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ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – TRIARTS SHARON PLAYHOUSE

“Annie Get Your Gun” is about show biz, the Wild West and, mostly, romance.  All this works with Kellie Johnson playing a more vulnerable Annie, with double takes like Imogene Coca’s and timing that makes us laugh out loud.  Johnson is a sweetheart of an Annie who gets tough only for show.  Otherwise, what we have here is a sharp-shooting softy with pretty big lungs.  And those lungs are important.  Johnson makes the rafters rattle in “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” – The Compass, Connecticut

FASTEST WOMAN ALIVE - OFF-BROADWAY

Anyone who cares about great theater needs to hurry and see Kellie Johnson portray Jackie Cochran in “The Fastest Woman Alive” – NY Theatre.com

ROGERANDTOM - OFF-BROADWAY

Johnson provides a great deal of the plays entertainment.  Johnson who plays Penny is the play’s most “real” character, and she is appropriately touching when the time comes.” – Showbusiness Weekly NYC

PIRATES OF PENZANCE - THE BROADWAY ROSE

Kellie Johnson SHINES in Pirates of Penzance!  She’s Lucy Ricardo, accidentally enlisted in the Keystone Kops.  She’s pure fun!” – The Oregonian

PIRATES OF PENZANCE - MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

“As Mabel, Kellie Johnson wraps her agile soprano around “Poor Wandering One,” managing to be both coy and petulant.” – The Oregonian (Click here for a Video of her performance)

“Kellie Johnson makes an aggressive, gung-ho Mabel – just right for the daughter of a major general, and her elastic voice emphasizes the humor in the musical score.” – The Willamette Week

H.M.S. PINAFORE –MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

Campy flair fills sails of H.M.S. Pinafore, but of all the performers, it’s Kellie Johnson, as the captain’s daughter Josephine, who soars in this production.  In her speaking part and in the comic songs, she’s an appealing clown – she’s zany yet she doesn’t resort to overwrought mugging.  In her first ballad, “Sorry Her Lot,” Johnson projects a remarkable stage presence.  She lifts the number up, giving it operatic dimensions.  She makes Josephine’s love for the lowly born Ralph seem comic on one level, heart-rending and aria-inspiring on another.  She’s Jay Ward’s Sweet Nell Fenwick impersonating Puccini’s Tosca.” – The Oregonian

BLOOD BROTHERS - THEATRE! THEATER!

“Johnson anchors Blood Brothers cast!...Her singing, somewhere between a ‘60’s pop diva and a British music hall star, is full-bodied and satisfying.” –The Oregonian

EL PASO BLUE – MIRACLE THEATRE

“Leading actor Kellie Johnson who won a Drama Critics Award for her stellar satirical performance in “Forbidden Broadway,” uses her instinctive stage talent, marvelous singing voice and comedic skills to create Sylvie in Octavio Solis’ play, “El Paso Blue.”  Johnson turns herself inside out in this role.” – Holly Johnson

“Kellie Johnson (Sylvie), who has songs throughout the show, sings with all the heart and soul of someone who knows why it’s called the blues.  Johnson’s portrayal of a disenchanted beauty queen lusting for reality will hit you hard, leaving little chance for a quick breather.” – The Vanguard

“As Sylvie, a woman torn between a father and a son’s affections, Kellie Johnson is dynamic.  Lesser actors would take Sylvie’s drunkenness to a ludicrous level, but Johnson manages to reserve the character’s pathos in the center of her no-holds-barred performance.  As a singer, Johnson has the type of voice from wildcat phrasing to an intense soulfullness, she is an amazing vocalist.” – Performance, Willamette Week.

THE MOST HAPPY FELLA - FESTIVAL PLAYHOUSE

Kellie Johnson handles Rosabella’s pivotal role beautifully, exhibiting the maturity and self-assurance expected of a seasoned performer.  Her renditions of Warm All Over and I Love Him are deeply moving.”  - The Journal Herald, Dayton Daily News

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS – AMPITHEATER

Johnson scores with a searing rendition of “Memory” from the Broadway hit, “Cats.”  She also blossoms with a lilting version of “As Long As He Needs Me” from “Oliver!” – Dayton Daily News

CHESS – LAKEWOOD THEATRE

The always radiant Kellie Johnson gives further indication of her wide acting and singing range – here she plays Anatoly’s estranged wife, Svetlana.  The scene in which Anatoly and Svetlana meet and he tells her of his affair with Florence is the most honest, heartfelt moment in the play.” – Mark Dundas Wood – The Oregonian

ANNIE – BROADWAY ROSE

Broadway Rose’s ‘Annie’ flourishes.  Kellie Johnson as Lily, Rooster’s gum chomping, pink-bereted moll captures best of all that snappy, donchalove-show-biz style “Annie” needs.”  - The Oregonian

BIRD ON THE WING – FESTIVAL PLAYHOUSE

Keep your eyes and ears on Kellie Johnson.  She’s superb in the lead role of Nashville singer Lillie Mae.  While singing A Good Old Gospel Song, the energy is so high and genuine that nothing else matters.  Kellie Johnson rises to the occasion in Bird On The Wing.” – The Journal Herald, Dayton Daily News

THE THREEPENNY OPERA – MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

Kellie Johnson is a feisty yet naïve Polly!” – The Oregonian

THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN – MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

“As Molly in this Musical Theatre Company production, Kellie Johnson blasts onto stage with enough enthusiasm to maintain the show throughout.  Her dancing is lively and her voice is beautiful.  From a rough-and-tumble tomboy wrestling her three brothers in “Belly Up To the Bar Boys” to a faux debutante sparring with the high and mighty in “Beautiful People of Denver,” Johnson keeps up the comic energy to the last.” – The Oregonian

GREASE – THE BROADWAY ROSE

“As Betty Rizzo, the school’s loose woman, Kellie Johnson could steal the show if she wanted, but she melts into the ensemble seamlessly when required, shining in the spotlight too briefly to belt “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” a paean to the pleasures of the flesh.” – The Oregonian