SBMT audiences are invited by email to provide feedback after each performance, and they are consistently lavish with their praise. Here are the rave reviews we received after some of our recent productions, along with a sampling of unsolicited testimonials posted to Yelp.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“We have been attending productions at the Saratoga Theater for several years with SBMT. Last night’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was our favorite show at that theater…ever! It was such a full, strong show. The music, choir, set design, actors. choreography, costuming, voices, etc. were perfection. Thank you so much for another enjoyable performance.” — Patt & Andy F.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame at South Bay Musical Theatre was easily the best theatrical production I’ve seen in the longest time. Stunning and amazing. All y’all should be proud of the magic you made on that stage.” — John R.
“When everyone was singing together it gave everyone in my group chills—in a good way. Because the show was so amazing we have decided to get season tickets!” — Hunchback of Notre Dame audience member
“The production was seamless. Every one of (the) characters…came to life on the stage. The singers enunciated their lyrics well. All their performances were realistic.” — Iride A., Cultural World Bilingual
“Hunchback of Notre Dame was fantastic! Marvelous! Amazing! So much talent on that stage! Wow! Could easily perform this show in big city theaters! Costumes and scenery SUPERB! Thank you to all who worked hard to present a stellar musical to us, your grateful audience! Thanks again for the wonderful entertainment South Bay Music Theater provides for our community! I have purchased my next year’s season ticket!” — Sandra T.
“This was my first experience with SBMT but it won’t be my last. It was an amazing experience from the beginning to the end….easy access, great parking, and a fabulous play. I will be back for more of the quality you produce!” — Pamela M.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame was probably the best production ever! I’ve seen many of your productions, all outstanding, but this one was truly extraordinary! I’d turn around and see it again!” — Adelaide M.
“Your production was wonderful—powerful and vocally dazzling. Especially loved Quasimodo and Esmeralda and their heartfelt portrayals. Bravo!” — Nancy G.
“Spectacular! No difference with NY Broadway show – Wow! Thank you for all the incredible amount of work that must have gone into this performance.” — Rich and Connie W.
“We very much enjoyed The Hunchback of Notre Dame this evening. David Mister was exceptional (even more than usual, which is saying something). The choir was magnificent, as is the wonderful score. The production was well done, especially considering the small space. We saw it at La Jolla Playhouse before Broadway and a bigger space does suit this production more, but you did well with the space you had. We had a great time following the story, enjoyed many featured performances (Sarah Bylsma and Braden Taylor). The costumes for the gypsies were amazing! Our favorite show this season is still Peter and the Starcatcher as it was quite a different production and the ability of the entire cast to ‘put on’ that show was fascinating and so fun to see over and over again. Looking forward to next season too!” — Cheri C.
“We felt the production was outstanding. Everything about it was top-notch. Even surpassed My Fair Lady.” — Paul and Pat W.
“We’ve been coming for years and feel that The Hunchback of Notre Dame was one of the greatest. Thanks to the entire cast and organization.” — Rosemary C.
“My first show here, but won’t be my last! Absolutely fantastic! Bravo!” — Crystal W.
“Awesome show! Thank you so much for an unforgettable evening!” — Julie D.
“I am a ‘regular’ theater goer. I went to this production with low expectations: an impossibly ambitious undertaking for a community theater group; I was prepared to walk out at intermission. That said, Hunchback was one of the finest performances I have ever seen. OUTSTANDING! And there was not one weak performer. (At the end of the show, I was the guy in the fifth row who stood up immediately and started clapping. *:) happy) Please congratulate everyone for me. (Including the set designer.)” — Ron G.
“Roger and I are long-time subscribers (not only to what is now South Bay Musical Theatre, but to West Valley Light Opera as well). After attending The Hunchback of Notre Dame on Friday night, we left the theater feeling like we’d seen one of the best musicals we’ve ever seen on that stage. The entire production was so professional, from the acting and singing on stage, to the scenery, costumes, etc., created behind the scenes. Just imagining what it had to be like for the choreographer alone was mind-boggling. With this level of theatre available locally, there is no urge to go elsewhere. Everyone involved with this production must be so proud. They have every right to be.” — Kathleen & Roger A.
“I very much enjoyed the performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. One of the best performances I have seen with your company. I actually have invited friends to go and am going a second time to see it.” — Patricia C.
“We enjoyed this production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame—one of your best yet. Casting, vocalization, orchestra, chorus costumes, sets…all top notch! Cast gave their all and it was tremendously received. We have season tix for Broadway San Jose and have not been to shows in Saratoga for a while—but this might bring us back… great community theatre. We like the fact that the orchestra was not right in front of the front row… still good sound.” — Barbara and Duane G.
“I have been seeing shows with you since the Saratoga Federated days and this was one of the strongest I have ever seen.” — Dale B.
“This was the best yet! The voices SO GOOD. Also, they enunciated each phrase so clearly, I could understand every word. Costumes were great, too. I felt like each one gave their all! Thank you SO MUCH!” — Maureen Thrush and Howard F.
The Bridges of Madison County
“OMG! This [The Bridges of Madison County] is one of the best shows ever! It is brilliantly constructed, and exquisitely performed. I came completely unaware of the book, the movie, and the Broadway score, and was immediately drawn into the true-life dilemmas which we all meet on this journey we call life, and how we choose which crossroad to travel. We may always have that ‘if only I had taken the other road’, but that is reality!” — Bill E.
“I was at the opening night performance of The Bridges of Madison County at South Bay Musical Theater last night, and it is a SPECTACULAR production. Alicia Teeter and Chris Janssen are giving amazing performances in the lead roles, supported by a very, very strong cast. Gorgeous lighting and scenic design, as well.” — Mike R.
“Last night I attended the opening night of SBMT’s production of The Bridges of Madison County. Wow! Just wow. I was completely blown away. It is not a happy show, but what a gorgeous production and a beautiful and tear-jerking story. The orchestra led by Dan Singletary is just stunning. The entire cast is so committed and dedicated to telling this story with an intense level of sincerity and purpose. Alicia Teeter is perfection, plain and simple. She was born to play this part and she takes what is an extremely difficult score and makes it look effortless. Chris Janssen’s Robert is soul achingly beautiful. Ruth E Stein and Michael Johnson are comedic geniuses. There are so many great shows out there, but this one makes you feel all the feels. I felt sad, regret, turmoil, longing, passion, fear, and even uncomfortable watching what is a very intimate story. Most of all I felt the love on that stage and in the show. I loved feeling all of those feelings. I love when art moves me and this is art and the entire audience was moved. There were several numbers where the number would end and the audience collectively paused because they wanted to applaud but they didn’t want the moment to end. Pure and amazing magic. Thank you to the entire company of Bridges for putting on one of the best shows I have seen in this theater.” — Braden T.
“Just returned from opening night of The Bridges of Madison County at South Bay Musical Theatre. Oh my! If you live anywhere close enough to Saratoga, GO SEE THIS SHOW. All the elements work so well, and the score is beautiful and glorious. Top-notch performances all around from the entire cast and orchestra. The show runs the next three weekends.” — Steve S.
“Folks, I have no dog in this hunt, so believe me when I tell you that you MUST get a ticket to see The Bridges of Madison County at South Bay Musical Theatre. It is easily one of the best productions this group has ever done and contains performances that rival anything I have seen onstage all year.” — Walter M.
“My wife and I went to two productions so far. They are great! The whole company puts so much into it. They are well coordinated, (with) great music, and the sets really puts you right in the scene. Great talent and no flubs at all. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Jeff L., San Jose (on Yelp)
“In case you were on the fence about seeing Bridges of Madison County, let this post serve as your impetus to buy your tickets right away before the inevitable word of mouth renders it impossible. It’s a compelling (albeit sad) story with gorgeous, gorgeous music. Chris Janssen [Robert] and Alicia Teeter [Francesca] sing exquisitely. The timbre of Janssen’s voice melded right into the texture of the orchestra… and Teeter is magical.” — Adrien G.
My Fair Lady
“I’ve been taking my son to shows here for the past several years. The talent is amazing, and we’ve enjoyed every production! The relatively small theater means that every seat is good. We just saw My Fair Lady, and it was outstanding!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Katie J., San Jose (on Yelp)
“Saw 1776 there tonight. WOW! It was terrific!!! Great voices, costuming, acting & staging. I think probably one of their best productions!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Pat R., Santa Clara (on Yelp)
“We went to the preview night of Funny Girl last night. We were not sure what to expect but what we saw was an amazing, talented group of actors + a top-notch orchestra and conductor! We kept having to remind ourselves we were not in New York … really it was just that good. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Kay, Morgan Hill (on Yelp)
“Last evening I attended Les Misérables at the South Bay Musical Theatre in Saratoga. The production was completely professional with a cast that measures up to Broadway! Their voices were incredible—as good as any I have seen in New York. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Susan H., San Jose (on Yelp)
“This is a wonderful local community theatre company that takes on some ambitious stage and musical projects and does wonderfully at engaging the community. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Rob G., San Jose (on Yelp)
“Due to highly unusual circumstances I found myself in Saratoga Saturday night looking for something fun to do. I found it at the South Bay Musical Theatre for the opening night of Hairspray. It was a wonderful production with high energy and star talent. The sights, sounds and atmosphere were simply electric. Gifted singers and dancers filled the intimate stage and the orchestra didn’t miss a note. Highly recommended. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Eric E., Lakeside (on Yelp)
“Productions are always very professional, with actors that are seriously talented, a well-synced orchestra, and topped off with brilliant costumes, lighting, and set. Even the lobby design you observe before entering the theater and during intermission has been well thought-out. I’ve enjoyed every musical I’ve seen here—at least 10 shows over the past few years! My favorite part of attending SBMT’s shows is the level of commitment by the actors to their characters, no matter how large or how small. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐” — Denise L., Sunnyvale (on Yelp, reviewing Anything Goes)