On October 9th, 2017, Natalie Ballenger took over the leading role of MARIA in the Centennial World Tour of West Side Story in Paris, France to glowing reviews and a five week sold out run!
Natalie Ballenger is thrilled to announce that she has joined the Centennial World Tour of West Side Story as Maria Alternate, Rosalia/Somewhere Solo, and DAG Shark Swing!!
"Colombo has a beautiful daughter Yvonne (performed by coloratura Natalie Ballenger, who IS beautiful, both in appearance and voice)...Our funny bone was tickled by the hijinks of hiding in cloister and monastery and by the changing of costumes between Yvonne and Dolores, which fools the near-sighted Duke. Our ears were tickled by the gorgeous singing.."
"The musical highlights -- all superbly delivered by the cast -- were many...Ballenger’s infectiously catchy “In Fair Andalusia” sung in delightful counterpoint with the monks; [and] her “Cupid and I” with its impressively vocalized cadenza..."
Natalie Ballenger excitedly has joined the International Tour of Beauty and the Beast as a Townsperson/Enchanted Object, U/S Mrs Potts & Wardrobe!!! For more information and tour dates check out the website at: http://disneysbeautyandthebeast.com/cast/natalie-ballenger/
"Aspiring actress Patsy was now a low class showgirl with a good heart, as in some vintage Warner Brothers musical... but the versatile Natalie Ballenger pulled off the concept with aplomb. "
"On the female side we had the very funny loud-mouth Patsy (soprano Natalie Ballenger)...The three women delighted us with "Why Should We Stay at Home and Sew". All the voices were good and the roles well-cast."
"Everyone is suitably chosen vocally, with the admirably clear-voiced Natalie Ballenger (Kitty) exhibiting the essential appeal that every Herbert heroine possesses."
"Natalie Ballenger was winsome singing the role of Christine (with Realbuto as Erik) in the gorgeous "Home," which boasts a truly irresistible Yeston melody."
Video of "Home," from this performance has been added to the video section!!
Natalie will appear as Principle Soloist, performing "Home" from Maury Yeston's "Phantom!"
"The one-night-only concert will take place on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, NYC. Showtime is 9:30 PM. Tickets range from $22.50-$115.00 and are currently available at www.metropolitanroom.com "
Featuring Natalie Ballenger as Kitty!
"My Fair Lady herself was played by Natalie Ballenger in the performance I saw on July 22. She excelled not only at singing, but also at acting and dancing..."
"The stars shone. Or perhaps they shined. In either case, the main characters were excellent singers, and in some cases pretty good actors. While all of them were strong, I want to make special mention of two, Natalie Ballenger and Christopher Nelson. Ballenger, as Susie Trevor, is just delightful. A veteran of the OLO, her singing is gorgeous, strong, and clear. She is also a very good actress and extremely funny in her role..."
"Ballenger deliver[s] a performances that can stand up to anything you know from old Hollywood movies set in the vaudeville world."
"Seeing “Lady, Be Good!” is a chance to imagine how the Astaires entranced audiences of the 1920s and 1930s, but it’s also risky business for the performers. Natalie Ballenger manages her duties as Susie winningly, coming across as a bundle of vivacity and spunk and suggesting the personality that made Adele such a favorite."
"Natalie Ballenger makes a self-assured Josephine, with a fluid, soaring soprano voice...and Ballenger's appeal, a combination of vocal excellence and sly humor, is evident."
"Natalie Ballenger's Eliza is a success. Physically, Ballenger never backs down and brings to Eliza a certain fragility often at odds with her noble desire to better herself while not losing herself. Her soprano is lovely and lilting and seems just as certain on the lovely “I Could Have Danced All Night” as it is in the more rollicking “The Rain in Spain” and 'Just You Wait'.”
"Anyone who can play and sing as she did, as the prima donna bomber in The Little King, so as to give me a genuine quivery lip, and then come out a few hours later, as the Belle of Malaria Centre, and do Cissie Loftus impersonations of Hattie Williams and Lillian Russell in such a way as to have the house (especially me!) in fits of laughter, is a rather special artist. Not to say the ideal leading lady for a repertory company. A leading lady who played in the chorus in Oh! Lady!! Lady!!!. That’s what this company is all about. And I love them for it."
"And Now for Something Completely Different"...An Opera News Spotlight on the Lotte Lenya Competition
"Natalie Ballenger, also twenty-four, knocks out her four numbers with alternating operatic heft and true comic daffiness...All three top prize-winners seem headed for solid musical-theater careers, and Ballenger clearly has performance-grade opera chops."