SISTER ACT AT STAGES ST. LOUIS
“Dan’yelle Williamson is a house on fire as Deloris, constantly in motion and laying down a verbal barrage of humorous asides. She also delivers the goods vocally, making this mostly rhythm and blues score shine.” -BroadwayWorld.com
“Williamson anchors the show with a vibrant performance as a woman looking for … something. (Big surprise, Deloris finds it with Eddie.)” -Stltoday.com
“The sensational talents of Dan’yelle Williamson as Deloris and Corinne Melancon as Mother Superior rise above the clichéd script to make STAGES St. Louis’ season-closing production of Sister Act a divinely inspired musical comedy.” -Laduenews.com
“Williamson displays a smashingly powerful voice that resonates on big numbers such as Raise Your Voice and Sunday Morning Fever, when the quiet and off-tune choir is resurrected by Deloris’ lively personality and persuasive stage presence into a resonating sound of beauty.” -Laduenews.com
SISTER ACT AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE
“You leave the theatre still groovin’ to the beat of the final song “Raise Your Voice”, which is truly a star-studded dazzler. You’re full-on amazed at the stamina and quality of the performance from Sister Act’s leading lady, Dan’yelle Williamson.” -PlanetVero.com
SISTER ACT AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE
“And, as Deloris Van Cartier, Dan’yelle Williamson holds the audience in the palm of her hand when she belts out her musical numbers, especially “Fabulous Baby.” -Brevardculture.com
Williamson has worked hard to achieve the success she has to date. Her advice to aspiring young actors and actresses is simple: “Be resilient.”
“The performance industry is tough, you have to be able to let things go quickly. A ‘no’ does not mean you are not talented. It just means you did not necessarily fit their vision. A lot of times, creative teams think they know what they want. Keep that in mind,” explained Williamson.
Williamson returns home to the greater Brandon area when she has time. This past December, her visit home included volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.
“I feel it is important to give back. It is easy to take certain things for granted like food, clothing, and a home, but some folks do not have these ‘basic’ things. Volunteering brings me joy, and the folks receiving gifts and food were so appreciative. Seeing them happy makes me happy that I made a difference,” said Williamson.
“And Dan’yelle Williamson, as Lorrell, is no second banana, also shining brightly in the play’s second act.” -Wisconsin Gazette
“Dan’yelle Williamson is riveting as Lorrell, the other Dreamgirl, holding the audience spellbound as she reclaims her life by breaking off her relationship with the troubled Jimmy.” -Chicago Pride
“The storyline also includes Carlebach’s close relationship to Nina Simone and her influence on his ultimate transformation was nicely done. Dan’yelle Williamson, who plays the role of Nina, is a powerful addition to the cast with that incredible voice.” – Huffingtonpost.com
“However it is Dan’yelle Williamson who steals the show as the confident yet unsure Nina Simone, who through her friendship with Rav Shlomo realizes how similar she is to her friend “Shalamo,” a laugh for the audience with the mispronunciation of the star’s Hebrew name. Other musical highlights include the moving “Always With You,” a duet sung by Nelson and Williamson. The emotion they bring through their powerful voices is one of the production’s highlights.” – YuObserver.org
“Williamson takes the stage next with a coy yet joyful version of “The Lamest Place in the World” from 13. Williamson’s rich and resonant voice subtly highlights the subtext of this soft-rock jam.” -Theater Mania
“Dan’yelle Williamson stepped out of the ensemble and into the spotlight as leading lady Felicia with poise and presence and a voice that could stop you in your tracks.”
-New York Guest
“And Dan’yelle Williamson, the young adult Nala, was truly a prize worth winning for Simba, beautiful, graceful and vocally amazing. ” – DCtheatrescene”
“Shadowland,” in particular, sung by Dan’yelle Williamson as Nala, strikes haunting and epic notes as the young lioness comes to the decision to leave the pride. Williamson’s amazing voice is the most memorable among the cast, and her performance of this piece exemplifies “The Lion King’s” great achievement — a melding of actor and material to create something greater than both.” –Edmondsun.com