Bonnie Fraser

"Hollywood it isn't, but the simple look of the set oozes unpretentious charm. So does the 12-person cast, especially Bonnie Fraser, whose heart-shaped face and candied-apple voice make her a plausible stand-in for the young Judy Garland."

-Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

As Esther, Bonnie Fraser wisely does not attempt to compete with the ghost of Garland. Instead, she finds her own way into the character, emphasizing the girl's practical side when faced with such troubles as having no date for the Christmas ball or the dread news that the family may have to move to New York (horrors!). She also places an individual stamp on such classics as "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." 

-David Sheward, Backstage

Sweeney Todd
Gateway Playhouse

"Most moving, though, were the performances of Bonnie Fraser (Johanna), Bryan Welnicki (Tobias) and Jodi Stevens (Beggar Woman). Ms. Fraser fit the mind, body, soul, and sound of Joanna -- innocent, caged, and confused."
Estelle Hallick, 
Broadway World

"Johanna, Sweeney’s beautiful daughter and now the judge’s ward, easily falls for Anthony Hope, a handsome sailor. Bonnie Fraser and Ken Clark, who portray them, do well by the characters’ lovely songs, including “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” for Ms. Fraser and “Johanna” for Mr. Clark...A smaller scale than Broadway, but soaring voices all the same."
-Aileen Jacobson
The New York Times


Gateway Playhouse

"Christine, played by Bonnie Fraser, who looks and sounds as lovely and caring as she is supposed to be."
-Aileen Jacobson
The New York Times

"As the lovely Christine, Bonnie Fraser is the personification of ethereal innocence. I am always astounded when such powerhouse vocals come from the smallest of people, and Fraser’s voice was pure, strong and held the audience captive in her own spell."
Genevieve Horsburgh
   Dan's Hampton's

Critical Acclaim 
Westchester Broadway Theatre

"Bonnie Fraser as Magnolia Hawks is a throwback to the leading ladies of the past. She is a gifted singer with "bell-like" high notes and an ability to play the character authentically at different ages."

Kathryn Kitt, Broadway World

"The casting is near perfect with Bonnie Fraser as the young Magnolia. Fraser possesses a beautiful soprano and her Magnolia evolves over the years from a wide-eyed innocent to a mature, compassionate woman."

-Chesley Plemmons, CurtainUp

Meet Me In St. Louis

Irish Repertory Theater

"There are four terrific songs in “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and Esther (played by Judy Garland in the 1944 movie) gets three of them: “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Even without those numbers, though, Bonnie Fraser, who plays Esther in the Irish Repertory Theater’s likable new production, would be a standout. Ms. Fraser’s voice is pretty and so is she. Looking like a more delicate Ann Blyth, she would have fit right into 1950s Hollywood." 

-Anita Gates, The New York Times

"Esther, the heart of the show, is played exceedingly well by Bonnie Fraser, who has to somehow mix spirit, grace and forcefulness with wistful longing without seeming maudlin or trite. And so she does. Her beautiful rendering of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is one of the show's highlights." 
-Gregory Wilson, CurtainUp

"It's difficult to measure up to Garland, but Bonnie Fraser–who plays Esther, the eldest Smith daughter–gives it her best with an affecting reading of the song, an obvious high point of an entertaining Irish Rep production...Fraser is by far the standout."  


"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
The Irish Repertory Theater

"Bonnie Fraser played Esther, the Judy Garland role, in that production, and it’s a gift to hear her reprise “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in another radiant, glowing incarnation. Fraser discovers fresh depth and meaning in the well-traveled ballad, and she brings genuine warmth to the production." 
-Amy Krivohlavek, offoffonline

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