Todd & Heather’s CHRISTMAS CHEER! 

Todd Sherry and Heather Olt spread a heavy helping of holiday cheer in a well-written, well-paced and well-performed Christmas show that sparkled with great singing, terrific staging and pinpoint patter from a couple of very talented performers who carried it all off as if they were a veteran comedy team.

Olt, who seems capable of singing anything extremely well, also excels in the mood swing department — purring a sultry rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” that was absolutely stunning, squeezing every possible ounce of emotion out of the lyric, and then stumbling hilariously over the Hawaiian words in “Mele Kalikimaka” or singing at close to warp speed to squeeze in all the words on a very fast medley of “Happy Holidays,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride”.
 
Elliot Zwiebach
Cabaret Scenes
THE DIANALOGUES

Playwright Laurel Haines illustrates this phenomenon [Princess Diana] in her series of monologues by ten women- all portrayed by Heather Olt and Ginger Leigh- who were somehow touched by the People’s Princess.  Haines...comes through with some moments of...vulnerability:  a housewife sharing her plans to find Diana, still living, and offer her a low-profile home in her Duluth guest room.  Olt moves through these and other characters with energy and fluid grace.

-Kim Wilson
The Chicago Reader
THE BIG SLEEPOVER

The title skit is a hilarious enactment of the mischievous possibilities inherent in a slumber party...With Ms. Martin, the other players- Ted Brackett, Tricia Cox, Heather Olt and Kennedy Pugh- bring lively voices and feet to the production.

-Laurel Graeber
The New York Times
QUEEN ESTHER

Queen Vashti, beautifully played by Heather Olt, leads the women of ancient Persia...in a revolt.  Her rendition of “There’s Work to Be Done” and “Insurrection, Finally Free,” are beautifully sung.

-Bea Smith
Union Leader

The Unlucky Queen Vashti is given a standout portrayal by the highly talented Heather Olt.

-Jim Breetveld
Home News Tribune

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT’S JUST ME

It is difficult to tell which is more enchanting, Heather Olt’s warm, expressive alto or her deep, intelligent comic sensibility. While many performers simply tell of their lives through song, Olt raises the bar by creating a TV-obsessed alter-ego and revealing a life through sitcoms, soaps and the music that accompanies them.

Olt’s show was brilliantly conceived and executed, showing she is a serious double-threat as both singer and comedienne. 
 
-Dave Bass
Cabaret Scenes
Great music surrounds us.  The Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, Vanguard Concert are all gifts.  What is missing the the contemporary great American Musical Theater.  I have criticized again and again the hype-laden musicals that leave us nearly deaf from the sound intensidty and not humming a single tune.  The plethora of revivals of Broadway musicals from the past is proof positive of my thesis.  A very recent experience points to the direction into which I hope one aspect of music will move.  

Former Oakwood resident and Oakwood High grad Heather Olt is a cabaret singer.  She sings songs well-laced with humor and personality that are directed to each member of the audience.  Her show packed the Canal Street Tavern in late December.  She will continue that success and add new cabaret style shows including more great and memorable songs.
     
We need this badly.  It will mitigate the musicals that put special effects and ear-piercing volume well before musical content.

Keep it up, Heather.  You make us proud.  You are an important part of the future of music. 

-Burt Seidel
The Oakwood Register


Reviews...
BRIGADOON

Dayton native Heather Olt played saucy Meg Brockie.  Olt handled the tough story songs with great skill.  I’ve seen this musical twice before and must admit I’ve never gotten all the jokes in the songs like I did when Olt sang them.

-Mark Kellam                                                                                  
Kettering-Oakwood Times
THE WORLD OF JOHN WALLOWITCH 

Heather Olt soon had me doubling over with laughter with her rendition of “Dutch Ecology.”  The song itself is extremely sexually suggestive, tap-dancing along the line dividing naughty and dirty without ever crossing over.  Yet Olt performed with such a straight-faced naivete that she nearly convinced me that the song’s true meaning really did go over her head.  I found myself applauding halfway through the first verse.
-Papp
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Weikel, Locke and Olt are very fine singers who all use both jazz and pop stylings to highly expressive effect...this is a sweet-tart little slice of cabaret nirvana.
                                 
-Warman
HX Magazine

THE MAX FACTOR FACTOR
“Saving the best scene-stealer of the cast for last--the formidable Heather Olt as the Hollywood censor madam Cordelia Goodwife. Olt's pitch-perfect double takes and self-congratulatory posturing really get a showcase in the second act opener "The Brightest Star."...Olt's line deliveries and physical traits should guarantee she nails any casting calls for "an Eileen Brannan type.”  Read FULL REVIEW HERE
Gil Kaan 
BroadwayWorld.com 

“...the strongest and most amusing character turns out to be Olt’s drolly venomous turn as the bigoted morality queen:  She’s a pleasure to watch and she has one fantasy musical production number in which she “re-designs” Hollywood to fit her blinkered dreams that is genuinely funny.”
-Paul Birchall
Theatre Los Angeles  


“The divine Olt makes Cordelia a veritable force of nature.”
-Steven Stanley
Stage Scene LA


“Heather Olt is brilliant in her portrayal of Cordelia Goodwife; who passionately believes and thoroughly enjoys bullying people with her absurd censorship crusade with the Legion of Rectitude. Olt’s hilarious song and dance that opens the second act is a spirited and rewarding walk on the wild side of a woman in need of an unquestionable kiss.”
-Angie Comer
Splash Magazine
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