"Fortunately, ABT's cast features two exceptional leads, with Khadijah Rolle as Deloris and Lisa Franklin as the Mother Superior. Rolle is a firecracker of energy and exuberance as the headstrong Deloris who won't let anything get in the way of her dream of becoming a big star, including witnessing a murder. Rolle has a singing voice that soars, especially on her big ballads, and she beautifully depicts the realization Deloris has that she doesn't have any true friends or family except the nuns at the church, including Mother Superior, who have become her surrogate family. Even though she's hidden under a wimple and habit for the entire show, Franklin's expressive facial and hand gestures and perfectly paced pauses get big laughs and beautifully display the character's stern disposition and disapproval of Deloris. Her singing voice is rich and lovely and infuses her solos with depth and meaning."
"At all points along the way, Rolle radiates with a perfect balance of glamor, sass, and vulnerability. She stands in perfect contrast to Lisa Franklin's hard-line by-the-book head nun. The two together, both possessed of impressive voices, deliver persuasive performances as polar opposites undergoing a process of mutual conversion."
"Mezzo Lisa Franklin as Marie, Tony's straight-talking sister, conveys her frustration and jealousy and manages to take a character that can be more of an interruption and makes her a welcome presence."
"Also notable in the large cast is Franklin as the clinging Marie."
"Kudos also to Lisa Franklin, as Marie, his interfering, judgmental sister."
"Lisa Franklin plays Jimmy's wayward mother with a simple honesty that surprises and amuses at the same time..."
"Lisa Franklin portrays Marie Lombardi with engaging, stressed-out sass."
"(as)Eulalie McKecknie Shinn, Lisa Franklin turned in a
highly comic performance."
"Lisa Franklin displays a gorgeous voice and perfect timing ..."
'The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County Musical' Delights
By David Sheward | Backstage
"Franklin(s) solo song about love, "You’ll Hear a Bell" works so well in her rendition that it almost seems as though Mary Astor must have sung it before, except she didn’t."
Meet Me in St. Louis, Berkshire Bright Focus
"Others who do well in their roles ... Lisa Franklin as the judge in Legally Blonde"
"The Edge, Los Angeles"
"There are some notable standouts ... Lisa Passonno Franklin, as Mrs. Bedwin, warms the heart with her reprise of “Where is Love”
Oliver!, The Mac-Haydn Theatre
"Lady Thiang, the number one wife, is brought to life through the acting and singing of Lisa Franklin, who helps tear out your heart with her sensitive portrait of a wife who loves in the western way without knowing how to do so.
Kudos to ... Lisa Franklin’s enduring vocal chops
The Daily Gazette
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