Reviews are in for GUITAR GIRLS at FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE!
“According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “There is no denying the heart, passion, fire, and musical pleasures in[...]Guitar Girls.” The Observer calls it “Magical” and “Soulful.” The Venice Gondolier Sun claims that when Cat Greenfield takes the stage to perform “Me and Bobby McGee,” “It was as though Janis Joplin had returned to sing again.”
“Greenfield made her own magic on any stringed instrument in reach. (Her picture’s probably next to the word “vivacious” in the dictionary. “ -YouObserver
“[...] So does Cat Greenfield, especially when she performs “Me and Bobby McGee.” It was as though Janis Joplin had returned to sing again but in that wonderful cabaret space.” -Venice Gondolier Sun
“This cast is very versatile, not only in their vocals, but in their guitar, banjo, fiddle, and keyboard playing. I particularly enjoyed “Coat of Many Colors” and “Jolene.” -Broadway World Review
““But these women went out and told their stories at a time when it wasn’t necessarily acceptable or appropriate to do so,” Greenfield said. “What do you do about family? I’m asked about this all the time. Would you have asked that of Elvis or Johnny Cash? They probably still ask Dolly (Parton), ‘When are you going to settle down?’ These women are so encouraging to me. Some of them decided, ‘I’m going to go home now or go have children now.’ But some of them just kept on performing because that’s what they do.” -Interview with the Herald Tribune
Cat had an amazing time performing in Woody Guthrie’s American Song at Palm Beach Dramaworks this summer! The show was so much fun, the team stellar, the audiences thrilling, and the reviews wonderful:
“Greenfield has a lovely bluegrass voice custom-made for plaintive songs.” -Palm Beach Daily News
“But it isn’t the highlight of the show.
That occurs just after intermission, when singer-actor-musicians Cat Greenfield and Julie Rowe entwine their beautiful voices to deliver Guthrie’s haunting, heartbreaking 1944 song “Ludlow Massacre.”
The women recount Guthrie’s version of the tragic true story of a 1914 Colorado coal miners’ strike. Kicked out of company housing, the men and their families created a tent city that became home to 1,200 souls. Some two dozen people perished when members of the Colorado National Guard and guards from the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company fired on the camp with a machine gun and set fire to the tents, suffocating a group of women and children who were hidden away in a pit for their safety.
That story, as delivered by Greenfield and Rowe, is chilling, unbearably brutal yet vividly evocative, showcasing Guthrie’s extraordinary gifts as a songwriting activist.” – South Florida Daily News
Cat loved being a part of such an important and timely piece of theatre, and hopes to revisit it again someday soon!
SO beyond excited to announce that in mid June, Cat will be heading down to Palm Beach Dramaworks to help bring to life the story of one of America’s most prolific and inspirational songwriters, Woody Guthrie! Her instruments are excited, too!!! This is such an important and timely show, and she is thrilled to be a part of it!
It’s been a while since an update! In that time, Cat earned her Equity card with Capital Repertory Theatre’s On-The-Go production of They Built America: Workers of the Erie Canal!
Immediately following, she headed directly to Florida to begin rehearsal as a lead singer in a rock band for Carnival Cruise Lines, where she has been singing a mixed rep of pop, rock, country, funk, soul, and even some rap covers, as well as performing in the production show America Rocks!
Cat will be returning to shore at the end of November, and is looking forward to getting back to NYC and trying her hand at auditioning at the AEA level. She is excited to see what happens next. Until then– SEA you later!
“Far and away, there were two standout performances. It was if a recording of Rue McClanahan was being played as Cat Greenfield opened her mouth. Between the spot on physicalization and flawless Blanche dialect, cadence and all, Greenfield’s performance was one for the ages. It’s something you have to see to believe.” -Theater In The Now
“In That Golden Girls Show! those hilarious broads are back, transformed into Avenue Q-like, rod Muppets (large heads, movable mouths, and only upper bodies and hands) manipulated by actors in black; puppet creator Joel Gennari does a great job directing their use. The actors, who perfectly synchronize their facial expressions and body movements with those of their avatars, and speak all their lines in character, include three women—Cat Greenfield as Blanche, Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia, Arlee Chadwick as Rose—and a man, Michael LaMasa (replacing Weston Chandler Long), as Dorothy. Bea Arthur, the original Dorothy was notably tall and mannish, so when LaMasa and his puppet enter and deliver a line in Arthur’s deadpan rasp, the laugh meter jumps. The accuracy with which the cast nails the originals’ distinctive vocal and physical mannerisms is the show’s most memorable feature.”
“And Cat Greenfield is an utter joy as Blanche, flawlessly evoking Rue McClanahan’s melodramatic musicality and Southern-fried insatiability, without losing sight of the needy, terrified woman within.” -Talkin’ Broadway
“Greenfield’s simpering Rue McClanahan is also a riot, especially after Blanche discovers her facelift has been botched. Everyone in the cast does a great job handling their puppets, displaying a specific relationship between puppet and performer that helps us accept that our protagonists are being carried around by black-clad manipulators three times their size.” -Theater Mania
It’s Opening Night!!! After two weeks of laugh-filled previews, we’re finally set to open Jonathan Rockefeller’s THAT’S GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW – A PUPPET PARODY! Off-Broadway at the DR2 theatre in Union Square! Come join us for a 90 minute romp in Miami, 1985!
Fun, yodel-filled reading on August 7th of Blair Bybee’s new musical, Cowpokes and Petticoats! Featuring the vocal stylings of myself, Bart Shatto, Kasey Yeargain and Megan Albracht. Conceived, original book, and Directed by Blair Bybee. Musical arrangements and Musically Directed by Jason Bartosic. J. Curtis Thompson on guitar and banjo, And Nathan Yates Douglass on upright Bass.
“I suppose it’s natural that the one woman in the show should steal every scene, especially if she is as talented as Catherine Greenfield. Not only does Cat play banjo, dulcimer, and mandolin, but she has the perfect voice for country singing. And her chemistry with Sean and Phillip is made more powerful by its subtlety.
Whether she is raising her voice in a spiritual like “The Far Side Banks of Jordan,” or a ballad like “All Over Again,” or joining Sean in “Ring of Fire,” Cat hits the mark every time. When she ended the comic ditty, “Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart,” by yodeling, something I’ve never cared for before, I found she could make even that truly beautiful.”
“Ring of Fire Cast Spotlight #1 – Cat Greenfield
The Medford Tribune says she “sang up a storm that would knock a possum off an Arkansas stump”, the Herald and News says she’s “the show’s ultimate performer”, and the Daily Tidings says she “showed her strength as a multi-instrumentalist with a celestial singing voice.” Don’t miss the performance everyone is raving about and get your tickets to Ring of Fire now!”
An interview with Oregon Cabaret Theatre for their 2016 production of Ring of Fire. Video taken from their facebook page. Visit their website at https://theoregoncabaret.com
A wonderful and flattering review by Jeffrey Gillespie for the Ashland Daily Tidings!
“Greenfield and Black pair well onstage, and they carry off many of the love songs of the evening with charm and style. With “Five Feet High and Rising,” as well as “Egg Suckin’ Dog,” the ensemble prove themselves capable of great comedic timing, and have a terrific grasp of the sly and homegrown humor that has long been cultivated below the Mason-Dixon Line. With “Flushed From the Bathroom Of Your Heart,” Greenfield is all tough Southern belle; a suitable segue into her onstage embodiment of June Carter Cash, Johnny’s longtime muse, and second only to God in his life.
Greenfield and Galuszka cover “If I Were a Carpenter,” which carries all of the passion of emergent love, and follow it with Carter’s own song, “Ring of Fire,” which she wrote with Merle Kilgore for Cash’s 1963 album of the same name. The company closes out a rollicking first set with “Jackson,” the country hit single about a disillusioned couple on their way to the bright lights of Jackson in an attempt to revive their love lives, independent of each other.”
“While Black, Carey and Leistner all give solid performances and deliver well for the company as a whole, the standouts of the evening were Galuszka and Greenfield — their chemistry and musical talent gave the audience moments of transcendence. Greenfield, in particular, showed her strength as a multi-instrumentalist with a celestial singing voice. Her performance alone is worth the price of admission.
As a whole, “Ring Of Fire” is a loving tribute to one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. With a tight-knit group of musicians and a responsive audience working hard to honor his legacy, Johnny Cash can continue to happily roll around heaven, all day.”
“…The show was outstanding. All the performers/musicians were top notch. Cat Greenfeild stood out and was incredible. She really brought an element of emotion to the performance that we both enjoyed thoroughly.”
Also a quick one from LEE JUILLERAT, for the Herald and News:
“And sometimes Catherine “Kit” Greenfield, the lone female, is sometimes Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash. Greenfield is the show’s ultimate performer, whether vocally soaring in “Sweet Bye and Bye,” energetically belting out “Ring of Fire” and “Jackson,” providing visual humor in “Flushed” and “While I’ve Got It On My Mind,” and variously playing an autoharp, guitar, mandolin and banjo.”