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Candy at The Odyssey - Michelle Dawson as "Candy" with the Cast in The Odyssey 2001 Night Club. Courtesy of Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Michelle Dawson as Donna, whose daughter, Sophie, is trying to identify her father.

Credit Michael DeCristofaro

Review: ‘Saturday Night Fever’ at Westchester Broadway Theatre

By Lori Speiser on September 23, 2016

It was a treat to hear Michelle Dawson as Candy the club singer use her powerful voice throughout the evening. For the full article, click here.


White Plains CitizeNetReporter
Posted on September 23, 2016 by John Bailey

Ms. Dawson in the spotlight, brings down the house with a searing, move-your-feet-sway-your-body-thrust-your-hips-shake-your-booty Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn). Ms. Dawson is every bit the Disco Diva – (the Lolita Holloways, the Donna Summerses)—returns  to light up the house with her  caressing contralto doing  Night Fever and You Should be Dancin at the end of the first.....For the full article, click here.


NY Times Review: Dancing in the Aisles to ‘Mamma Mia!’ in Northport

Published on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 in News & Reviews

To the role of Donna, the former star of a disco-era girl group called Donna and the Dynamos, Michelle Dawson brings a knockout voice and an aura of maturity and gravity. Ms. Dawson knows the part well — she was an understudy for it on Broadway and played Donna during the national tour. She suffuses her numbers with deep emotions, particularly in her high-voltage “The Winner Takes It All,” when Donna feels she has lost her chance at happiness. For the full article, click here.


Times Beacon Record Review: Engeman presents a ‘Mamma Mia!’ fit for a ‘Dancing Queen’

Published on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 in News & Reviews, Season Ticket Holders

Donna Sheridan, is Michelle Dawson, who played the character in the Broadway National tour. The actress perfectly embodies the quirky, free-spirited, earthy nature of Donna, and she has great stage presence, too. With her animated facial expressions and dynamite smile, it’s easy for the audience to decipher whether Donna is in agony over past mistakes or enjoying beautiful memories. Her vocals are strong on every number, and when it comes to “The Winner Takes It All,” in the beginning of the song she uses her singing talents to deliver the lyrics as if they were a monologue, and then she powerfully builds the song up to its heartbreaking ending. Dawson also shows off her comedic abilities.....For the full article, click here.


Newsday review: ABBA has them dancing up a storm at Engeman

Published on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 in News & Reviews, Season Ticket Holders

Michelle Dawson as her mom, Donna, reprises a role she understudied on Broadway and played on national tour. Her expertise comes through in convincing us of her bewilderment that these men from her past have shown up for Sophie’s wedding. And she delivers with gusto the climactic “Winner Takes It All.” For the ful article, click here.


NY Theatre Guide Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at John W. Engeman Theater
Published on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 in News & Reviews, Season Ticket Holders
Michelle Dawson gives a convincing portrayal of the beleaguered Donna, while also boasting some impressive vocal.....For the full article, click here.


Long Island Press Review: Mamma Mia! Hit Musical Debuts at Northport’s Engeman Theater
Published on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 in News & Reviews, Season Ticket Holders
The performance of Michelle Dawson (Donna) is informed by a complete understanding of each of the adult female characters. She has played all of them between the Broadway National Tour and as an understudy on Broadway. Dawson shines as the strong woman who pulled herself up by her bootstraps while nursing a bruised heart. She bares her soul in the gut-wrenching song, “The Winner Takes It All,” and renders it beautifully. For the full article, click here.

The Observer: A night at the Engeman/Mamma Mia! in review
Published on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 in News & Reviews, Season Ticket Holders
While Slabaugh emerges as a lovable Sophie, like any great musical this score lends itself to the star, and that’s where Michelle Dawson’s Donna takes over. With a powerful supporting cast of voices at her side, Ms. Dawson’s delivery of the Mamma Mia! classics wows the audience. For the full article, click here.



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