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MARY POPPINS - US National Tour February 2011 to February 2012
"...Janet MacEwen as the rag-tag bird woman shows the wide range of her beautiful voice in Feed the Birds. MacEwen, a long-time star of Canadian stage, moves the audience with her poignant “tuppence, tuppence...”
Ontario Theatre Reviews: Entertain This Thought - Mary Alderson (November 2011)
"...There’s also a nicely contrasting set of well-realized supporting performances, with Janet MacEwan’s Bird Woman offering a truly touching rendition of “Feed the Birds...”
The Toronto Star - Richard Ouzounian (November 2011)
"...it’s lovely to see so many Canadian actors ...Janet MacEwen and a host of others — strut their stuff... 'Feed the Birds', (wherein MacEwen almost steals the show) ..."
The Toronto Sun - John Coulbourn (November 2011)
"...It’s pleasing to report that all the best performances in this touring production are given by Canadians...legitimate sources of local pride are Valerie Boyle, ferociously funny as the family cook; Janet MacEwen, who sings a beautiful Feed the Birds..."
The National Post - Robert Cushman (November 2011)
"...some outstanding numbers [include] ..."Feed the Birds" with bird woman Janet MacEwen singing the haunting melody "tuppence, tuppence." (I must confess that I had a smile on my face and a tear in my eye from start to finish)...
Show Me Chicago (Chicagonow.com) - Carole Kuhrt Brewer (October 21, 2011)
"...There are some other notably strong performances, including Blythe Wilson's sad-eyed Winifred Banks, Laird Mackintosh's troubled George Banks ... and Janet MacEwen's resonant Bird Woman (she of the "tuppence a bag")..."
Chicago Tribune - Chris Jones (October 2011)
"..."Feed the Birds” — sung as duet between Poppins and the Bird Woman — is a particularly poignant moment..."
The Standard Examiner - Salt Lake City -J. Michael Call (Sept. 2011)
"...“Feed the Birds,” in which the Bird Woman (Janet MacEwan) sings so beautifully..."
Words Are Not Enough San Diego - Charlene Baldridge (Aug.ust 2011)
"...I still found myself getting a bit teary-eyed during "Feed The Birds" (my favorite song from the show)...The duet between Mary and the Bird Woman (Janet MacEwen) is indeed beautiful..."
Broadway World Los Angeles - Michael L. Quintos (July 2011)
"...Bird Lady Janet MacEwen sings a touching “Feed The Birds”...
Stage Scene LA.com - Steven Stanley (July 2011)
"...One song that always sends chills down my spine is the sad and soulful, Feed the Birds, sung so well by Janet MacEwen attired in an amazing costume of tattered rags and make-up that aged her beyond her years..."
The Gold Country Times (Sacramento/Sutter Creek CA) - Sandy Carriger (June 2011)
"...and notably Janet MacEwen as the bird lady... The stand out performance comes from the “Bird Woman” (Janet MacEwen) who sings “Feed The Birds” with one of the most beautiful voices in the production..."
Culture Mob Sacramento CA - Allie Hanley (May 2011)
"...Also of note: Janet MacEwen, who sings the lovely “Feed the Birds.” MacEwen simply has a gorgeous voice, and it’s utilized to perfection here..."
The Sun Break - Seth Kolloen (May 15, 2011)
"...And get ready to have your heart melted by the outstanding rendition of "Feed the Birds" delivered with grace and nuance by Janet MacEwen as the Bird Lady."
Talkin'Broadway.com/Seattle - David Edward Hughes (May 2011)
"...Also to note is the bird women played by Janet MacEwen. Her voice is exceptionally gorgeous with her performance of “Feed the Birds.”
Seattle Chinese Times - Lillian Young (May 2011)
"...But I also must mention Janet MacEwen as the Bird Woman ... MacEwen was absolutely glorious in her "Feed the Birds" number and had me in inexplicable tears. Yes, it's one of my favorite moments of the movie but I didn't expect it to affect me this much and I owe a lot of that to her ..."
Seattle Broadway World.com - Jay Irwin (May 2011)
"...Another standout, even in a tiny role, was Janet MacEwen as the Bird Woman, who sings 'Feed the Birds.' Her lovely voice made those melancholy moments islands of longing."
Seattle Gay News - Miryam Gordon (May 2011)
"...Like in the Disney film, the show's best moments mainly involve the actors' pipes and feet. Musical highlights include ... "Feed the Birds," which Janet MacEwen's Bird Woman nearly turns into a showstopper."
OTHER (the Other Paper) - Columbus Ohio - Richard Ades (April 2011)
"...It is without doubt the most moving song and the most emotional moment in the show when Janet MacEwen as the Bird Woman sings, "Feed the Birds". Ms. MacEwen is simply stellar and if it doesn't make you bring out your handkerchief then please seek therapeutic help immediately. I am misting up all over again as I sit at my computer reliving that moment. It is also a great credit to the song itself that it can express such a sweet and simple sentiment that we can always respond to - kindness..."
AISLE SAY Philadelphia - Claudia Perry (April 2011)
"However, the highlights (and there are many) are the clever sets including statues coming to life, impressive backdrop projections of both the Bank of London and the cathedral where the bird woman, Janet MacEwen sings a most beautiful “Feed the Birds”.
PENNSILVANIA BROADWAY WORLD.com_Philly2Philly.com - Pati Beuhler (April 2011)
"...a true highlight of the show is the hauntingly beautiful “Feed the Birds.” It’s given greater depth by now being a duet between Steffanie Leigh and the Bird Woman, Janet MacEwan. Their voices are strong but agile within the delicate melody..."
THE PHILLY POST - Aaron Mettey (April 2011)
"...Janet MacEwan will put a lump in your throat with her stunning delivery of “Feed the Birds...”
METRO Boston - Nick Deussault (March 2011)
"...One of the most poignant scenes is Mary’s introducing the children to an old woman, dressed in rags, peddling birdfood. Janet MacEwen’s plaintive “Feed the Birds” is a touching glimpse at humanity for Mary’s young, spoiled charges, Michael and Jane Banks..."
The Theatre Mirro Boston - Sheila Barth (February 2011)
"... Feed The Birds" has been reconfigured to include a vocal from the Bird Woman (the very talented Janet MacEwen)...the scenic drop depicting St. Paul's Cathedral for "Feed The Birds" is so beautifully detailed that it appears to have actual physical depth..."
ON STAGE BOSTON - R..J Donovan
"...Janet MacEwen more than earns her tuppence in the gratifying "Feed The Birds..."
THE BOSTON HERALD - Jill Radsken (February 2011)
"...Both have amazingly strong voices, as does Janet MacEwen, who played the Bird Woman, and who sang the lovely ballad, "Feed the Birds..."
THE SUN CHRONICLE (Boston) - Juliet Pennignton (February 2011)
"...Pus a grand cathedral with flying birds for the achingly beautiful "Feed the Birds."
"...The most show-stopping numbers in this stage version remain the Sherman brothers' Oscar-winning tunes..."
SOUTH COAST TODAY.com- Kathy Driscoll (February 2011)
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
" ... Standout performances such as that of Janet MacEwen’s ‘The Flood' was the night’s most well rounded story of laughter and tears. It chronicles a 71 year old woman’s first [sexual] experience... MacEwen masterfully harnesses the whimsical complacency that often comes with age as well as
her character’s New York accent ..."
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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
" ... Marilla and Matthew, the middle-aged siblings who adopt Anne despite having wanted a boy
to help out with Green Gables, are perfectly pitched. Janet MacEwen is the very picture of prim
and saves a soaring voice for her final, touching solo... In the domestic world of this trio,
director Anne Allan's production works magic ..."
The Globe and Mail - J.Kelly Nestruck (May 2009)
" ... old maid sister Marilla Cuthbert (Janet MacEwen, whose voice could make you weep
singing just about anything…)... the sorrowful earth-shaking voice of Marilla and heart-wrenching humility and courage of Amy Wallis’s very own Anne  can make the longest running Canadian musical stand on its own two feet here in Toronto ..."
TheWayISeeIt.com- Meghan Hubley (May 2009)
... while Janet MacEwen brings a real humanity to Marilla..."
Classical 963fm - Paula Citron (May 2009)
" ... The connection [Anne] builds with scene partners Marilla (Janet MacEwen) and
Matthew (Sandy Winsby) on stage is what makes this musical special. MacEwen and Winsby
also deserve a pat on the back for their performances. Marilla is a very stern and emotion-
limited character,while Matthew is extremely timid. To play those characters and still manage
to connect with the audience is extremely difficult and the pair pulls this off ..."
Press+One.com - Ilan Mester (May 2009)
" ... and to take it up a notch,  Janet MacEwen is centred as the painfully pragmatic Marilla
who eventually acquiesces to the blessing in disguise bestowed to her... Anne Allan’s
directing sensibility gives the Lucy Maud Montgomery [musical] adaptation heightened scope.
It takes an ambitious live presentation to show how all the characters are in need of one another
with fate ultimately joining them ... and seal [this] stunning musical offering. ..."
TorontoStage.com - Jordon Allystair" ...
"...The return of last year's leading cast members creates a cohesive bond that make the characters truly believable. They have that flow that allows them to tell the story seamlessly. Sandy Winsby and Janet MacEwen as Matthew and Marilla are once again, powerhouses. Each bringing me to tears with their portrayals of a brother and sister who's true appreciation and love for each other doesn't always get shown, but culminates in the final scenes of the musical. 5 out of 5!"
K-ROCK Radio (June 2009) - Maureen Trainer
" ... I couldn’t take my eyes off of Marilla, played by Janet MacEwen, when she was on stage. She delivered the most moving scene, returning home after Matthew’s funeral...
Throughout, her stone-faced, unimpressed glances to Anne were countered wonderfully by  Sandy Winsby's doting Matthew ..."
The Charlottetown Guardian - Lennie MacPherson (June 2009)
" ... Janet MacEwen as Marilla [is] excellent as the lonely sister whose [life] is changed forever
when Anne comes to stay. [Her] strong voice and spot on delivery make one of the most ingenious songs in the show shine with emotion ..."
The Charlottetown Guardian (June 2008) - Isabelle Gallant
" ...The stern Marilla Cuthbert is played by Janet MacEwen with a stiff dignity that cannot completely hide her warm heat ..."
The Charlottetown Guardian (June 2007)
" ... Janet MacEwen is convincing as the strict spinster Marilla. She moves around the stage as an older woman would, only reminding the audience she really is younger when she sings with her rich alto voice ..."
Brampton Guardian - Tina Depko (June 2005)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
" ... Janet MacEwen is an excellent Mrs.Potts. Especially in her warm, beautifully understated performance of the show's title song ..."
Tulsa World - James D. Watts"
... Janet MacEwen's Mrs.Potts is a sweet and motherly teapot with a lovely soothing voice ..."
The Indianapolis Star - Marion Garmel
"...Janet MacEwen, as Mrs. Potts, delivers an excellent rendition of the title song..."
Total Theatre (Milwaukee) - Ann Seigel (June 2001)
" ... wonderful character actors [like] Janet MacEwen as Mrs. Potts who sings the lovely
'Beauty and the Beast - the heart thumper song of the show ..."
Press Gazette Green Bay - Warren Gerds
" ... where you gratefully turn to Janet MacEwen's nicely understated Mrs. Potts for some
real emotion ..."
The Toronto Star - Richard Ouzounian
" ... The show is rich with talent such as the loveable Mrs. Potts, Janet MacEwen ..."
Show Mag.com - Diana Ford
" ... delightful Mrs. Potts the teapot, is gently portrayed and gorgeously sung by Janet MacEwen."
The Commercial Appeal Memphis - Whitney Smith
"... the scenes with the servants -- ably led by John Alban Coughlan's Cogsworth, Ron Wisniski's Lumiere and Janet MacEwen's Mrs. Potts -- are the high point of the evening..."
The Baltimore Sun - J.Wynn Rousuck (November 1999)
"...Janet MacEwen is a soothingly maternal Mrs. Potts, the teapot who sings the title song, and her fellow implements and furnishings are fine company as well. When they all join to line out the carousing "Be Our Guest" ... they bring the house down..."
The Inquirer (Philadelphia) - Clifford A. Ridley (December 1999)
"...Beautifully characterized renditions are delivered by Janet MacEwen as the gentle old teapot,
Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa) - Tom Titus (July 2000)
"... Show-Stopper Janet MacEwen managed to make the over-sung 'Memory' sound fresh and new..."
The Daily News - Jeremy Webb
JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL ...
" ... Janet MacEwen seems to raise the frail ghost of Edith Piaf as she sings the haunting, 'No Love You're Not Alone' [or] reminding us of our common vulnerability singing sadly of 'The Old Folks' ..."The Mail Star - Basil Deacon
" ... MacEwen is beautiful and superbly talented. Her interpretation of various roles throughout the evening is outstanding. From her first solo, 'I Loved', it is obvious that she has control of the pace and mood of the production…By presence I mean not being able to take my eyes off this woman, believing every line she sings - never doubting her interpretation ..."
92 CJCJ/C100 - Harrison
" ... a great songtress [and] excellent actress …when she combines her musical talentwith her acting ability she makes the theatre rock with excitement… MacEwen has that special something that
gives a live performance that extra spark.... This talented lady really knows how to sing the music
of Jacques Brel ..."
The Halifax Herald - Vaughn Laffin
" ... The power of her voice, her ability to strip the song down to it's emotional essentials… "My Death' was the highlight of the evening along with her renditions of 'Old Folks' and 'No Love Your Not Alone'' ..."
The Daily News - Grant MacGillivary
"... the excellent performance of MacEwen [who] finds startling bravery in the face of death in her captivating performance of [Jacques Brel's] 'My Death' ..."
The Ottawa Citizen - Michael Groberman
"...Toronto's Janet MacEwen emerges beautific in her range and grace. Blessed with a dusky
voice… she was especially compelling singing the wistful 'Old Folks' ..."
The Recorder and Times - Brian Amaron
"… Ms. MacEwen's solo on the touching ballad 'Old Folks' enraptured a hushed crowd ..."
The Gananoque Reporter - Martin Biefer
" ... MacEwen shines as the wholesome chorine Linda English offering the best singing of the
night on 'My Funny Valentine'' ..."The Calgary Herald - Brian Brennan
" ... Janet MacEwen sings the cameo part of the cast-off mistress with sweetness and
beautiful phrasing ..." The Chronicle Herald - Stephan Pedersen
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
" ... Janet MacEwen is a blonde dynamo generating enough electromagnetism to keep your
attention totally engaged ..."
London Free Press - Doug Bale
"… dynamic Dinette …Janet MacEwen…exudes sensuousnes, strength and sentiment… in
equal amounts ..."
The Toronto Star - Henry Mietkiewicz
" ... MacEwen's rendition of 'The Best Man' is beautiful, and moving ..."
The Ottawa Citizen - Barbara Crook
" ... flawless fellow cast member Janet MacEwen…[is] equally at home with rock, bluegrass,
folk, and country... "
The Packet and Times - David Akin
" ... As bombshell angel Marge, Janet MacEwen has insinuating hips, a sultry laugh and … red hair that's teased within an inch of it's lacquered life. [She] also knows her way around a song
[proved] in her Big Mama version of 'You Don't have To SayYou Love Me' ..."
" ... Janet MacEwen is unquestionably amazingly gifted… [she] effortlessly draw a character which is brassy, cynical and hardened with a palpable subtext of wistful romanticism. A tour de force… and Ms.MacEwen soars ..."
Toronto Tonight - Genevieve Kierans
" ... MacEwen is the red-headed femme fatale, combining the looks of a Barbara Eden with a Bette Midlerian merriment [she] soars spectacularly with hersultry belting of 'You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me' ... "
The Toronto Sun - Bob Pennington
" ... her forte is a belter's singing voice and a knack for blues stylings that can make songs... much more interesting than they have any right to be ..."
The Globe and Mail - Ray Conologue
" ... MacEwen keeps the evening afloat. Whether sultry, sardonic or moody she sings with appreciable precision and [keeps] me searching the program in search of MacEwen's next solo..."
The Toronto Star - Vit Wagner
" ... Janet MacEwen has a melifluous, floating alto that attractively captured the champagne mood
of the ballads [and] the personality to sell the comic numbers ..."
The Globe and Mail - Liam Lacey
THE HOUSE OF MARTIN GUERRE
" ... Cannon and MacEwen are certainly the standout actors in this production both vocally and dramatically ..."
The Globe and Mail - H.J. Kirchhoff
" ... the lone exception being the assured MacEwen [as Catherine], the only one of 13 supporting cast members to make an appreciable impact ..."
The Toronto Star - Vit Wagner
" ... Janet MacEwen, a fine singer… gives Catherine multiple shades of feeling ..."
NOW Magazine - Jon Kaplan and Jill Lawless