"A true embodiment of the spirit of the American Musical Theatre genre.
Brooks is an inspiration and a reminder of "why we (theater folk) do what we do!”
Into The Woods at Broadway By The Bay
November 10th, 2019
"The Witch is one of my favorite characters ever written for Broadway. She's so epic -- I hoped the actor playing her tonight is also epic."
I was not disappointed. Jen Brooks brought the trifecta -- great acting, adding just the right amount of zany, quirky, over-the-top, without spilling into camp. Great comedy. Smooth vocals with incredible breath support (her song in the prologue is extremely wordy -- who knew a song about gardening could be so clever and engaging?). How do you get a witch who is terrifying, uncomfortable, lovable, and silly all at the same time? Cast Jen Brooks! - TheHappyTalent.com
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Now through November 24th.
"MAMMA MIA!" Dazzles Crowd
May 8th, 2019
"Jen Brooks graced the stage as Donna and stole each scene she was in. Her stage presence was strong, and her vocals were powerful."
- Kira Reklei | The Scoop | Guam Daily Post
The Drowsy Chaperone
November 13th, 2018
"Jen Brooks is all Theda Bara vampery in the title role!"
The Drowsy Chaperone, which has just opened a four weeks’ run at The Western Stage in Salinas, doesn’t just imitate a 1928 fun and flappers musical. It serves it up garnished with wry and informed comments on the razzle-dazzle period quirks and clichés in what’s happening on stage while it’s up there happening. -Philip Pearce | Performing Arts Monterey Bay
Singin’ In The Rain
November 8th, 2017
"Brooks has a ball in the standout role of Lina!"
"Singin' in the Rain" offers a light-hearted satirical look at a key time in the motion-picture industry: the shift from silent films to "talkies.” In 1927, Don Lockwood (played by Ryan Blanning), is a debonair screen star with vaudeville song-and-dance-man roots. His on-screen partner and paramour is the glamorous Lina Lamont (Jen Brooks), a vain and conniving vamp whom he loathes in real life.- Karla Kane | Palo Alto Weekly
Nice Work If You Can Get It
November 14th, 2016
"Jen Brooks [as Billie] sings wonderfully and doesn’t miss a beat in the plot which, true to a longstanding musical theater tradition, requires her to masquerade as a lot of other people, from a reluctant honeymooning bride to a food-wielding cockney housemaid.
It’s a show that turns the clock back to those dear dead days before the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution when the book of a musical hit was still just a flimsy arrangement of chorus girl and top-banana gag situations strung between vocal numbers. A savvy 21st century writer named Joe DiPietro has mined who knows how many clunky old character types and plot situations and cobbled them together skillfully enough to earn a 2012 Tony nomination for this nice piece of Prohibition-era pastiche.”- Philip Pearce | Performing Arts Monterey Bay