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James Barbour in A Tale of Two Cities Review

Dickens Behind The Bastille

By Lindsay Warner
October 10, 2008

...The only character permitted to indulge in extended musical ruminations is leading man Sydney Carton, who, in the body of James Barbour, turns each dramatic tune into a blood-pumping, chest-thumping experience, even as he sings about his ruinous life - his voice is simply that good.

Back from Broadway

Talented duo pleases audiences with Gershwin tunes

By Hap Erstein
The Palm Beach Post
January 12, 2002

[The show] has a singer worth swooning over in Barbour....

Barbour...tends toward fortissimo show-stoppers, wrapping his creamy baritone around Carousel's marathon "Soliloquy," the defiant history lesson "Molasses to Rum" from 1776 and...Man of La Mancha's "The Impossible Dream."...

Back From Broadway looks to be an audience-pleaser.

Jane Eyre

Fresh Eyre Is No Plain Jane: Bronte's atmospheric novel becomes a lovely musical

By Fintan O'Toole
The New York Daily News
December 11, 2000

...from the moment James Barbour's Rochester bursts onto the stage, the show, like the heroine, begins to blossom...Barbour has a magnetic presence and a voice that fuses raw power with rich expression.

Jane Eyre: The last of the poperettas

By Marc Miller
December 11, 2001

Barbour is a splendid Rochester, lanky and craggily handsome, with a big voice and a dynamic presence.

Upstairs, Downstairs: The score sinks the book in Broadway's Jane Eyre

By Richard Zoglin

None of this can dull a fine performance by James Barbour, a magnetic and strong-voiced Rochester.

Boys over Broadway

Flatiron Magazine

Barbour, a commanding six-foot-two-inch-tall baritone with the mane of a rock star, floods the stage with swagger and torment.

Beauty and the Beast

A genuine musical theatre star

By John Kenrick
May 21, 1999

[Andrea McArdle] had a fine match in James Barbour, whose grand baritone made the Beast's numbers breathtaking. He also struck a nice balance between the dark and light sides of the Beast, a trick other actors have not always pulled off. The result was a scary but ultimately lovable character, just as the late Howard Ashman had intended. He also has the good looks required to make the Beastís final transformation really work. Barbour is the very model of a Broadway leading man, and I hope an original role worthy of his talents comes along soon.

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