NEWSPAPER REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

 

Lyric Stage Company of Boston:

“Follies” at the Lyric

By Carolyn Clay | The Boston Phoenix

“And replacing Tony winner Len Cariou is Larry Daggett, who comes to the role of successful but scathingly dissatisfied Ben Stone with a string of Broadway credits and a powerhouse baritone that, paired with Leigh Barrett’s soprano deployed in its lush upper register on ‘Too Many Mornings,’ brings the house down along with the first-act curtain.”

 

Mt. Washington Valley Theatre:

Spend Some Time with the 'Man of La Mancha'

By Alec Kerr | The Conway Daily Sun

Daggett is fantastic in the dual role of Cervantes and Quixote. He makes both characters distinct. His Quixote is full of bravado and performed with a Shakespearean quality. He has a rich and powerful voice and he sings with a conviction appropriate for the stubborn, strong-willed Quixote. He makes the show's most famous song, "The Impossible Dream," moving and powerful. It is also a very physical performance with his impassioned and sincere stare getting across that Quixote means everything he says. Daggett makes it easy to see why those around Quixote would like him in spite of, or perhaps because of, his seeming madness.

 

Capital Repertory Theatre:

Larry Daggett Brings America's Most Favorite Christmas Story to Life at Capital Rep

By Richard DiMaggio | Did You Weekend

To say that Larry Daggett deserves an award and trophy for being a one man dynamo in Capital Rep’s current production of This Wonderful Life would be an understatement. He is an artist, because he paints images and scenery with his thoughts and words; he is an actor—not one, but several, bringing the Great Jimmy Stewart and others into our very own Capital Rep; he is a visionary, as he has taken one of America’s most beloved Christmas stories and brought it to life, right here, in front of us, as if we were living it. This was what Daggett brought to the stage, and the crowd spoke back to him with a standing ovation. Daggett’s interpretation of this story is brilliant. He plays wife, kids, neighbors and more, in a one man show that is riveting. No singing. No dancing. Just one person, great acting and great talent reminding us this time of year that it is, indeed, a Wonderful Life.

 

One-man 'Life' has Wonderful Moments

By Michael Eck | Times Union

Daggett does a fantastic job of describing (as narrator) and becoming (as George Bailey and his constituents) Bedford Falls. He ably cops Jimmy Stewart, but he also aces Lionel Barrymore and Donna Reed as well. He’s careful to give even the most minor characters real personality. And he always inhabits every scene he’s in. With no costume changes Daggett becomes an entire town, simply through intent, inflection and skill. That’s a gift worth remembering.

 

Portland Center Stage:

'Sunset Boulevard'

By Grant Butler | The Oregonian

Veteran Broadway character actor Larry Daggett is terrific as Max, Norma’s chauffer, servant and keeper of the flame. He takes command of all the campiness, and in the show’s finale offers the clearest glimpse into how Norma’s cyclone of insanity has been nurtured and enabled.

 

Cape May Stage:

Souvenir 

by Ed Wismer | Cape May Star and Wave

Daggett is handsome, multitalented and a darn good actor. He is a quintessential triple threat. At the keyboard of the grand piano he tosses off snippets of songs like ‘One for My Baby’ and ‘Crazy Rhythm’ with a clear and pleasant baritone.’

  

Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Boston (at the Shubert Theatre):

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

By Beverly Creasey | Boston Arts Review

The show belongs to Larry Daggett as the girlish, older, lip syncing transsexual who finds love anew when the bus blows a head gasket in the desert.

 

Yaass Qween! “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”

By Kitty Drexel | New England Theatre Geek

Actor Larry Daggett is an emotionally powerful revelation as Bernadette, the oldest transexual star of the small trio that takes to the desert.

 

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert” a Fun and Heartfelt Ride 

By Michele Markarian  | The Theatre Mirror

Larry Daggett is both tough and touching as Bernadette, formerly Ralph, who finds love later in life with the solid and tender Bob.

 

Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

"Peter and the Starcatcher - Imagination on Steroids" 

By Pam Harbaugh | Brevard Culture

"Setting off to sea, Mary's father instructs his housekeeper (a very VERY funny Larry Daggett) to be Mary's guardian."

 

STARCATCHER is Childlike Fun

By Matt Tamanini | Broadway World

"The entire keystone-ensemble is fantastic, but features phenomenal performances from Larry Daggett as Mrs. Bumbrake ..."

 

Arkansas Repertory Theatre:

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play”

By Shelle Stormoe | Arkansas Times

There are moments when Larry Daggett, who plays radio announcer Freddy Filmore and at least 13 other roles, plays three roles at once, as well as manning a piano. Daggett's work is flawless, funny and worth the ticket price in and of itself.

 

Cape May Stage:

"THIS WONDERFUL LIFE"

"What a show!!  We are all blown away by the actor's talent and versatility. By the end of the show, I felt I had seen a whole stage full of actors - nothing was missing! The following night we watched the Jimmy Stewart movie and were amazed anew at how your actor managed to include everything, line by line, mood by mood, and left nothing out. We are recommending this show to everyone we know, and we hope to be back again." - Hillsdale, NJ

 

"May we congratulate both the Cape May Stage and the outstanding actor, Larry Daggett, for one of the best performances we have seen to date anywhere.  Now that is what we call ACTING!!!!!  - Cape May, NJ

 

West End Theatre:

"What Makes Sammy Run?"

by Jake Bishop  | www.americantheaterweb.com

“Equally brilliant is the turn of Larry Daggett as Al Manheim, the sensitive sad sack whose worst quality is being a ‘nice guy.’ Not an easy role to play; it could easily become a sappy caricature. Daggett does it perfectly, displaying comfortable discomfort and a boyish maturity. And his take-me-to-bed baritone is perhaps the best voice I have heard in years.”

 

Sierra Repertory Theatre:

“Full Monty” Earns Full Praise

By Diane Nelson | The Union Democrat

“Broadway’s Larry Daggett plays Harold, a former management type who’s drowning in debt and his inability to tell his high-living wife the truth. Daggett captures the high-strung Harold with wit and humor without overdoing it. Two thumbs up.”

 

Arkansas Repertory Theatre:

‘Yankees’ has just the ticket

By Jason M. Willey | Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“The Rep was lucky to get Larry Daggett for the role of Mr. Applegate because he brings the poise and experience of a veteran Broadway actor to the role that drives the rest of the production. Daggett’s rendition of “The Good Old Days” is the highlight of the production.”

 

White Plains Performing Arts Center

"Sweeney Todd" - A Razor Sharp Production at WPPAC

by Deborah Banerjee | The Scarsdale Inquirer

"Larry Daggett, in fine voice, gave a strong performance as the creepy Judge Turpin."

 

Pittsburgh Public Theatre:

'H.M.S. Pinafore' sails with fine singing and staging

By Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Drama Critic

“The most overt comedy belongs to Larry Daggett's Captain, a workhorse of invention.”

also

‘HMS Pinafore’

writer: TED HOOVER, Pittsburgh City Paper

“I especially enjoyed Daggett’s forceful and highly nuanced comedy turn.”

 

Cleveland Play House:

"My Fair Lady" continues hot streak for CPH

By: Gleason, Shane | The Cauldron

“Alfred Doolittle (Larry Daggett) is scruffy and greasy in a way that screams of a lack of culture or refined manners. His speech has that double edge of a desperate drunk. His voice teems with the sleaziness of a hapless drunk only looking for the next bottle. His every appeal has a selfish motive. Even as unsavory as his character is written he manages to be hilarious. Daggett is hysterical in his repulsiveness, his musical pieces are politically incorrect, but some of the funniest the play offers.”

 

and my vote for the most comical, for North Shore Music Theatre:

TOM JONES, THE MUSICAL

By Sally Applegate

“ Larry Daggett remains handsome at all times, even as he nearly dies as Tom’s much put-upon stepfather Mr. Allworthy.”