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"Theatre 20's revival of Company, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 musical about modern marriage, easily justifies its existence in four minutes flat.
Those are the sharp 240 seconds or so that Louise Pitre's Joanne takes to sing her perfect, pitiless rendition of Ladies Who Lunch - the show's famous skewering of rich and unemployed women 'off to a gym, then to a fitting, claiming they're fat; and looking grim, 'cause they've been sitting, choosing a hat.'
Without ever leaving her seat or putting down her vodka stinger, Pitre mixes together the right parts sour and sass, acid and anger in this toxic cocktail of a tune as the thrice-married Joanne gradually realizes she is describing herself."
— Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail

“Louise Pitre is sensational ...She just doesn’t just sell a song, she lives it.”
Paula Citron, Globe & Mail

“Full-throated emotion and cut-to-the-chase honesty are her trademarks, enhanced by a fine sense of theatricality.... She explores every aspect of heartbreak, from despair to defiance, in her own unique style.”
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

“... award-winning star of ‘Mamma Mia!’ stepped onto the stage [and] gave a knockout 90-minute demonstration of what star power is all about...she sang number after number in that take-no prisoners style she’s made famous. Each song she performs is a three-act play, filled to the brim with passion and emotion, but somehow, magically, never tipping over the edge into bathos or sentimentality. That’s the true test of Pitre’s artistry a lot of singers know how to go for it; Pitre also knows when to stop. But it was the heartbreak that won out every time, especially when she switched into French. Jacques Brel’s ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ blazed with desperation, Edith Piaf’s ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ had the tang of true defiance and Pitre’s own French lyrics to ‘The Winner Takes It All’ conveyed a wounded nobility that conquered us all.”
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

"...and what must be done about Louise Pitre? She must be declared a National Treasure. Without delay."
— Janice Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen

"A show that everyone should see...really brings you into the life of Edith Piaf. Louise Pitre is the ultimate reason to see this show...her singing will tear your heart out. Louise Pitre is astounding."
— CBC Radio "Metro Morning"

 

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REVIEW: THIS RIVER A JOURNEY OF LOVE AND LIFE'S ILLUSIONS | The London Free Press
  • "Pitre comes as billed. The woman could mine a range of emotion from a blank slip of paper and perform it like it was the last song she’ll ever sing. Her take on A Case Of You will bring some in the audience to tears. Pitre is always in the moment, clearly embracing and interpreting Mitchell’s lyrics."

  • October 22, 2016  |  London Free Press
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REVIEW: THE LITTLE PRINCE EXTRAVAGANTLY OTHERWORLDLY | Calgary Herald
  • "Every time Pitre’s snake slithers into a scene she dwarfs every thing and everyone around her because it is one of those consummate musical theatre performances. She has the voice, the statue and the confidence a stage villain needs."
  • January 23, 2016  |  Calgary Herald
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GYPSY COMES UP A WINNER AT CHICAGO-SHAKESPEARE | Chicago Sun-Times
  • Superb cast propels dazzling musical  |  Chicago Sun-Times · 15 Feb 2014 · HEDY WEISS

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CONCERT REVIEW: MASTERY OF MATERIAL POWERS PITRE AT POPS CONCERT | The Chronicle Herald
  • Louise Pitre is both singer and actress, as well as a professional entertainer to her fingertips.

    She took command of the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium stage Friday night, as Symphony Nova Scotia’s Pops Concert star of the evening, in a program of showbiz classics that ranged from Charlie Chaplin’s Smile to ABBA’s Mamma Mia!

    April 6, 2014  |  The Chronicle Herald

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ON THE ROCKS: REVIEW | Toronto Star
  • Autobiographical musical filled with new works she co-wrote with her husband
  • The Toronto Star  |  Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, Published on Thu Sep 26 2013

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LOUISE PITRE OPENS A NEW WINDOW IN 'MAME' AT GOODSPEED - Hartford Courant
  • "It's the most difficult role to cast," says the musical's composer Jerry Herman during a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. "It's much more difficult than Dolly [in 'Hello, Dolly!'] to cast. Mame is tricky because for me she has to have, first and foremost, innate elegance. She also has to have charisma and charm and you have to immediately like this lady. You can't hide that with acting.
    "Second, she really has to sing because there are a lot of songs she sings that should give you [goose bumps]. Lastly, she has to have a special sense of humor. Humor is so important. Having all of these qualities is quite a lot to ask of any one woman."
  • May 6, 2012  |  Hartford Courant
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ARTS | CONNECTICUT; THE IRREPRESSIBLE AUNTIE | New York Times
  • Louise Pitre knows how to punch home a song. Starring as the irrepressible title character in ''Mame'' at the Goodspeed Opera House, she lends a fierce energy to the snazzy choreography by Vince Pesce and the efficient book scenes of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. But it's not until everyone else departs and she's left alone on James Youmans's stylish set to sing the show's rueful, climactic Jerry Herman ballad, ''If He Walked Into My Life,'' that this production comes fully into its own.
  • June 10, 2012  |  New York Times
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MAME Review | In The Spotlight
  • Heading a matchless cast is Louise Pitre, in the title role, and she is incredible. From her entrance and that first blast on the trumpet, Pitre delivers every favorite number and every measure of humor and tenderness called for. She is sensational.
  • May 13, 2012  |  In The Spotlight Inc.
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STAR POWER: LOUISE PITRE LIGHTS UP GOODSPEED'S "MAME" | The Day Arts, CT
  • Those lyrics are tough descriptions for an actress to live up to. Mame has to be extraordinary in "Mame," and the performer who plays the title character can either make or break the whole enterprise. The happy news for Goodspeed Musicals' productions is it stars a firecracker named Louise Pitre.
  • May 15, 2012  |  The Day - Arts, New London, CT
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IT'S TIME FOR PITRE TO TAKE ON GYPSY | Toronto Star
  • The singer and actor, with her soaring voice, would be perfect for the Broadway show to finally be staged in Toronto
    The Toronto Star  |  May 13, 2011

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YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD IS A CHARMING TRIBUTE TO FRIENDSHIP | The Globe and Mail
  • If the great chanteuse Louise Pitre does not get nominated for a Dora Award for her performance, there is no justice. Her Toad is enchanting. With a skip and a hop, she conjures up the worrywart Toad, be he wistful or excited. She absolutely captures Toad's obsessive if endearing personality, particularly his constant emotional roller coaster which swings from enthusiasm to despair in seconds.
  • The Globe and Mail | November 18, 2010
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LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE: Awesome women, funny stories | Toronto Star
  • Love, Loss and What I Wore is a show that wears well and leaves a pleasant glow.
  • Her tale is a charming one, just tart enough to be different, but sweet enough to be familiar, and Louise Pitre is the one who delivers it on and off during the evening, with her familiar knowing smile and instant ability to access emotion making her the perfect narrator.
  • Toronto Star  |  July 21, 2010
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TOXIC AVENGER RELEASE | Dancap Productions
  • LOUISE PITRE to Star in the Canadian Premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER Presented by Dancap Productions Inc.
    August 6, 2009

    Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
    Music & Lyrics by David Bryan
    Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s “The Toxic Avenger” OPENING NIGHT HALLOWEEN 2009
    The Music Hall, Toronto

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KRISTINA CASTING ANNOUNCEMENTS | Playbill
  • Pitre, Odekirk, Altay, Mastrone, McLeod Will Join Sjöholm and Watson in Kristina Concerts

  • Playbill  |  August 18, 2009
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BRINGING KRISTINA TO THE STATES | Playbill
  • The Americanization of Kristina, the smash Swedish musical by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, officially debuts Sept. 23 and 24 in concert form at Carnegie Hall

  • 22 September 2009  |  Playbill
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LA VIE EN ROSE RELEASE | Concert Announcement
  • Announcing a new concert "La vie en Rose" sung primarily in French
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SAVOY CABARET REVIEW | Toronto Star
  • Pitre gives powerhouse performance; Star of Mamma Mia! brings big passion to tiny Savoy stage

  • June 30, 2007  |  Toronto Star
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