PAST PROJECTS & REVIEWS


Neurosis 
Off-Broadway!

Danny Gardner has landed a sweet new off-Broadway gig. The Broadway hoofer (Dames at Sea) has been announced to revisit his acclaimed out-of-town turn as Frank in the cheered musical Neurosis, this time off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre. Gardner, who originated the role in the 2013 debut production at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, will lead the off-Broadway company beginning on September 26. 

Neurosis runs until Oct. 7th Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre right off of Union Square. 

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"Perfect Picture - The Norman Rockwell Musical

Danny had the honor of originating the role of Norman Rockwell in Randy Skinner’s new musical “Perfect Picture”.  This biographical musical tells the story of Norman Rockwell’s life leading up to his greatest work, “The Four Freedoms”. 

It premiered at The Southern Vermont Performing Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont. July 20th and 21st, 2018. 

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"Singin’ in the Rain


Danny will be returning to the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island to star as Don Lockwood in "Singin’ in the Rain”. 

The show runs May 17th - July 1st.  Directed and Choreographed by Drew Humphrey.  



"Danny Gardner portrays the charasmatic Don Lockwood and is unforgettable and alluring in the role, embodying Gene Kelly, who played the character on film.  Gardner’s solo performance of the title number “Singin’ in the Rain” dazzles as he passionatley taps across the stage, making a splash in the process, while showing of his huge grin.”
- Long-Islander News 

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"Danny Gardner, who plays Don Lockwood, brings all the magic of Gene Kelly’s iconic scene with his mile-long grin, infatuated attitude and love-struck dance moves.”  
- TBR Newsmedia

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Lyrics and Lyricists “Irving Berlin: American"

Danny had the pleasure of joining the 92nd Street Y for his second “Lyrics and Lyricists” presentation.  Celebrating the work of Irving Berlin, the evening asked how this genius’ work stands up to the scrutinity of changing times.  


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"Crazy For You”
at the Signature Theatre

  Danny is currently starring in the Signature Threatre’s production of  Crazy For You.  

Choreography by Tony nominated Denis Jones

Direction by Matthew Gardiner



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"Between the Lines”
at Kansas City Rep


Based off of a novel by Jodi Piccoult & 
Samantha Van Leer 

 Direction by Jeff Calhoun
 Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Music & Lyrics by Elyssa Samsel & Kate AndersonProduced by Daryl Roth

Danny is  originating the role of “Frump” in the new musical Between the Lines.  

The Kansas City Star
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Standout performances include... Danny Gardner as the man/dog Frump, who steals a big chunk of Act II with a tap dance seduction of a princess in the number “Out of Character.”

Broadway World
"Danny Gardner's half dog Frump and his "Out of Character" song and dance routine are true show stoppers..." 

KC Studio
"Another New York actor, Danny Gardner, threatens to steal a number of scenes as Frump, a storybook character who through wizardry has been remade as half-man half-dog. Gardner contributes spot-on comic timing in a performance that shimmers with commitment and confidence. In Act 2, he wows the audience with a tap routine that is one of the highlights of the evening.”

KC Applauds
"And when it comes to “man’s best friend”–even in a fairy tale–Danny Gardner epitomized the trusty companion bewitched into a dog by an evil curse. Gardner’s character breaks into a rousingly fun number that morphs into an overwhelming tap number.”

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"Singin’ in the Rain” 
At the Marriott Theatre



Reviews  

Northwest Herald

"In Marriott’s production, casting is king.  Danny Gardner, as Lockwood, makes his Marriott debut and wins over the audience handily as a man in love.

When Lockwood uses lighting, a fan and mist to set the mood before singing, “You Were Meant for Me” to Selden (Mary Michael Patterson), Gardner shows you the charmer at his most charming.  Gardner’s tap dancing expertise is met, step for step, by Richard Riaz Yoder, as Brown."


Daily Herald

"Much of the show’s success rests on how good the actor in the “Gene Kelly” role is, and Danny Gardner plays Don with enthusiasm and considerable talent.  And his dancing, especially in the tap sequences, is superb."


Chicago Sun Times

“Gardner is a fabulous dancer and an unaffected actor-singer who demonstrates the endurance of an Olympic athlete."

 "Gardner and Patterson also team up sweetly in their romantic scenes."


The Chicago Tribune

“There’s an edge to Gardner’s Lockwood, and I liked that, too.”  


Stage and Cinema

“Considering that these live performers only get one “take,” this all-singing, all-dancing, all-acting trio is terrific - Danny Gardner suave as the fame-phobic star who likes to hoof in the rain…”

“…and splash-happy waterworks for the title song, performed by Gardner with the happiest feet in the six counties."


See more production photos on BroadwayWorld.com




Bob Rizzo’s interview about premiering at Radio City.

Bethany Rickwald's inteview about the show! 

Parallel Exit Performs with the 

Gainesville Orchestra! 


Danny will be debuting brand new works by physical comedy troupe Parallel Exit with the Gainsville Orchestra on May 6th.  Get ready for an evening of  song and dance and physical comedy!  

Mark your calendars for May 6th at 7:30 pm. at the UF Phillips Center of the Performing Arts in Gainsville, Florida. 

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"Mary Poppins" at TUTS in Houston, TX

Danny will be returning to Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, Texas for his third time to star as Bert in "Mary Poppins"!  The show runs March 8th - 20th at the Hobby Center in downtown Houston. 



 Reviews

Broadway World: "Danny Gardner is likably boyish as chimneysweep Bert…” 

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Houston Press: "Bert (high stepping Danny Gardner) is still fun and carefree…”  

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Houston Magazine: “Her castmates don’t let her down, with Danny Gardner’s version of Bert offering a dose of jovial goofiness to accompany her lead…. Choreography is both clever and surprising, and the deftness of the dancers (especially Danny Gardner and the ensemble) thrills.

Full Review



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Press for “Dames At Sea” on Broadway

Danny Joins the Big Apple Circus!


Ham for Hamilton Lottery Performance



Broadway World’s Debut of the month!

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#1 in Theatermania’s 

9 Broadway Debuts We Can’t Wait To See This Fall

Recent Lady, Be Good star Danny Gardner makes his Broadway debut in Dames at Sea.

1. Danny Gardner — Dames at Sea 
If you saw him tappin' like there's no tomorrow in this year's Encores! production ofLady, Be Good (as evidenced in the video below), you know that Danny Gardner is a triple threat to whom we should pay attention. On September 24, he'll finally get his well-earned chance in the limelight, when he brings his fancy footwork (and pristine voice) to Broadway in Dames at Sea. The applause will surely explode from the tiny Helen Hayes Theatre onto West 44th Street eight times a week.

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An interview with "The Pickwyck"!


A hilarious interview with the Podcast “So… Now What?”



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 Photos from “BC BEAT

“Trouble in Mind" Choreographed by Danny Gardner
Performed by Aleka Emerson and Danny Gardner

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Photos from “GIG with Jenna Nicholls

"Picket Fences” Choreographed by Danny Gardner

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Photos taken by Jenny Anderson


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"The Drowsy Chaperone” at the 
Cape Playhouse


Danny is excited to join the stellar cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Cape Playhouse as the Bridegroom “Robert".  Headed by the incomparable Joanne Worley, the show runs June 30th - July 11th.  


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Watch a Clip of “Cold Feets”

The Reviews Are In!

Cape Cod Times: “And Fun it is.  As the leading man Robert Martin, Danny Gardner has all the right stuff.  He sings great, dances better, and even does a number on roller skates.

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The Barnstable Patriot: “Robert and Janet (Danny Gardner and Julie Kavanagh) as the to-be-marrieds bring a ton of impressive Broadway-level bravado and talen to their numbers - hilarious parodies of the romantic muddles that invade the musical comedy genre.  Robert’s best man, George (John Scacchetti), joins him in a snappy tap routine, one of the many show stopping numbers. And Robert’s not bad on roller skates, either - and with a blindfold (don’t ask) - as he and Janet glide through “Accident Waiting to Happen.”


See full review here


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Reviews and Media from Encores! 

“Lady, Be Good" 

Broadway World Video!

New York Times by Charles Isherwood - “Danny Gardner and Patti Murin, who play them here, give perky, amiable performances that suit the show’s wisecracking tone.”

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New York Daily News - “The Action Revolves around the penniless brother and sister entertainers Dick and Susie Trevor, played by the doubly delightful Danny Gardner and Patti Murin.”  

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Vulture by Jesse Green - “We also get a chance to meet new performers, like Danny Gardner in the Fred Astaire role, who maintain a line from the past, seemingly in their bodies.  Gardner has a debonair but daredevil style, thrillingly off-center, that’s a joy to watch even when, as happened at one point, he stumbled.  He’s also got the right balance of sincerity and insincerity to make the book material work. In that sense he’s not only a find for Encores! but a lesson.”

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Theatermania by Zachary Stewart - “But the evening’s real showstopper turns out to be Gardner.  Not only is he a dead ringer for Fred Astaire, his dancing embodies Astaire’s strange mix of youthful awkwardness and casual control.  His face is an expressive as his footwork, with each extension of his limbs utterly committed.”

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Reviews of the "NY Spectacular"



Theatremania -  "Hoofer Gardner steals the show with his simple moment, a sequence without any spectacle.  He's simply a well-trained dancer doing what he's born to do.  And there's only one word to describe what it's like to watch that: spectacular.” 


NY Post - "Call it 'The Miracle on 50th Street!’ "



NY Times - "While Danny Gardner as George M. Cohan hoofs nimbly with the Rockettes in Times Square.”









Broadway World -  "The number then seques into the classic, "Give My Regards to Broadway" which gives Gardner the change to exhibit his expert tap dancing skills.  He also gives the show a shot of Broadway pizzazz ..."


Time Out NY - Four Stars! "...They're greeted with the kind of ecstatic cheers you'd expect to hear at a revival meeting."



"Dames At Sea” on Broadway

“As Dick, Mr Tedder sings with lovely tone, as does Danny Gardner as his fellow sailor, Lucky, Joan’s once and future beau.  Both are energetic dancers, too.” - NY Times

"Cary Tedder (Dick) and Danny Gardner (Lucky) are as able-bodied as one would expect tap-dancing sailors to be, trim, taut and tirelessely terrific.  Both exude charm from every pore, have great voices, and nimble style: they are perfect for this sort of material, warm and open." - British Theatre.com

“Also contributing to the high spirits are the excellent Davi and Gardner, the latter of whom has the charm of Donald O’Connor.” - Huffington Post

“The two sailors, playe by Cary Tedder and Danny Gardner, hit the sweet spot in-between - Gardner especially is a lovely stylist” - The Vulture

“His shipmate Lucky is played by Danny Gardner, who has the loose comic wackiness of the late Danny Kaye.” - Wnyc.org

“Mara davi and Danny Gardner play their pals with admirable panache (Mr. Gardner does so much dancing you might make the mistake of overlooking his voice, but he could be the next big crooner n the cabaret circuit.) - The Observer


"Everybody Gets Cake!” is a Hit!

 

Time Out New York CRITIC’S PICK! by David Cote

 "The performers are polished physical comedians and balance each other well:Gardner’s grimaces and jittery spasms brin to mind a young Jim Carrey;… Cake is a breathless pastiche of microsketches and blackout sight gags stitched together a la Monty Python’s Flying Circus or Laugh-in, with a faint Adult Swim vibe of stoner perversity.” 


 

New York Times by Neil Genzlinger

"The most satisfying vignette is a recurring bit featuring an aged man in some kind of care center who waits daily for visitors who never come. It’s genuinely touching….  The show’s biggest surprise comes at the end. Given the number of characters who flit through, it’s startling when only three men materialize to take bows.”

Reviews from 
“Bach At Leipzig
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People’s Light and Theatre Company


Jim Rutter from the Philadelphia Inquirer "At People's Light, six skilled performers turn it into a midsummer must-see. Moses differentiates each role nonmusically, making one a thief (the sly Jabari Brisport as Georg Lenck), another a philanderer (the remarkable Danny Gardner as Johann Steindorff). There's a naive dunce (Stephen Novelli as Georg Friedrich Kaufmann), a principled family man (Greg Wood, his timing never better as Johann Fasch), an overlooked and embittered also-ran (Kevin Bergen's Georg Schott), and a vicious egotist (David Ingram, marvelous in little stage time as Johann Graupner)."


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DANTE J.J. BEVILACQUA , For 21st Century Media - "Steindorff (Danny Gardner) is a sexually voracious young aristocrat from a town at a neighboring burg, whence hails the dotty older Kaufmann (Steven Novelli), yet another candidate. Guarding the door of the church from all comers is the downtrodden Schott (Kevin Bergen), the organist at one of Leipzig’s lesser churches, who hopes that his chance at the big time has arrived at last."

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 Ellen Wilson Dilks For Delco News Network  -"The two younger guest artists, Jabari Brisport and Danny Gardner really hold their own among their more seasoned peers. Each is well-suited to their roles; Brisport has an easy manner that’s just right for the con man character he’s playing. And Gardner nails the snooty rich boy perfectly—not to mention how well he executes some tricky dance moves.


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Kelli Curtin  from Theatre Sensation - "Danny Gardner plays Johann Martin Steindorff, who puts on airs and conducts himself in such a way as to appear the superior of all around him. Gardner is full of energy and his swordsmanship was a pleasure to watch.


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Reviews of "Neurosis - A New Musical"




David Wilcox from "The Citizen" - "Each of the four principles shines through this psychic rom-com. Gardner's physical gags are great, especially as he rotates atop a bar stool in a futile attempt to look inviting to the ladies."


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Barbara Adams from "The Ithaca Times"- "Gardner and Medeiros (who don’t look or dress alike, but have a similarity that allies them) are simply brilliant, separately and together. Gardner, whose dance skills are familiar to Auburn theatergoers, reveals his comic chops—going to all foolish lengths as the hapless Frank."


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Reviews of Broadway By the Year - 1972 at Town Hall



     "Fitzgerald also paired with Danny Gardner in a terrifically staged, extremely funny version of “Penniless Bums” (Sugar). Really, these two should do a show together. This is high craft. In addition to his two-hander with Christopher Fitzgerald, Danny Gardner, actor/singer/dancer/superb choreographer, performed a deft and amusing “How High Can a Little Bird Fly” (and brought down the house with Brent McBeth and Derek Roland in an inspired, propulsive tap rendition of “Dance the Dark Away” (Via Galactica, the first Broadway show to lose a million dollars).  Someone, hire this man to choreograph for Broadway!"

- Sandi Durell "Times Square Cronicle" 

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"Comedy and choreography are increasing ingredients in the series. “Penniless Bums” from “Sugar” (Bob Merrill and Jule Styne) featured sly Christopher Fitzgerald and nimble Danny Gardner cutting up, with Gardner, an excellent dancer, providing the choreography. Gardner also did the choreography for “Dance the Dark Away” (“Via Galactica”), which he performed with Brent McBeth and Derek Roland. Gardner’s own charming and amusing solo number that he choreographed was “How High Can a Little Bird Fly?” from “That’s Entertainment.”

- William Wolfe 



Reviews of "Broadway By The Year - 1937"


"In the first act Gardner choreographed and performed “Touched in the Head” from the show “Sea Legs” (Michael H. Cleary and Arthur Schwartz), a hilarious turn with Gardner bound in a straightjacket, but nevertheless energetically tap-dancing across the stage and back."          


Click Here to read the full review of Broadway By The Year - 1937 by William Wolfe.




"Tap dancing in a straight-jacket in a number from Sea Legs ( huh?) gave us a clue to what dancer Danny Gardner had in store when in Act II, he, partnered with Brent McBeth and Derek Roland, proving that six flying feet can be quicker than the eye in Doing the Reactionary" from Pins and Needles)."


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"Danny Gardner was another find, a singing, dancing wonder. He conjured Ray Bolger at his eccentric best in “Touched in the Head” (Sea Legs – Michael H. Cleary/Arthur Swanstrom) performed in a straitjacket! Gardner’s choreographic brilliance also shone in “Doing the Reactionary” (Rome), where he was joined by two other fine tapper/singers, Brent McBeth and Derek Roland. They filled the stage with their antics and brought the audience to its feet with the sheer delight they communicated."


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Reviews of "Fingers and Toes" at the Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival

Syracuse.com: "Toes (Danny Gardner) is a song-and-dance man who opens the show with a flashy, show-offy and utterly delightful bit of vaudeville tapping. In contrast to Fingers, Toes is upbeat about life, but utterly cynical about love and women."


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Ithaca Times: "As Toes, Danny Gardner (an Ithaca College alum last seen at Merry-Go-Round in Promises, Promises) absolutely radiates personality, energy and talented tapping. His muscularity is matched by his partner’s charming dexterity." 


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The Citizen: "Gardner starts the show with a dazzling tap performance at an audition, swinging and spiraling with grace and impeccable rhythm".


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Reviews of “Show Boat” at Goodspeed.

The New York Times:  “And the snappy hoofing of Jennifer Knox and Danny Gardner, as the boat’s dance team, imbues Noah Racey’s first-rate choreography with special zest.”

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Hartford Examiner: “Jennifer Knox and Danny Gardner are funny and limber as Ellie and Frank, the comedy team of the Cotton Blossom and arguably two of the most thankless roles in musical comedy, since attention and praise are traditionally focused on the other principals in the cast. But never fear: they manage to create distinctive and endearing characters, especially Gardner, who comes across as warm and caring to both his partner and to Magnolia at her low point in the second act. I also liked their segue into becoming Hollywood stars--one could still see the basics of their characters beneath their new found glitter and success.” 

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Hartford Courant Blog by Frank Rizzo: “And the actors?: The entire cast is sublime - and I mean every one --  and beautifully sung. Noah Racey's choreography is also terrific and the dancing by Knox and Gardner brings a sense of music hall fun to the show. Gardner's eccentric limber hoofing is a knock-out (and reminds me of the late, great Tony Azito).”

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Theatermania: “Also notable is the work -- which they make look like play -- of Jennifer Knox as the sassy soubrette Ellie May and Danny Gardner as her avid, angular suitor, Frank Schultz. When the Trocadero nightclub scene rolls around, featuring their song-and-dance number ("Goodbye My Lady Love") -- crisply choreographed by Noah Racey -- you'll be awfully glad that Mr. and Mrs. Schultz managed, despite some initial antagonism, to get hitched.”


Broadway World: “Danny Gardner; fast-footed tapper and the show boat's resident stage villain Frank is a goofy delight.”

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Hartford Cruise Examiner: “In this show it can truly be said that the entire cast is perfection…not only in song, dance and acting, but in star-quality stage presence. There is not one sour note anywhere in the production....  Danny Gardner as Frank helps to keep the perfect pacing of the show with his taps and shuffles in the great tradition of a Ray Bolger...”

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Reviews of Room 17B

The New York Times: “It also contains Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, and Brent McBeth, who call their troupe Parallel Exit and have a knack for conjuring Charlie Chaplin and then giving him a demented twist.”

“The whole thing is so charming and mindlessly amusing that it may not be immediately apparent just how much skill is on display. The art here (under Mark Lonergan’s direction) is in leading the audience along at a well-calculated pace. If the theatergoers figure out what’s going on in any given skit too quickly, the surprise is blown; if they don’t figure it out at all, same result. But lead them gradually toward an unexpected punch line: perfect.”

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The New York Post: “Under Mark Lonergan's direction, the actors all prove to be masters of slapstick. Gardner and McBeth -- looking deceptively wholesome -- are often paired in tense mock rivalries, while Jeske displays the most range.”


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Backstage: “...two supremely adept and appealing young performers, Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth.”


“...if it can make you giggle and guffaw continuously for 65 minutes at unpredictably strange antics that feel somehow relevant to your everyday life, then it is an undeniably worthy affair. And that's exactly what the ace physical-comedy troupe Parallel Exit's "Room 17B" does and is.


“A hilarious hour of silent clowning, mime, audience-involving comic business, and satiric choreography, the show is less narrative-oriented than the company's previous productions, yet just as smartly conceived and expertly rendered.”

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Theatermania: “ ... Gardner (the other co-choreographer) represents the young everyman and does so with charm, humor, and style.”


“A highly accomplished cast of four actors, all of whom have had a hand in one aspect or another of the show's creation, put on a delightful series of skits, blackouts, gags, and pranks in a charming 65 minutes of pure fun.”

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That Sounds Cool: “As for the two remaining cast members, Brent McBeth is an impish, rubbery little fellow, and he's well-matched by the tall and explosive Danny Gardner, whose slow-motion meltdown as an ice-cream-truck driver who can't stand the sound of his own jingle is a highlight of the evening.”

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Show Business Weekly: “Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth act out ridiculous rivalries with quirky synchronicity, and more than once, Gardner gets the audience roaring with his facial expressions alone.”

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Reviews of Danny as Chuck Baxter in 

“Promises, Promises”

Tom Woods on CNY theatre news: “All those things still apply, but now I’m a Danny Gardner fan, too.  Big Danny Gardner fan. Liked him immensely in Drowsy Chaperone and absolutely love him in Promises, Promises.  His vocal work is terrific and he moves beautifully and he shows real acting chops, he carries the show, seemingly without effort. While there is lot to like in this production, and not much to dislike, Gardner consistently delivers a high-energy, vibrant and convincing performance that lights up the stage."

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Ithaca Times: "Lithe and lean Danny Gardner (an Ithaca College alum) has all the right moves as Chuck - polite, eager to please, romantically innocent. He negotiates beautifully the self-doubting young man's optimism and disappointment, his inexperience and yet competence when it's most needed. His energy sets the mark for the rest of cast"

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Syracuse.com"Gardner, very much a David Hyde Pierce-type ( the brother in TV’s “Fraser”) is lithe and light in the movement department, and sports a perfect voice and attitude for the character."

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Syracuse New Times: “"We see all the action through Chuck Baxter’s eyes, which means that actor Danny Gardner does most of the heavy lifting in the first act, with four solos and two duets. Gardner banishes any thought of Jack Lemmon in this role; instead a kind of wistful loser who fantasizes about what he can’t get, he often imagines flattering and submissive responses from his dream girl, Fran Kubelik (Stacie Bono), a Simon device not found in the film. Gardner’s Baxter is more of an anti-hero, winning our empathy although he is neither admirable nor strong. His delivery of the difficult title song, “Promises, Promises,” is winning in another way. The fuller meaning of Hal David’s lyrics comes in the play’s dialogue."

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Syracuse.com Pick of the Weekend: “Make that two picks this weekend.

The first goes to Lise Lindstrom, singing to the rafters of Cooperstown’s Alice Busch Theater the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca.” The second goes to Danny Gardner as the mousy, corporate climber in “Promises, Promises.”   Lindstrom delivers the top female musical performance, while Gardner wins on the male side for his Chuck Baxter in Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse production.”