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Les Miserables (Sierra Repertory Theatre)

Sierra Naomi beautifully performs “I Dreamed a Dream,” Fantine’s hopeful song that’s one of the most familiar in this show. It’s emotionally delivered and is again, beautifully lit, thanks to Christopher Van Tuyl’s dramatically elaborate designs ... Naomi shines again in “Fantine’s Death,” in which Valjean promises to care for Cosette as his own daughter. More than 500 people auditioned for this show and one of the best things about it – in true Sierra Rep fashion – is the fact that there are no weak links in the production’s chain. It’s great to see Sierra Rep swing for the fences, and this homerun surely cements the troupe’s place at the top of the musical theater game in the foothills. Read the Full Review

- Mike Taylor - Sierra Lodestar

Fantine in the Factory

Sierra Naomi, as young Cosette’s absent, but loving mother Fantine, is making her SRT debut, and she skillfully makes “I Dreamed a Dream” her own. Every principal plays his or her role with an unflinching dedication to the timeless story. Like thoroughbreds before an important race, they seem to instinctively understand the power of the play they are performing. Read the Full Review

- The Valley View

Sierra Naomi (Fantine) is the strongest female in terms of overall performance. It is obvious that she has chosen to always be thinking of and pursuing the safety of Cosette which in turn colors her short time on stage in poignant fashion ... If you recall, when I saw Sierra Repertory’s staging of Oklahoma I nearly demanded that they make their own cast recording due to the beauty of the sound. This production fits the same bill. The voices are not only fantastic, but the performers are smart with their voices. That is to say that certain phrasing, volume control, inflections, head voice, belt, etc. choices are all utilized to tell the story; not just to show-off in each of the character’s turns of solo-topping the previous one.

- Marc Gonzalez - The Road to 1,000

A Cole Porter Songbook  (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)


For romantics, such a blend is inclined to prompt a feeling of warm fulfillment and a determination never to belong to anywhere else. Working with the skillful and youthful arranger Aaron Benham and a three-piece combo, Anzevino has eschewed the extant Porter revues, none of which is that great, in favor of his own creation, which packs a couple dozen Porter ditties into two hours of stage traffic in the capable hands of performers Jill Sesso (a real vocal powerhouse), Christopher Logan (ever earnest in execution yet light on his toes), William Lucas (a charmer) and Sierra Naomi Nibbe (a very sensual newcomer with considerable chops). Read the Full Review

- Chris Jones - The Chicago Tribune

3 1/2 Stars

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Take a seat at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s marvelous new revue, “A Cole Porter Songbook,” and you will be reminded of his playful genius. The show (which arrives on the heels of the sparkling national tour of Porter’s “Anything Goes”), features zesty direction by Fred Anzevino, ingenious choreography by David Heimann, superb musical direction by the engaging pianist-arranger Aaron Benham, and a savvy, big-voiced cast of four. And it takes audiences on a two-hour jaunt through two dozen of Porter’s most familiar tunes from both stage and screen, with some unknown gems tossed in for good measure ... And the lustrous Sierra Naomi brings an air of romance and sophistication to “Don’t Fence Me In” and many other ensemble pieces. She also pairs with Sesso for a rousing can-can, the highlight of a delightful six-song medley for the full cast inspired by Paris and “l’amour.”  Read the Full Review

- Hedy Weiss - Chicago Sun Times

Highly Recommended

"Sierra Naomi has some very big shoes, er pipes, to fill tackling the Ethel Merman standard "Anything Goes" as well as the Roy Rogers standard "Don't Fence Me In" (from "Anything Goes" and the film "Hollywood Canteen," respectively.) In both cases, she manages to own each piece as if it were written just for her.

 - Misha Davenport - Broadway World Chicago

None of this would matter if the quartet assembled by director Fred Anzevino didn't have the versatility required to deliver a sizzling "Too Darn Hot" and a ditty rhyming "orgy" with "Lucrezia Borgy." Jill Sesso vamps like a sugar-frosted dominatrix for "Let's Misbehave," Christopher Logan shows off some Donald O'Connor acrobatics in "They Couldn't Compare to You," while Sierra Naomi and William Lucas bring vocal muscle to generate the necessary soar for Porter's melodic climaxes.  Read the Full Review

- Mary Shen Barnidge - Windy City Times 

It’s thus with considerable relief to report that Theo Ubique’s newest revue featuring the work of America’s most urbane songwriter is, at the very least, never boring. Under the auspicious vision of director Fred Anzevino, A Cole Porter Songbook is the tenth of Ubique’s unique cabaret-style productions featuring the blockbuster songwriting talents of Broadway ... The beautiful Sierra Naomi makes her Ubique debut in this production, with a certain poised good humor and beautiful musical phrasing.  Read the Full Review

- Anthony J. Mangini - Chicago Critic

 Les Miserables (Four Seasons Theatre) 


"Ambitious show, beautifully staged, smooth transitions ... Chicago actress Sierra Naomi does a lovely job as Fantine: understated, powerful. Would love to see more of her."

  - Lindsay  Christians - The Capital Times

"With its soaring vocals and lack of pretension, this production was as enjoyable as that of nearly any professional touring company. If you love Les Mis, or you just really appreciate grand musical theater and crave to see it locally, you'll want to visit Mitby Theater before the revolutionaries are history." Read the Full Review

- Laura Jones - The Isthmus

"Equally as powerful in my book was Sierra Naomi as Fantine. I fell in love with her voice as she sang "I Dreamed a Dream," and was sucked in by her performance. ... This was a great performance and you should make time to see it. ... Maybe you've seen Les Mis a dozen times, or maybe it is new to you. Regardless, Four Seasons Theatre's production of 'Les Miserables' sets a high mark." Read the Full Review

Jeff Turk - Fresco Opera Theatre

Parade (Bartell Theatre)


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Naomi’s full voice and earnest emotion blend gorgeously in two of the show’s musical highlights, “You Don’t Know This Man,” where she pleads with a reporter to fairly portray her husband, and the duet “All The Wasted Time,” when she and Leo celebrate hope for his release and rekindle their love for each other.
— 77 Square
Fortunately, highly capable performers play the lead roles of Leo and his wife, Lucille...Sierra Naomi, as Lucille, has perhaps the best voice in the show...
— The Isthmus