Photo: Helane Blumfield
With a velvety voice reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney, (with hints of Nancy Lamott) Stone’s musical phrasing is impressive and rare.
“Chiarascuro”￼ played with the light and dark qualities of life that we’ve all experienced in the last few years. How fitting that her voice, with its own “light and dark qualities” was able to illustrate this message for us aurally, as well as she did visually.
Cabaret Hotspot (July 2022)
Armed with what can only be described as a genuinely pretty voice, an intellectual intelligence, and an affable air, this singing actress dives deep into each composition
-- Stephen Mosher
Broadway World (July 2022)
With her sleek black gown, her subtle but theatrical jewelry, and her insolent humor, Stone seems to be a natural successor to Julie Wilson.
she torched the blues with such subtle power that one might expect the room to catch on fire from her icy underplaying.
Stone’s very surprising “The Ladies Who Lunch” overflowed with brilliant choices that took it far away from the Elaine Stritch/Patti LuPone mode..
a gentle and touching version of “Something Good.” The song’s title was, in effect, a major undervaluation of a show that was truly something wonderful.
-- Bart Greenberg
Cabaret Scenes (June 2022)
Her Understatement Is Overwhelming…
a lady who….has been placed at the pinnacle, as a singer's singer.
Stone's oh-so-subtle delivery, an impressive range with lovely high notes, and vibrating low notes embellished only with the feelings coming from the words, proved she has the goods in all departments as a singing actress... or an acting singer.
…stands out, in terms of expert tonality, vocal placement, and control. Stone's subtleness and her ability to float high notes into an almost whispering volume that still filled the room was reminiscent of the late, great Nancy LaMott, but with a difference... Stone's sharper, edgier sound made this writer incline toward her and the front part of our seat
In all, Deborah Stone illuminates everyone in her CHIAROSCURO and demonstrates that she is a master of the craft of performing for an audience by filling a room with her sound and emotions, without ever OVER filling or underdelivering
-- Bobby Patrick
Broadway World (June 2022)
Ms. Stone's new show HERE I AM! is a little slice of heaven dropped right in the laps of her listeners…
….The only real disbelief, though, should come on the day that Deborah Stone plays to a room that is anything but full, such is the magnitude of her gifts as a nightclub performer...
...she is a dichotomy, a contradiction, a multi-faceted, fascinating woman with life experience and many detours in the road that has led her to this time in her life; and her audience is the lucky beneficiary of the stories that go along with that journey.
Here I Am! is a triumph, not just for Deborah Stone as a performer but for the people who listen to the story and who hear it.
-- Stephen Mosher
Broadway World (Nov 2019)