I'm Still Here
Reviews from 54 Below:
"Jana Robbins shines as a performer. She sang “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” (Sunset Boulevard) saying that her 54 Below experience was exactly a mirror of this song for her. Her performance was multi-faceted and riveting."
"Looking impossibly youthful, given that statistic, with her forceful vocal style intact and a palpable enthusiasm for being onstage that proved to be highly contagious among this audience"
Reviews from Don't Tell Mama:
"She is a complete performer with top skills"
New York Cabaret Today
"Jana Robbins is still here and is a force to be reckoned with....a performance not to be missed!"
Times Square Chronicles
Westmont Hilltop grad Jana Robbins hit it big on Broadway
"From age 4, Jana Robbins was chasing a dream. Now that the Johnstown native has, so far, accomplished a 48-year career as a Broadway actress, producer and director – beginning with her first Broadway performance in 1968 – she’s still in pursuit."
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at The Alliance Theatre
"Entertaining, witty, and lead full force and with great finesse by actor Jana Robbins, a phenomenal artist: This play is a winner. Jana Robbins herself, I might add, has one more fan. She carried the stage, the audience, and all the characters in between"
Managing Maxine Receives Three DayTony Award Nominations!
- BEST PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
- BEST NEW WORK
- BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
The As If Body Loop
at Louisville Humana Festival
"Loop starred the engaging Marc Grapey as the eldest of three grown children of a woman called Attic Lady, played to a fare-thee-well by Jana Robbins"
- Back Stage New York, NY
Awake and Sing
at Arena Stage
"Robbins, is a model of tension under glass as Bessie"
- Washinton Post
And Somewhere Men are Laughing
World Premiere NY Fringe Festival
"Better still is Jana Robbins, who as Pearl, Dot's meddling aunt and Danny's doting admirer, finds every laugh in a character that could too easily become a stereotypical Jewish busybody. With a core of intelligence surrounded by a thin shell of sex appeal and drenched in kindness, Robbins's Pearl is a delectable confection. "
- Matthew Murray, Talkin Broadway
A Moon to Dance By
World Premiere A Moon to Dance By Plays New Harmony Theatre July 8-24 By Kenneth Jones at Playbill.com
Tale of the Allergist's Wife
Denver Debut Brings Actress Center Stage - John Moore - Denver Post
"Eve Harrington was accused of sending out foot-runners to alert the media that she was going on for Margo Channing; Jana Robbins just uses a word processor. (So much less wear ‘n’ tear on the soles, I say.) This very talented lady tells me she’ll be going on for Michele Lee in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife tonight (Friday, February 8), twice on Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon—plus she’s braced to go on for Valerie Harper should the star not make it back to the Barrymore for Tuesday night’s performance. That’s right: Jana stands by for both, and if that’s not an indication of how gifted she is, check her out on Sunday nights at Arci’s Place (March 10-31, 8pm). Turns out she is a terrific cabaret performer, to boot. " - Charles Nelsons's Casts And Forecasts - TheaterMania.com
"Jana Robbins...is one of the most respected performers on Broadway. " - Dana Kennedy - The New York Times - June 3, 2001
"NEW YORK --I saw a standby go on for the star the other night, and feel privileged to have been there. Linda Lavin was out of THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, allowing me to see Jana Robbins play her role. Now I'll admit that if I hadn't seen Lavin play the role before, I might have felt a bit cheated--but then again, maybe not. For I've seen Robbins give some wonderful performances over the years.
I first noticed her in the 1973 GOOD NEWS revival, at its opening night in Boston, when she and the rest of the cast played the show with the confidence that they were in a smash. I'm not the only one who's speculated over the years that if that show had come into town right away -- instead of embarking on a year-long tour--it would have been a smash.
I've since seen Robbins a dozen or so times, as well as in her super cabaret act, where she talked about dreaming to play Rose in GYPSY on Broadway some day -- and eventually doing just that. Granted it was in a standby situation, when Tyne Daly couldn't go on........
So I was anticipating that Robbins would be good as Marjorie, the frazzled housewife desperate to find her identity and life. In fact she was terrific.
So substantially before Robbins had to say, "I don't need to be reminded of my own mediocrity," she had already probed that she is anything but mediocre. Should you find that she's in as you arrive at the Barrymore, I urge you to go in and take your seat."
- Peter Filichia - Theatre.com - Robbins the Standby Stands Tall
"Extremely witty play witten by Charles Bush of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom fame with a perfectly cast ensemble led by Linda Lavin, Tony Roberts and Michele Lee. Wish I could say that I found Ms. Lavin as incredible as many others have raved, but at the performance I caught, her understudy, Jana Robbins took over (Ms. Robbins was great!)." - KG - Genre magazine
"Michele Lee plays Lee (although she was replaced during a snowstorm by the elegant Jana Robbins)." - Jan Handelman - Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Michele Lee was out the day I was there, so Lee (no relation) was played with delicious assurance by Johnstown's Jana Robbins." - Christopher Rawson - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette