Reviews & Press

Shida received its world premiere production Off-Broadway in summer 2013 –
July 19 to August 28, 2013 – as an Ars Nova Summer Fling.

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“An IMPRESSIVE voice. An IMPRESSIVE performance. The work of a QUADRUPLE THREAT!”

–The New York Times 

A HEARTFELT and AFFECTING work, featuring a robust score and a fearsome suite of characters embodied by the PROTEAN, INEXHAUSTIBLE Bayardelle…a TRIUMPH.
–New York Magazine

“SHIDA is a solo TOUR-DE-FORCE!”
–The Boston Globe

“A MUST-SEE! Bayardelle absolutely amazes – a talented TRIPLE THREAT. An AMAZING show that I’m certain will leave those who see it in awe of the IMMENSE TALENT that Jeannette Bayardelle possesses as an actor, singer, and writer.”
–The Harlem Times

“Bayardelle is a RADIANT and ASSURED performer – a stage diva who can RATTLE THE RAFTERS!”

“70 MINUTES packed with hope, fear, laughter, and growth.”
–Curtain Up

“An emotionally gripping TOUR-DE-FORCE!”
–Curtain Up

“SHIDA is awesomely TRANSFORMATIVE! Jeannette Bayardelle’s fast-paced, biographical glimpse at a modern black woman’s tragedies and triumphs packs a punch. A MUST-SEE experience.”
Karu F. Daniels, Uptown Magazine

“A GENUINE TALENT for storytelling.”

“SATISFYINGLY SOULFUL melodies, delivered with a strong, Broadway-caliber voice.”

“REMARKABLE!  The one-word summary of this VIBRANT, HARROWING, and UPLIFTING show is a simple WOW.   With a shape-shifting ease  that’s almost eerie, Bayardelle is SCARILY GOOD.”
–Edge Boston

“An emotional MASTERPIECE.”
–Electric Link

“Bayardelle’s vocals SURPRISE and IMPRESS.”
–NY Daily News

“TRANSFORMATIVE. As anthemic as FOR COLORED GIRLS…SHIDA packs a punch, and Bayardelle sings her face off!  GO SEE IT!”
Karu F. Daniels

“Bayardelle is nothing short of ASTONISHING!”
–Chicago Sun-Times

“Shida, Written by and Starring Jeannette Bayardelle, Will Make Off-Broadway Debut in July” (Read More)

“Bayardelle is a powerhouse singer!”
San Francisco Chronicle

Jeannette Bayardelle’s New Musical SHIDA Coming to Ars Nova, Begin. 7/19 (Read More)

Jeannette Bayardelle has written a raw and thrilling piece of theater called SHIDA, and we were absolutely thrilled to present the first public reading at Birdland!  This one-woman tour-de-force has a soulful score that features rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music, and judging from the response of the sold-out house, is one that should be heard by theater-lovers everywhere.  Many thanks to Jeannette, musical director Clay Bogan III, and director Andy Sandberg for bringing this inspiring evening to our stage!
Jim Caruso, Broadway at Birdland


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