"BETTER THAN BROADWAY"

 

Katherine, played with better-than-Broadway spunk by Stephanie Styles.

 

- Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

"DELICIOUS"

 

Katherine, an ambitious reporter played with delicious spirit by sweet-voiced Stephanie Styles.

 

- Barbara Vitello, CHICAGO DAILY HERALD

 

"BEGUILING"

 

Enter Katherine (Stephanie Styles, whose beautiful voice and easy pluck are especially beguiling in her solo with a typewriter, "Watch What Happens"). A proto-feminist hellbent on escaping the social beat, she gets the first big story about the strike on the front page of the Sun.

 

- Hedy Weiss, CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"ABSOLUTE JUSTICE"

 

Stephanie Styles as Katherine is sweet, mischievous and humble. She holds her own with the boys on stage and brings fun to the production. Her voice lifts the feeling in the theatre and does her role absolute justice.

 

- John Szablewski, NY THEATER GUIDE

 

"SHE SHINES"

 

Styles is immediately likeable as Katherine despite being in a higher class than those around her. She shines in a solo moment during the second act ("Watch What Happens") and during a romantic rooftop duet late with DeLuca. She brings all the heart to this production.

 

- Alan Henry, BROADWAY WORLD

 

"CRACKER JACK"

 

Styles is a crackerjack as Katherine, refined yet spirited, ambitious yet principled. She spars with Jack toe to toe in the early going, but as they warm to each other and gain mutual respect, she dives right in to work shoulder to shoulder. Styles has a great singing voice, with that characteristic Disney princess clarity, and she triumphs with the best solo in the show, "Watch What Happens." During this rousing self-motivating soliloquy she juggles determination with indecision, processing the various angles she could take in writing a hard news story. As she struggles - sometimes seriously, sometimes comically - to find just the right words to crack the newspaper industry's corrupt child labor practices wide open, she reveals her own inner story, as well.

 

- Jan Nargi, BROADWAY WORLD BOSTON

 

"IMPACT"

 

For all the movement that otherwise fills the stage, Styles nearly steals the show with a solo number, “Watch What Happens.” Alone in her office, Katherine struggles to summon her muse and finds confidence in her vulnerability. It’s a human moment, and makes a big impact with small strokes.

 

- Jeremy D. Goodwin, BOSTON NPR

 

"VIVID AND APPEALING"

 

The most vivid and appealing performance in this “Newsies’’ is delivered by Stephanie Styles as Katherine, a reporter who sets out to tell the story of the strike. Styles is equally persuasive in conveying Katherine’s big heart and her big ambitions. Intent on “busting out of the social pages’’ to become a hard-news reporter, Katherine can see the career-boosting possibilities of what she calls, speaking fluent tabloidese, “a ragtag gang of ragamuffins want to take on the kingmakers of New York.’’ Katherine’s got a big secret, too, as it turns out.

 

- Don Aucoin, BOSTON GLOBE

 

"STAR"

 

Stephanie Styles does a great job as the sassy, rebellious Katherine. Her solo number, entitled “Watch What Happens” is easily the one of the most difficult songs of the evening. Up-tempo and with a jumble of lyrics that is designed to reflect her vivid stream of consciousness, “Watch What Happens” showcases Styles’ star quality as she floated effortlessly from verse to verse, culminating in a theatrical belt that Styles handled with finesse.

 

- Derek Mong, DC METRO THEATER ARTS

 

"EMINENTLY LIKABLE"

 

Stephanie Styles is eminently likable as Katherine, the scrappy engenue. This isn't a drippy girl pining after her man, but a young woman with goals and grit. The scenes with Styles and Ryan are spicy fun so that when the romance does happen it's enjoyable, not cloying. "Watch What Happens" is a tricky song with pattering lyrics and switch-up emotions and Styles handles it with appealing quirkiness.

 

- Jenny Taylor Moodie, BROADWAY WORLD HOUSTON

 

"UTTERLY CHARMING"

 

Rather than a shy, docile girl for the brash leader Jack Kelly to moon over, we now have Katherine, a wannabe reporter trying to climb her way off the social pages. She’s sassy and a quick-witted foil to Jack, and as played by Stephanie Styles, utterly charming. There’s a hint of Kristin Chenoweth to her, which only bolsters the character’s playful side.

 

- Lindsey Wilson, D MAGAZINE

 

"SASSY, BOLD AND FUN"

 

Playing opposite Mr. Deluca is the adorable Stephanie Styles as Katherine. As a young female fighting for opportunities in a "man's world," Katherine bumps into Jack Kelly, with whom she forms an unlikely (albeit predictable) relationship...with a couple of plot-twisting hurdles along the way. Ms. Styles quirky performance is sassy, bold and fun, complimented by her Barbie-doll looks and Disney princess voice.

 

- Kyle West, BROADWAY WORLD DALLAS

 

"DYNAMITE"

 

Katherine is portrayed by Stephanie Styles, a beautiful actress with a dynamite soprano voice that can switch from classic Broadway to pop in a flash. Her belt sticks like Velcro to her notes that flow out effortlessly. She has a rousing first act solo “Watch What Happens”, and in Act II she beautifully sings the duet (With Dan DeLuca) “Something to Believe In”. Her character is another of those ingénue cookie cutter romantic roles that could easily make the audience think, “Been there, seen that, and got the t-shirt to prove it”. However, Styles’ unparalleled performance avoids all that. Her fantastic comedic timing and delivery gives her characterization a refreshing quality. When it comes to the romantic scenes, she is very much in the moment, never once letting them become false or melodramatic. She is a unique gem in this production.

 

- Deen van Meer, THE COLUMN

 

"IMPECCABLE"

 

Among the impeccable numbers, DeLuca and Styles duet. "Something to believe in," stood out in the minds of viewers for both the convincing the audience of the passion between the characters as well as the extreme difficulty of the song's notes. The pair's vocals perfectly compliments the others'

 

- Sophie Gonzalez, ATLANTIC TECHNIQUE

  

"DELIGHTFUL"

 

As the smart young reporter who breaks the Newsies strike story while capturing the heart of the new-found union's leader, the spirited Stephanie Styles wins us over with her delightful first act number.

 

- Robert Bullen, HUFFINGTON POST

 

"POWERFUL"

 

But it's not all men on stage all the time. Stephanie Styles, as a girl reporter who butts heads with Jack and then begins to fall for him, has the perfect pluckiness for the part and a powerful voice as well.

 

- Chuck Duncan, CLINK CLANK

 

"SYMPATHETIC"

 

Stephanie Styles has an effective romp as the sympathetic, pre-feminist reporter Katherine, who, of course, falls for Jack.

 

- Tim Smith, BALTIMORE SUN

 

"IMPRESSIVE"

 

Katherine and Jack are standard likeable cookie cutter Disney heroine's, though Stephanie Styles, who plays Jack's love interest, does so with conviction, articulation and an impressive set of pipes.

 

- Cybele Pomeroy, BROADEWAYWORLD.COM BALTIMORE

 

"MODERN"

 

Stephanie Styles brings a modern sensibility to the woman who is probably the smartest character in the piece. Styles not only creates a vivid character, she has the best singing voice in the cast.

 

- Bob Goepfert, THE RECORD

 

"EFFERVESCENT"

 

He [Dan DeLuca] meets his match in the effervescent Stephanie Styles, whose Katherine is an ambitious reporter. Ms. Styles almost steals the first act with her one number, "Watch What Happens," as she attempts to write her first hard news story, and she and Mr. DeLuca make a strong pair on the love ballad "Something to Believe In.

 

- Sharon Eberson, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

 

"KNOCKOUT"

 

Styles, who is a total knockout as the fiery Katherine - …consistently knocks your socks off.

 

- Don Grigware, BROADWAY.COM LOS ANGELES

 

"ROUSING"

 

Stephanie Styles as Katherine Pulitzer adds a plucky energy, one that the audience can't help but love from her first number Watch What Happens to the rousing 11 o'clock number Once And For All.

 

- Charles Karel Bouley, HUFFINGTON POST LOS ANGELES

 

"SHARP"

 

Styles' sharp, clear soprano suits Katherine perfectly in her solo, "Watch What Happens," one of the score's best songs. Her rooftop duet with Jack, "Something to Believe In," captures the hope and romance that Harvey Fierstein's book rightly emphasizes over the dour chronicling of a labor dispute.

 

- Jordan Riefe, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

"PRECOCIOUSNESS"

 

Stephanie Styles, who exhibits Broadway precociousness, as the Rose.

 

- Anne Medgette NEW YORK TIMES

 

"DIVINE"

 

Stephanie Styles, is purely divine as Rachel Jackson and other various characters. She brings heart and soul into each performance and delivers beautiful and enchanting vocals.

 

- David Clarke, BROADWAY WORLD

 

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