholesome -- are often paired in tense mock rivalries, while Jeske displays the most range.”


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Backstage: “...two supremely adept and appealing young performers, Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth.”


“...if it can make you giggle and guffaw continuously for 65 minutes at unpredictably strange antics that feel somehow relevant to your everyday life, then it is an undeniably worthy affair. And that's exactly what the ace physical-comedy troupe Parallel Exit's "Room 17B" does and is.


“A hilarious hour of silent clowning, mime, audience-involving comic business, and satiric choreography, the show is less narrative-oriented than the company's previous productions, yet just as smartly conceived and expertly rendered.”

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Theatermania: “ ... Gardner (the other co-choreographer) represents the young everyman and does so with charm, humor, and style.”


“A highly accomplished cast of four actors, all of whom have had a hand in one aspect or another of the show's creation, put on a delightful series of skits, blackouts, gags, and pranks in a charming 65 minutes of pure fun.”

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That Sounds Cool: “As for the two remaining cast members, Brent McBeth is an impish, rubbery little fellow, and he's well-matched by the tall and explosive Danny Gardner, whose slow-motion meltdown as an ice-cream-truck driver who can't stand the sound of his own jingle is a highlight of the evening.”

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Show Business Weekly: “Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth act out ridiculous rivalries with quirky synchronicity, and more than once, Gardner gets the audience roaring with his facial expressions alone.”

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Reviews of Danny as Chuck Baxter in 

“Promises, Promises”

Tom Woods on CNY theatre news: “All those things still apply, but now I’m a Danny Gardner fan, too.  Big Danny Gardner fan. Liked him immensely in Drowsy Chaperone and absolutely love him in Promises, Promises.  His vocal work is terrific and he moves beautifully and he shows real acting chops, he carries the show, seemingly without effort. While there is lot to like in this production, and not much to dislike, Gardner consistently delivers a high-energy, vibrant and convincing performance that lights up the stage."

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Ithaca Times: "Lithe and lean Danny Gardner (an Ithaca College alum) has all the right moves as Chuck - polite, eager to please, romantically innocent. He negotiates beautifully the self-doubting young man's optimism and disappointment, his inexperience and yet competence when it's most needed. His energy sets the mark for the rest of cast"

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Syracuse.com"Gardner, very much a David Hyde Pierce-type ( the brother in TV’s “Fraser”) is lithe and light in the movement department, and sports a perfect voice and attitude for the character."

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Syracuse New Times: “"We see all the action through Chuck Baxter’s eyes, which means that actor Danny Gardner does most of the heavy lifting in the first act, with four solos and two duets. Gardner banishes any thought of Jack Lemmon in this role; instead a kind of wistful loser who fantasizes about what he can’t get, he often imagines flattering and submissive responses from his dream girl, Fran Kubelik (Stacie Bono), a Simon device not found in the film. Gardner’s Baxter is more of an anti-hero, winning our empathy although he is neither admirable nor strong. His delivery of the difficult title song, “Promises, Promises,” is winning in another way. The fuller meaning of Hal David’s lyrics comes in the play’s dialogue."

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Syracuse.com Pick of the Weekend: “Make that two picks this weekend.

The first goes to Lise Lindstrom, singing to the rafters of Cooperstown’s Alice Busch Theater the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca.” The second goes to Danny Gardner as the mousy, corporate climber in “Promises, Promises.”   Lindstrom delivers the top female musical performance, while Gardner wins on the male side for his Chuck Baxter in Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse production.”