"The charming performer’s enormous awe-inspiring voice goes a long way toward eclipsing Barbra Streisand's long shadow in the title role."
- HOUSTON PRESS, Lee Williams
" Roberts rises to the occasion, singing her succession of up-tempo rousers, comic turns and blazing ballads with style, range and heart-tugging emotive power. Roberts' earthy heroine is warmhearted, instinctive, and vulnerable."
- HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Everett Evans
barry manilow’s, copacabana
"...Roberts, the biggest pleasure of the evening, her gutsy honest lead performance fleshes out this character."
- VARIETY, Chris Jones
"She invests a psychological reality that brings the musical to life in a fresh way.”
-DALLAS MORNING NEWS, Lawson Taitte
the marvelous wonderettes
“Darcie Roberts dons mantrap Cindy Lou's pumps with subtle assurance, her posing in the hilarious talent competition as droll as her amber-voiced intensity in Act 2 is arresting.”
- LA TIMES, David C. Nichols
“(Darcie Roberts), a statuesque beauty with a sultry delivery...”
-OC REGISTER, Paul Hodgins
the andrews brothers
“Roberts has a dream voice and a sultry stage presence that nicely counterbalance the slapstick.”
- LA TIMES, F.Kathleen Foley
“Stir in a pinup-girl performer (played to perfection by sweet-voiced Darcie Roberts)... Roberts’ sexy and saucy performance feels like a career breakthrough; she’s a delectable cross between classy Mitzi Gaynor and goofy Martha Raye.”
- BACKSTAGE, Les Spindle
thoroughly modern millie
“The two strongest principals…are Darcie Roberts and Hollis Resnik. The leggy Roberts is more of an overt character type than Sutton Foster….This hard working road vet is a terrific dancer, a decent singer and an ebullient personality with a poignant streak of vulnerability and earnestness.”
-VARIEY- Chris Jones
“(Darcie Roberts) makes a potent initial impression…she shows superior comic skills.”
-VARIETY- Joel Hirschhorn
“Darcie Roberts is wonderful and versatile.”
-THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER- Ed Kaufman
"The biggest advantage the tour has over the original is Darcie Roberts as the title character. She's delectable in every aspect of the role. She's hilarious in the funny moments, touching in the – relatively few – serious ones. Her singing and dancing are excellent, but there's something extra – a real star quality."
"Ms. Roberts has an amazing knack for comedy. All with perfect aplomb. Buster Keaton couldn't have done it any better. This performer also has the complementary gift of theatrical sincerity. In her big final song, "Gimme, Gimme," she allows us to watch Millie's slow progress toward committing to real love. It's an eventful emotional journey in the span of only three minutes."
- DALLAS MORNING NEWS, Lawson Taitte
"That is certainly the case with the title role, played by Darcie Roberts. She is a fine singer who not only has superb vocal tools but also uses them wisely, holding back and letting go at just the right moments. She is also a good physical comedienne who calls to mind Carol Burnett more than Julie Andrews. This combination of talents makes her a wonderful Millie."
-FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, Punch Shaw
“Darcie Roberts, impossibly leggy young actress – a blend of Carol Burnett and Shirley MacLaine – has a fine belt voice, a bold dancing style and a smart, no-nonsense approach to the marathon title role. Roberts deftly keeps sentimentality at bay, giving her character just the right sassy, well-balanced edge as she moves through her picaresque adventures in love and work. Millie’s come-on to her WASP-y boss…in which she twines her serpentine legs around a chair on wheels – is a hilarious bit, and the actress has great fun with it. And Millie’s romance with a free-spirited jack-of-all-trades, Jimmy Smith is carried off with style.”
-CHICAGO SUN-TIMES- Hedy Weiss
“Thanks to a chipper cast headed by the sterling Darcie Roberts, this new touring production is a clear improvement over the current Broadway incarnation.”
-THE WASHINGTON POST- Peter Marks
“The show is dotted with fine performances, but Darcie Roberts in the title role dominates the show with quirky humor and a big voice. This is a star turn by someone who commands the stage like she owns it.”
-KANSAS CITY STAR- Robert Trussell
“Darcie Roberts…has a wide-eyed Carol Burnett quality perfectly suited for fun physical comedy, cheeky romance and Millie Dillmount. In a show that demands much from its female lead, Roberts doesn’t miss a beat.”
PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE- John Hayes
“If Broadway were as healthy today as it was in its 1940s and ‘50s heyday, Darcie Roberts would likely be a household name. She’s the real deal, and a good thing, too.”
ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION- Kathy Janich
“Roberts acts with winning exuberance, her initial waiflike charm evolving into spunky determination, yet never loses that spark of human warmth. She dances with grace and pizzazz. She is charmingly gawky in comic scenes, as when an attempt at playing femme fatale finds her falling off her stenographer’s perch and stuck under the desk – a bit of droll slapstick worthy of Carol Burnett. Roberts’ protean voice extracts every ounce of tenderness from a gentle ballad, then grows into a dynamite belt for gutsy, up-tempo turns. She performs all the show’s best songs to the max and brilliantly builds her climactic showstopper Gimme Gimme from pensive opening to powerhouse finish.”
THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE- Everett Evans
“The touring production…features a star turn by Darcie Roberts, who sings the title role with ball-fisted conviction and acts it with gamine grace. “
THE HARTFORD COURANT - Jeff Rivers
“Leading the stellar group is the fabulous Darcie Roberts as Millie…She wins the audience’s hearts and support right from her first scene. Roberts displays hilarious comic skills that have not been used to their potential until now. She brings down the house with her physical comedic talents in the typing desk scene in act two. Roberts also brings a touching, moving aura to Millie, making her more accessible to the audience. And then there’s that voice! The gal has a massive belt that hits the back of the Music Hall balcony…pure vocal brilliance.
TALKIN BROADWAY- John Garcia
“The tour features a great cast, most notably Darcie Roberts, who makes the title role completely her own with ease.”
BROADWAY.COM- Paul Wontorek
“Darcie Roberts easily meets the demands, belting show-stoppers and dancing her heart out, with a superb feel for physical comedy, all with natural charm and warmth.”
TRIANGLE.COM (Raleigh, NC)- Roy C. Dicks
“It helps to have a leading lady in Millie Dillmount’s Darcie Roberts, whose smile stretches a mile wide and whose comic timing and unadulterated charm recall a young Mary Tyler Moore…Roberts steps into the well-heeled heels of Sutton Foster’s Tony-winning counterpart and makes the coveted role her own. Roberts is blessed with a booming voice, nimble feet and acting prowess, but what makes this physical comedian so darn appealing is her accessible physical appearance: attractive but not gorgeous, fit but not skinny, embodying her Millie with affable goofiness.”
CHARLOTTE THEATRE MAGAZINE- Allison West
“While ‘Millie’ features many solid performances, lead actress Darcie Roberts steals the show. She’s quirky and hilarious – a real Lucille Ball type – and her clear, belted-from-the-gut voice gives Millie an honest, endearing quality.”
THE DES MOINES REGISTER- Jody Crossman
“Roberts is a real Broadway babe, a gal who can tap her heart out and belt out Jeanine Tesori’s songs with ease. She also is as natural a physical comedienne as Lucille Ball.”
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE- Joanne Milani
“Darcie Roberts doesn’t disappoint. Her Millie is endearing, a spunky young girl with Midwestern common sense and gumption. Roberts possesses an unconventional beauty and is like a young Carol Burnett in her physical humor. A scene where she gets tangled up in the legs of her desk and tries to extricate herself, only managing to make matters worse, had the audience in stitches. And her solos are showstoppers; Millie may trip through life, but when she opens her mouth and sings, she’s the most graceful thing around. “
NAPLES DAILY NEWS- Nancy Stetons
“In the title role it boasts a triple-threat singer-dancer-actress named Darcie Roberts – she deserves to be more well known -- who gives a radiant, rubber-limbed performance that is even better than original cast wind-up doll Sutton Foster.”
PALM BEACH POST Hap Erstein
“Roberts has such a lanky appeal and goofy charm – not to mention some hilariously humiliating physical comedy – that we love the character via the actress.”
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS- Lisa Bornstein
“…the enchanting Darcie Roberts is beyond easy categorization. As a singer, dancer and actress, she hits just the right note. But she is also a tall, lithe physical comedienne in the tradition of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, and part of what makes all three so evidently beautiful is that they could never be immediately typecast as traditional-looking ingénues. With her Catwoman eyes and statuesque height, Roberts is an everywoman kind of starlet.”
THE DENVER POST- John Moore
“…fetching and funny Darcie Roberts is a capable singer, an adroit physical comedienne (just watch her escape from the clutches of a typing table), and a leggy, exuberant hoofer.”
THE SEATTLE TIMES- Misha Berson
“Roberts joyously inhabits the lead role of Millie Dillmount…She dances with a graceful physicality and sings with powerful, emotional ease.”
THE SACRAMENTO BEE- Marcus Crowder
“Roberts is a talented triple-threat performer with her own charms. Big-shouldered and lanky, Roberts has a great gift for physical comedy…She’s got a powerhouse voice that’s equally comfortable with belt-it-out numbers and tricky wordplay songs…”
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER- Paul Hodgins
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LIBBY ST. ALBAN
"Darcie is just a dream...as a singer, as an actress, as a dancer, as a human being, she amazes me!"
- TOMMY TUNE
"Roberts's voice is as limpid as a church bell echoing through an unpopulated landscape."
- THEATRE WEEK, Charles Marowitz
"Darcie Roberts has a winning freshness, a sturdy singing voice and an uncommonly intelligent way with a lyric."
- PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Clifford A. Ridley
"...and the show has a enormous asset in Darcie Roberts...she looks like and dances as glamorously as, Leslie Caron or Juliet Prowse, she also sings with power and finesse."
- DALLAS MORNING NEWS, Lawson Taitte
"She has the voice of a nightingale which fills the gigantic theater, and her dances are no less perfect."
- COSTA MESA DAILY PILOT, Timothy Titus
"As far as I am concerned, other performances don't hold a candle to Darcie Roberts. She makes (Sally Bowles') the dichotomy work and work spectacularly."
- THE INDEPENDENT, Jack Look
"Darcie Roberts, brings to the title role a zest that Leslie Caron, the film’s star, could only have envied."
- STAR TELEGRAM, Perry Stewart
"Roberts' is different form other portrayals of "Mother" I've seen, she has an urgency and wonder in her voice that play very well...(her) innocence and eventual personal strength are also played very well...Roberts is expressive and dynamic within the song..."
- TALKIN' BROADWAY, T. Burnett