STAGES St. Louis, DreamWorks' Madagascar

 

Broadway World - June, 2018:

"DreamWorks' Madagascar... opens at STAGES St. Louis with bright colors, zippy dance moves, and strong singing voices... We meet Gloria the hip-hip hippo, played by the delightful Claire Manship..." Read the entire review here.

 

Music Theatre Wichita, Hairspray

 

The Wichita Eagle - July, 2017:

"The production is led by Claire Manship, whose spunk and smile as Tracy Turnblad is infectious. Manship’s impressive dance moves easily compare to those of the plastic 'Nicest Kids in Town' on the Corny Collins Show. It’s a delight to watch Tracy’s transformation from chubby outsider to teen trendsetter almost overnight." Read the entire review here.

 

2016 Year in Review

 

PLAYBACK:stl - December, 2016:

"1. It Shoulda Been You / STAGES St. Louis

This show introduced me to my new favorite actress: Claire Manship. Her performance made me happy and gay."

Read the entire countdown here.

 

STAGES St. Louis, It Shoulda Been You

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - June, 2016:

"Directed and choreographed by Stephen Bourneuf, the Stages production has a nice surprise, too: Claire Manship's performance as the bride's older sister, Jenny.

New to Stages, Manship is a charmer as a loving, capable young woman without whose care the elaborate wedding could never have come together. But people — including her mother — tend to take Jenny for granted, mainly because she's overweight. Her beautifully modulated performance could suit a much more serious play — until she lets go in the sensational “Jenny's Blues.” At that point, you understand why Manship belongs in musical theater."  Read the entire review here.

 

PLAYBACK:stl - June, 2016:

"That leaves Claire Manship in the main role of Jenny. Manship's vocals are going to stay with me for some time. There is a tone in her voice that is remarkable - Manship can sing. Whether she was serving sass in 'Jenny's Blues' or sincere emotion as she did in 'Perfect,' Manship's vocals were magical every time she opened her mouth. Her acting chops are equally impressive as she commanded the stage with a cool confidence each time she appeared. This is a performance that deserves some kind of trophy if you know what I mean." Read the entire review here.

 

Ladue News - June, 2016:

"Claire Manship is the focus of the production with a winning interpretation of older sister Jenny, who knows she’s overweight and is keenly aware of her shortcomings thanks to her mother’s reminders. Manship gets the show off to a spirited start with the opening number, I Never Wanted This, that demonstrates the script’s impish heart and hints at what’s to follow."  Read the entire review here.

 

Snoop's Theatre Thoughts - June, 2016:

"The cast is ideally chosen, led by Manship in a winning performance as the kind but underappreciated Jenny... Overall, though, It Shoulda Been You is an outstanding showcase for Manship. She makes the most of her starring role, bringing lots of energy and a great voice, and it's Jenny's story that is the most convincing."  Read the entire review here.

 

KDHX - June, 2016:

"Strong actors abound in the production and most have excellent singing voices. (I have no hesitation singling out Claire Manship... in this regard.)"  Read the entire review here.

 

Belleville News-Democrat - June, 2016:

"The young folks are impressive, with Claire Manship appealing as Jenny, the warm, witty sister of the bride. She sensationally delivers the opening number, 'I Never Wanted This'." Read the entire review here.

 

Broadway World - June, 2016:

"Stacie Bono... plays well off her sister Jenny, nicely essayed by Claire Manship, who provides a sense of her own self worth with the song 'Beautiful'."  Read the entire review here.

 

Elon University, It Gets Better

 

The Pendulum - November, 2011:

"Several performances, such as... Claire Manship’s 'I’m Here' from 'The Color Purple' brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation and tears to students’ eyes." Read the entire review here.

 

Elon University, Pride and Prejudice

 

The Pendulum - April, 2012:

"But in characters such as Mrs. Bennet, played by junior Claire Manship,... the show was humorous all the way through. Manship’s accurate portrayal of the often ridiculous, smothering and overwhelming Mrs. Bennet kept audiences entertained, even when she was not the forefront of the attention. Her exaggerated laughs and shouts for her husband or daughters were everything the notorious Mrs. Bennet should be and highlighted exactly what Austen intended in her creation of Mrs. Bennet: satirizing women who thought of nothing but marrying daughters off quickly and into good names and fortunes."  Read the entire review here.

 

Other articles:

Sheryl Kaller Will Direct World Premiere of Bliss at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Playbill

Music Theatre Wichita's Hairspray tackles issues, The Wichita Eagle

Revenge of the Understudies at Signature Theatre, The Washington Post

Elon University promotes Claire at 54 Below, Alumni Magazine

Miss Saigon at Signature Theatre, The Washington Post