CATS (First National Tour)

“Fat cat Jennanydots (Emily Jeanne Phillips) energetically taps her way through the “Old Gumbie Cat”

-Ellen Dostal, Broadwayworld (click here for full article)

“There's also plenty of lovely dance pieces in the show. You have to appreciate the Mister Mistoffelees number and the dance prowess of Tion Gaston. Or the tap skills of Emily Jeanne Phillips as Jennyanydots”

-Jay Irwin, Broadwayworld (click here for full article)

“Other dance forms slide in and out of the show, capricious as roaming cats. Emily Jeanne Phillips tap dances with gusto as she plays Jennyanydots (“Old Gumby Cat”)

-Hugh Hunter, The Philadelphia Inquirer (click here for full article)

RENT (Harbor Lights Theater Company)

"Phillips and Artz show endearing chemistry and a sweet tenderness in "Light My Candle"

-Pete Hempstead, TheaterMania (click here for full article)


"Emily Jeanne Phillips dances up a storm as Mimi."

"Out Tonight and Another Day stand out as inspiring material strongly and colorfully performed. Without You touches deeply"

-Jon Sobel, Blogcritics (click here for full article)

 THE PRODUCERS  (The Fulton Theatre)

"There is simply nothing funnier than this team."

-Marakay Rogers, Broadway World (click here for full article)

 WEST SIDE STORY   (Harbor Lights Theater Company)

"Harbor Lights' production of this beautiful and tragic tale contains some of the most extraordinary dancing you're likely to see anywhere. On a modest-size stage, this troupe of young dancers crackles in Felicity Stiverson's faithful re-creations of Jerome Robbins' electrifying choreography."

-Pete Hempstead, Theater Mania (click here for full article)

 A CHORUS LINE  (Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater)

"Emily Phillips was entrancing as Cassie when she demonstrated her considerable dancing prowess in "The Music and the Mirror."

-Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call (click here for full article)

"A Chorus Line" builds upon the "Montage" numbers to four astounding production numbers: "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three," by Val (Montgomery-Duban); "The Music And The Mirror," by Cassie (a superb Emily Phillips); "One," by the Company; and "What I Did For Love," by Diana (Angela DeAngelo, in terrific voice) and Company."

-Paul Willistein, Parkland Press (click here for full article)

 THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD  (Muhlenberg College)

"Emily Philips as Helena Landless did a superb job of never breaking character with both her voice and her body movements."

-Nancy Mikkelson, Lehigh Valley Stage (click here for full article)

"And the acting is big, from the pregnant pause moments when the lights flash and the entire cast stops and looks out meaningfully at the audience all at the same time, to the antic of Emily Phillips and Alan Mendez as deliciously over-the-top sister and brother Helena and Neville Landless."

-Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call (click here for full article)

 HAIRSPRAY  (Plays in the Park)

"And make no mistake about it: this “Hairspray” does rock. Among the standouts are Emily Jeanne Phillips as the puppyish wallflower Penny who transforms into a rock ’n’ roll queen."

-C.W. Walker, NJ Press Media (click here for full article)

 GREASE  (Plays in the Park)

The supporting cast gives their all and then some. On the distaff side, regular PIP audiences will remember Emily Jeanne Phillips (Pink Lady leader, Rizzo) and Melanie Porras (dessert-loving Jan) from last summer’s “Hairspray.”

-C.W. Walker, NJ Press Media (click here for full article)


"Leonhardt's jazz group - comprised of a bass player, drummer, female vocalist and saxophone player - is accompanied on stage by the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers. The troupe is led by his wife, Shelley Oliver, who choreographs the high-speed, synchronized moves the dancers perform. The band and dancers interact a lot on stage. "We treat them as if they were members of the band," Leonhardt said."

-Cecilia Baress, (click here for full article)