Reviews

“The role of Amalia (in “She Loves Me”) is usually cast with a 20-something rue, and is played accordingly …
Monica Norcia plays an Amalia who is somewhat older, closer to Norcia’s own age. This throws all kinds of new shadings onto the role. For example, when she sings “Will He Like Me?” it is not sung by a young girl nervous about a first date, but as a beautiful woman, fully grown, who fears that beauty has faded. This takes acting chops – and who knew? Norcia, who teaches voice in Marin, has an old-fashioned classical vibrato that reminded me of Snow White. Although a veteran of past NTC productions, it was mostly as musical director (“Most Happy Fella,” “Sound of Music,” “The Fantasticks”) and only recently made the hop from the orchestra pit to the stage as one of the Pigeon sisters in “The Odd Couple.” And then you couldn’t really tell. But when Norcia sings the stuffing out of “Will He Like Me?” a sweet, torchy show-stopper if there ever was one…all wonderings cease. That was a soliloquy and as good an acting job as I’ve seen in community theater.”

Mark Langton, Marin Independent Journal

“A Little Night Music” demands actors who can sing and singers who can act. The songs are full of sharps and flats …
and dissonant harmonies and lyrics that require precise articulation. (Kim) Bromley has assembled a first-rate cast that handles it all exceedingly well…Monica Norcia, who frequently serves as music director at Bay Area theaters, underplays her character in a way that emphasizes the haughty Charlotte’s pampered boredom. In her singing parts, Norcia reins in her soaring operatic soprano, keeping the lid on it as a drawing-room mezzo.”

Barry Willis, Marin Independent Journal

“It’s Monica Norcia and Linda Ward, as the head-bobbing, tittering Gwendolyn and Cecily (Simon’s tip of the hat to Oscar Wilde’s …
“The Importance of Being Earnest”) who provide the second act’s comic crescendo. They bring an almost musical quality to the cooing Piegon sisters, especially Norcia.”

Mark Langton, Marin Independent Journal

SOUND CLIPS OF MONICA SINGING

Carlo Donida’s “Al di La”; pianist Laura Magnani.

“Musica Proibita” by Stanislaos Gastaldon; pianist Laura Magnani.

“Les Chemins De L’Amour” by Francis Poulenc; pianist Joseph Bloom.

Video: “Vanilla Ice Cream” from “She Loves Me”; Altarena Playhouse 75th Anniversary gala, pianist Dean Starnes.

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