What the critics say

Next to Normal at Custom Made Theatre

Lisa-Marie Newton manically switches from euphoria to agony. She uses her vocal cords to intensify Diana’s pain. It is a tour de force of outstanding acting.

—Richard Connema (For All Events)

Lisa-Marie Newton sings beautifully and convincingly portrays both the confusion and ecstasy that is bipolar illness.

Charles Kruger (Bay Area Theatre Examiner)

Lisa-Marie Newton returns to the role of Diana with a new depth, vibrance and vocal power.

Robert Sokol (Bay Stages)

Newton’s portrayal of Diana is heart-stirringly magnificent. Not only is her singing breathtaking, but she is also able to capture both the daze and misery of bipolar disorder as well as the way she is enchanted with her own illness.

Michelle Lin (The Daily Californian)

[Lisa-Marie Newton]…gives a performance of astonishing complexity and passion.

Lee Hartgrave (Beyond Chron)

It is [Lisa-Marie] Newton.. who dominates the action with a circus of emotions that allow her to journey through the physical environment she manages to grasp very tentatively, and her internal world consisting of people living and dead. Her life changes unwittingly depending on the medications she is and isn’t taking.

Pat Craig (Mercury News)

Bat Boy, The Musical at Foothill Music Theatre

Lisa-Marie Newton gives a vivid performance as Meredith.

Richard Connema (Talkin’ Broadway)

Assassins at Ray of Light Theatre

Lisa-Marie Newton is first-rate.

Sean Martinfield (SF Sentinel)

Lisa-Marie Newton is utterly hilarious.

Gregory M. Alonzo (Stark Insider)

Lisa-Marie Newton mined every ounce of comic gold from Sara Jane Moore.

Robert Sokol (Sondheim Review)

Oh Kay! at 42nd Street Moon

Both Lisa-Marie Newton (as the stuck-up socialite, Constance Appleton) and Brian Yates Sharber (as“Shorty” McGee, a bootlegger masquerading as a butler) had just the right spirit for landing one gag after another.

George Heymont (My Cultural Landscape)