Review: for Sharron in “Sharron Matthews NAKED at 54 Below in NYC
Review: for Sharron in “Closer Than Ever”
“ Sharron Matthews is a powerhouse singer and hilarious on “Miss Bird” and her duet with the excellent bass player Paul Clifford in “Back on Bass.” – North Country Public Radio
“Of the many different numbers, my favourite happened midway through the first of the two acts. Miss Byrd, about a realtor whose life outside of the office is one she keeps to herself, highlights my favourite performer of the quartet, Sharron Matthews (judging by the applause at the end of the show, I wasn’t alone in that sentiment).” – Kingston Whig
Review: Sharron and George’s Super Fun Christmas Sing-A-Long (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre)
By Gian Verano
Super Fun Christmas Sing-A-Long is a Toronto Holiday Tradition with Legs — and Booze
What’s Christmas without a few good carols?
Taking the stage for a third year in a row, married couple Sharron Matthews and George Masswohl belt out all the holiday classics in their perennially popular spectacular, Sharron and George’s Super Fun Christmas Sing-A-Long.
It’s a fun night of surprise guests, hilarious banter, and of course, Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, O Holy Night, and my personal favourite, All I Want for Christmas Is You – complete with Sharron’s spot on Mariah Carey impression.
And if you’re like me and a little bit shy about singing in public, it’s a good thing that Buddies also has a fully licensed bar where you can order up a little bit of liquid courage. It’s a smaller venue, so you’ll be able to clearly hear how good, bad or tone- deaf the people around you are.
But none of that mattered, since at the end of the day, it was all about getting to relax with a group of people who are filled with as much holiday cheer as you are.
Now, I’ve been to many sing-a-longs in my day, and in my experience, it’s the hosts that make or break the production.
Funny, personable and razor sharp, Sharron and George took command of the stage that evening and delivered a banter that was at the same time natural and clever. This wasn’t Shakespeare, Shaw or Ibsen – subject matter that took itself very seriously – it was just a group of friends on stage having a great time, and putting in their sincerest efforts to ensure the same audience of their audience members.
Speaking of guests, the evening featured a cavalcade of performers who each brought something magical to the stage.
Since the web page for this event had the word ‘secret’ in all-caps for ‘special SECRET guests, I won’t ruin the surprise by dropping any names, but let me just say that the guests appearances featured a hauntingly beautiful traditional Swedish carol, down south storytelling, a laugh-out-loud drag show, as well as a human impression Jingle Cats. That’s right – the popular 90’s phenomenon of cats meowing out Christmas classics.
This was a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for a fun way to get into the holiday spirit next year, be sure to make Sharron and George’s Super Fun Christmas Sing-A-Long part of your annual Christmas traditions.
I honestly could not have chosen a better production as my last review of 2014.
REVIEW: Sharron Matthews : FULL DARK (at the 35th Annual Rhubarb Festival)
by Lynn Slotkin on February 20, 2015
in The Passionate Playgoer
At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Ont.
And then there’s Sharron Matthews’ show Full Dark. Sharron Matthews is a celebrated cabaret singer in Toronto and the world. This show goes into the darker side of her life; loosing her beloved father to a terrible accident; discovering the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, finding danger on the streets when she was a young girl, having a serious problem with anxiety. It’s all there in her songs and music.
Before the show starts she comes out in her dressing gown and introduces herself to every person in that audience. She walks up the aisles of the theatre, introduces herself to every single person there; shakes their hand, gives a funny line. She’s funny, cheeky, irreverent and totally professional. When that show starts with her three piece band playing, she goes from songs about loss of love, insecurity, darkness of the soul and coming out the other side. She has such a keen ear to her music and what works and how songs should be fitted together. If you have never seen Sharron Matthews in person, go. She is the real deal. The Rhubarb Festival continues at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre until Feb. 22.
RAVE Reviews for “Sharron Matthews Superstar: GOLD 2012
“She proved once again that she may be the most exciting thing to have happened
in cabaret since Bette Midler at the Continental Baths.”
“Sharron Matthews is the ‘Statue of Liberty’ of cabaret and comedy! The roguish and rompish singer/
comedienne has no equal in her native Canada or invading America as she did at Flute Bar this week. Think of Rosie O’Donnell, Phyllis Diller – and going back to Broadway superstar history, Beatrice Lillie – with fabulous voice to boot and you have Sharron Matthews!”
— Ward Morehouse III, Black Tie Magazine/NYC
“A voice as big, beautiful, and varied as her native Canada.”
“I thought she’d burst a blood vessel – or that I would, from laughing.”
— The Scotsman 4 Stars **** named “HOT SHOW”
GOLD named one of the TOP CABARETS of the 2012 Fringe.
“By the time the show is over, it seems like it has just begun. Matthews’ ability to banter and get familiar with her audience makes them feel like they only just got to know her. One thing is certain, Sharron is pure Gold.”
— Broadway Baby 5 Stars *****
The New Current
“It would be hard to find the slightest of faults in this show delivered with class, originality, and passion, Sharron Matthews is a breath of fresh-air and produces a show that has the packed house roaring.”
— The New Current 5 Stars *****
Also named one of the 50 Tops Shows of Edinburgh Fringe.
The Curtain Up Show
“Sharron Matthews is a refreshing, bold, extremely talented and naturally comedic performer. It is encouraging to see a cabaret show being performed with raw, natural, witty, dynamic talent. Sharron Matthews truly is the Superstar!”
— The Curtain Up Show 6 STARS ******
“Her voice is superior too and the choice of music certainly shows her range. Performing classic songs and adding a unique twist, or occasionally throwing out the original tune and rebuilding a song from scratch – there are many stand-out moments. Personal favourites included beautiful new arrangements of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ and ‘Love Stoned’. And I adored what she did with the hitherto innocent sound of ‘Hotel California’.”
— Scotsgay 4 Stars ****
“Once again, Sharron Matthews delights in an all-too-quick hour of top-class comedy cabaret. She welcomes every audience member as they come in, instantly putting people at ease and you just know you’re going to enjoy the next hour. Her rapport with the audience is a joy and she has us eating out of the palm of her hands.”
— One4Review 5 Stars *****
Reviews for Jesus Thinks I’m Funny Tour, Scotland and London 2011
“Best of the Fest”
— The Scotsman
“She owns the stage and everyone who dares look her way”
— The Scotsman, **** 4 STARS
“A brilliant piece of comedy cabaret. Sharron Matthews is a redheaded Canadian goddess of cabaret, a real superstar.”
— The Skinny, ***** 5 STARS
“Jesus Thinks I’m Funny is like watching a ballsy, chaotic, hilariously foul-mouthed version of Glee.”
— Hairline, **** 4 STARS
“Not only is Sharron Matthews a superstar, she is a force of nature.”
— Three Weeks Edinburgh, **** 4 STARS
“Sharron Matthews is a force to be reckoned with.Weimar Republic meets Lady Gaga!”
— Cabaret Scenes, London, England.
And she got the Holy Grail of the Edinburgh Fringe…the Cover of the Scotsman Newspaper!!!
Reviews for Canada Sings 2011!
Here are some of the review bullets about Sharron’s work on Canada Sings from Debra Yeo’s Reality Check column in the Toronto Star.
“I hereby declare Sharron the Queen of the Mashup, because she always chooses such great songs and blends them so well together.”
“I have to bow down to Sharron and choreographer Christian Vincent. They’d be the first to tell you it was all the cops’ hard work and dedication that did the trick. And no doubt, it was, but Sharron and Christian worked some magic here, coming up with a really fun, unexpected song mashup”
“Somehow, though, when Sharron Matthews and Christian Vincent were finished with them, they had transformed into sexy divas in sequins and cool gents in suits and fedoras, and they were delightful.”
“If this gal isn’t at the very least in the running for Outstanding Female Vocalist, or Outstanding Female Debut (because she could indeed find herself eligible for both), one can only wonder precisely what both the nominating committee and the voting board were thinking. Rarely in the last forty years of the art form, has someone blown into town as a virtual unknown, been booked into one of the most prestigious rooms the city has to offer and then proceed to put forth an evening comparable only to the work of a very young Bette Midler at the Continental Baths. And whether or not a nomination is in the cards for her this season, she needs no help from anyone to emerge at all turns as simply dazzling.”
— Andrew Martin, Nite Life Exchange
For Sharron Matthews Superstar: The World Domination Tour 2010
“She is a pinch of Ethel Merman and Bette Midler. Her show is deliciously campy and her interpretation of a song is unique and wonderful. Sharron Matthews’s personality and talent really shines as she sails through some of the contemporary hits of the 80’s…Sharron is one of those rare performers that comes along once in a while and gets notices in a downtown club and builds a loyal following a la Bette Midler.”
— Magda Katz, Broadway After Dark
“Not only was this show a complete and utter triumph on all counts, but serves as testament to the fact that a chanteuse as riveting and brilliant as Matthews proved on this night should wholeheartedly be welcomed to New York and elsewhere with unabashedly open arms.”
— Andrew Martin, Nite Life Exchange
“How f**king good are you!?!”
— Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
“Matthews sings with attitude and humour in a show that has more musical surprises and mood swings than a foul-mouthed episode of ‘Glee’. World Domination beckons.”
— Three Weeks Edinburgh
“Sharron is a born entertainer and this is obvious from the off, not only is she very funny but she has a cracking voice and you can’t help be mesmerized when she belts out hits from legends like Shirley Bassey to Radiohead. As a comedy show its very good but I refuse to review this just on comedy alone, this is cabaret and as that it’s excellent. Brace yourself world Sharron Matthews is taking over. ***** 5 STARS!”
— Comedy Reviewer
“This cabaret performer from Canada rocked theSpace at Surgeons Hall last night with her powerful performance and winning personality. Highly Recommended. ***** 5 STARS”
— Broadway Baby
“Without question a truly magnificent performer with a great deal of heart and a voice so controlled, sweet and powerful you will leave her show on a high. If your question is whether Sharron Matthews is a superstar, quite frankly yes! ***** 5 STARS”
— The New Current
“Sharron Matthews truly is a superstar and a performer as personable and instantly likeable is something rare both at The Fringe and beyond. ***** 5 STARS”
“So here’s the thing. Sharron Matthews transforms cabaret into musical/dramatic crack. You can’t get enough. Unbe-f**king-lievable.”
Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine and CTV
What are they saying about Sharron’s Party?….
“Capable of selling any song like it is prime downtown real estate”
—John Coulourne, Toronto Sun
“Live-wire who electrifies the cabaret scene ”
—Richard Ouzonian, Toronto Star
“The Hottest Ticket in Town”
—Shinan Govani, National Post
— Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine
“No demure wallflower, Matthews is out there and in your face. She can rivet you with her great pipes and then touch you with the tenderness of her interpretations. And then make you laugh until you pee.”
— Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine [read the rest here]
—Richard Ouzounain, The Toronto Star
“Call her a pseudiva — a starlet who’s got all the talent but none of the ‘tude…. Matthews has a world class singing voice….. A killer party!”
—Colin Hunter, Waterloo Record
“Sharron Matthews is like a champagne cocktail….one with extra fizz.”
—Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator
“It was a divinely fabulous evening of song and hilarious storytelling… Once is never enough when it comes to Sharron Matthews’ Cabaret.”
—Amanda Campbell, Twisi Theatre Blog
“They loved her… she is a joy to have in any theatre… I loved her, as a person and an artist.. .she was incredible.”
—Melvin Ford, Operations Manager, Kings Playhouse
Sharron’s reviews from Songs for a New World….
“Sharron Matthews is perfection.”
— Richard Ouzounain, The Toronto Star
“The sublime Sharron Matthews.”
— Now magazine
“Takes the stage like a leopard to the jungle”
— John Coulbourne, Toronto Sun
“Matthews accusatory romp through neglected Mrs. Claus’ psyche in “Nick” is well worth the admission price alone.”
— Serafin, Extra Magazine (Songs for a New World)
“Genuine showstoppers….count most of the songs performed by Matthews”
— John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun
“Matthews is a stunning performer “
— Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator, (What You Don’t Know)
Sharron’s reviews from The Wizard of Oz…..
“Sharron Matthews Wicked Witch of the West… grandly theatrical and unhinged (in a good way)!”
— Kamal Al-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail
“Sharron Matthews is the coolest of witches”
— Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star
“Fine performances throughout, notably Sharron Matthewsʼ campy and vocally exquisite Wicked Witch.”
— David Bateman, XTRA
“Sharron Matthews is a treat as the Wicked Witch.”
— Christopher Hole, Eye Weekly
“Sharron Matthews is also a standout, a Wicked Witch who’s more like one of those strict teachers we all tried to avoid.”
— Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine
For Sharron in Sky Gilbert’s Premiere of Happy…
“The Saucy Sharron Matthews!”
— J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail
“The inimitable Sharron Matthews”
— Christopher Hoile, Eye Magazine
“Matthews makes use of her prodigious comic inventions”
— Richard Ouzuonian, The Star