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Steve Blanchard as Miles Gloriosus

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

1987 (opposite Mickey Rooney)

Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, CA

"A funny thing happened at the Pantages Theatre Tuesday night.  An understudy walked on nearly halfway through opening night of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and virtually stole the show."

"The production’s temporary savior was Steve Blanchard.  Blanchard, new to the role, was fresh, funny and in good singing voice.  The others, who have been touring for some time, were largely lame, tired and boring."

"Rooney says he’s discovered many performers during his lifetime.  “I found Sammy David Jr., Red Skelton and Touch Connors (Mike Connors).  I found Ann Jillian.  I found a new star in our show right now.  His name is Steve Blanchard.  He’s 6' 3", 185 pounds, blond and sings like a bird.  I’m putting him with my agency."
- Tom Jacobs, Daily News

"Michael Dantuono usually plays the braggart warrior, Miles Gloriosus, but understudy Steve Blanchard stepped in on opening night.  As you will recall, Miles Gloriosus takes large steps.  Blanchard was up to them.  He even managed to take the focus away from Rooney.  One trusts he won’t be whipped."
- Dan Sullivan, Los Angeles Times

"There are some good moments – most notably when a last-minute replacement, Steve Blanchard, comes in as the hilarious 'stud' Captain Milos Gloriosus.  He is a scene stealer."
- Variety

Steve Blanchard in "A Funny Thing Happened..."

 

"There are some nice bits in the show, and on opening night, an understudy gave the best performance on stage.  Steve Blanchard is an imposing blond with a flair for comedy and a voice like Robert Goulet (this could be the start of something big)."
- Michael Lassell, Los Angeles Herals Examiner

"Steve Blanchard estimably performed on opening night as gorgeous Gloriosus, subbing for Michael Dantuono.  Such a splendiferous spectacular sight he makes in his glittering armor!  A veritable Mr. Wonderstuff!"
- Drama-Logue

West Side Story

1988

Steve Blanchard (left) pictured with fellow Jet, Brian Henry (right)

Steve Blanchard and Brian Henry in West Side Story

Steve Blanchard in "Chess"

Chess

1992

Theatre Under the Stars, Houston, TX

"To be sure, there are some excellent scenes.  Steve Blanchard, as the spoiled American chess champ Freddie Trumper, is a real cad.  But we see what causes his demeaning behavior and spoiled brat antics during a scene in Act II, 'Pity the Child.'  Blanchard’s range of emotion, his intensity, his anger are a turning point in the audience’s perception of him.  And it is probably the high point, emotionally, of the show, the only scene where one of the actors adequately develops their character for the audience to enjoy."
- The Newspaper

Listen to Steve sing "Pity the Child" from Chess on his debut solo CD, "Northbound Train."

 

"Though Freddie is an unlikable character, Steve Blanchard projects both a powerful voice and a commanding stage presence."
- Houston Chronicle

"Steve Blanchard was a powerhouse as the repellent Freddie, singing with clarion abandon and acting with athletic vigor."
- Houston Post

 

Chess

1992

Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

"Blanchard's performance throughout is dynamic in terms of both acting and singing.  He makes the character easy to hate."
- Star-Gazette

Steve Blanchard and Keith Rice in Chess

"Steve Blanchard makes a stylish effort"
- New York Times

"Strong and suitably steely in the vocal department is the Freddie of Steve Blanchard. He is powerfully built and has a voice to knock down walls"
- Bergen News

"Steve Blanchard is a knock 'em dead performer with a swaggers and attitude befitting his obnoxious, self-involved Freddie"
- Villadom Times


Steve Blanchard as Jordan Marsh in 42nd Stree
photo by Brett Coomer : Chronicle


42nd Street

2009

Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston, TX

"As Julian Marsh, the down-but-not-out director striving to mount his lavish comeback show at the height of the Depression, Steve Blanchard is about ideal. The character is the show's rock, the one consistently serious note amid the surrounding sea of jokey frivolity. Relentless and authoritative, Blanchard exudes conviction. He sings only twice in the show, but they are crucial moments, leading Lullaby of Broadway and his closing solo reprise of the title song. He knocks both out of the park (and since we're actually in a park for this outing, I can say that literally.) His voice is powerful and persuasive, his styling just right. He makes a stronger 
impression than anyone I've seen in the role since Jerry Orbach in the 1980 original." 
- Houston Chronicle

 
"Steve Blanchard adds a suave polish to his portrayal as the tough and sexy director Julian Marsh, totally rocking the house in his rendition of the triple Oscar-winning song, "Lullaby of Broadway"." 
- Houston ArtsWeek

The Sound of Music

2010

Casa Mañana, Fort Worth, TX

As the captain, Steve Blanchard sings like a dream and charms, even through his character's sergeantlike demeanor. Like Frau Schraeder, that's a role too often played at a distance.
- Star-Telegram


Steve Blanchard as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music



Steve Blanchard as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music

Photo by Glen Ellman







 

Photo by Glen Ellman



Steve (as Captain Smollet), Noah E. Galvin (as Jim Hawkins), 
Rocco Sisto (as Dr. Livesey) and Kenneth Tigar (as Squire Trelawney)
 
Steve as Captain Smollet in Treasure Island
Photo by Ken Howard
 

 

The cast of Treasure Island
 
Cast of Treasure Island
Photo by Ken Howard




Steve (as Captain Smollet) and Tom Hewitt (as Long John Silver)

Steve as Captain Smollet in Treasure Island
Photo by Ken Howard


Treasure Island

2011

Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY

"Other standouts among the cast are Steve Blanchard as a principled captain straight off the cover of a romance novel"
- Theatermania





Steve (as Captain Smollet), Rocco Sisto (as Dr. Livesey) 
and Kenneth Tigar (as Squire Trelawney)
 
Steve as Captain Smollet in Treasure Island
Photo by Ken Howard




 

 

Steve (as Captain Smollet) and Tom Hewitt (as Long John Silver)

Steve as Captain Smollet in Treasure Island
Photo by Ken Howard


 

 

 
 

Call Me Madam

2012

Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, OK

Steve played Cosmo Constantine in the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma production of Call Me Madam.  

 


Steve (as Cosmo Constantine) and Beth Leavel (as Mrs. Sally Adams)
 

Steve Blanchard as Cosmo Constantine in Call Me Madam  




Steve (as Cosmo Constantine) 
and Beth Leavel (as Mrs. Sally Adams)
 

Steve Blanchard as Cosmo Constantine in Call Me Madam

 








   

 
Steve Blanchard (as Kerchak) with Felicia Boswell (as Kala) and the cast of Tarzan.



Steve Blanchard as Kerchak




Steve Blanchard (as Kerchak) with Felicia Boswell (as Kala)

Tarzan

2013

Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, OK

Steve played Kerchak in the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma production of Tarzan.  

Tarzan Photos by Keith Rinearson.

 








Steve Blanchard as Kerchak




Steve Blanchard (as Kerchak) and Felicia Boswell (as Kala)

 

 





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