Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe
Audra McDonald's performance at Sanders Theatre was reviewed by a number of local critics (some of those reviews are or will be linked to on this blog), but Richard Dyer's review was different. After more than 30 years covering the classical music that the Celebrity Series has presented in Boston (with occasional diversions into the other genres we present), this is Richard Dyer's last review of a Celebrity Series performance (not that we want to make this about us). I'm not going to even attempt to do justice, especially in this format, to the significance of this momentous change, but I thought you might want to know (gentle reader) that this particular ride is almost over. Read him while you can. Read this in a new light, scan the pages of the Globe for his remaining bylines or revisit some of his recent pieces via boston.com. Any of those options are worth your time...
Here is a bit of that "final" review:
"McDonald's lustrous voice is operatically trained and she's a theater singer, so each song is delivered by a character telling a story or sharing a feeling. McDonald herself is merely the gorgeous, amusing, self-deprecating creature who introduces the songs."
And here is the full text.