“ …Curto offered her own savvy, brainy, shrewdly delivered approach to this music” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“This show marks a high point in Curto’s cabaret career, as well as an illuminating way to celebrate the riches of Sondheim’s art.” –Howard Reich Chicago Tribune

“Here was Sondheim singing in which every turn of phrase and interpretive choice had been carefully thought out, as if performed by a formidable stage actor.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“An artist with clout” –Huffington Post

“Sounding better than she ever has (which has never been less than superb) and ensconced in an expertly designed format and selection of songs, Joan Curto delivered an evening of unbridled joy mixed with passionate expressions from the heart.” –Jeff Rossen, Cabaret Scenes

“One can expect fine work from Joan Curto these days, but in Shaking the Blues Away, Curto flexes her cabaret muscles in new ways and it pays off.” –Carla Gordon, Cabaret Scenes


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Chicago After Dark Winner for Outstanding Cabaret Artist for 2003