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Crazy Coqs in London
"The real thing:
you know it when you see it...
The way her voice, with its blues inflections, cut a swath, leaving nothing standing, tempts me to describe her with groveling hyperbole as an earthier, more acerbic 21st-century Barbra Streisand. The songs may be old, but Ms. Bufford transformed them into utterly contemporary expressions of a woman defiantly making her way without apologies."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
| Reviews for Body & Soul
"If an award for "most likely to succeed" was up for grabs among the younger generation of New York cabaret performers, Carole J. Bufford would be high on the list of contenders. A doll-faced latter-day flapper with a broad sense of humor, Ms. Bufford radiates the unflappable (excuse the pun) confidence of a woman comfortable exerting power."
-STEPHEN HOLDEN, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Makes Edith Piaf look like Blossom Dearie by comparison"
-Will Friedwald, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"I have to believe that a reviewer feels the biggest buzz when he or she has been fortunate enough to observe a young performer's ascent into stardom. That's the way I felt last Wednesday night at the Metropolitan Room as I was watching Carole J. Bufford's new show, Body & Soul."
Stephen Hanks, BroadwayWorld.com
"For her audiences, life and joy begin anew when they hear her sing"
David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited
"A thrilling revelation...spine-tingling...a must-see."
Joe Regan Jr., Times Square Chronicles
"The difference between enjoying a good nightclub singer and being completely enthralled by an exceptional cabaret artist can easily be recognized as Carole J. Bufford displays the interpretive skills, stage savvy and snazzy
audience rapport that stirs buzz and excitement..."
Michael Dale, BroadwayWorld.com
"At home on the stage, Carole Bufford is consistently graceful and often luminous. She brings glamour back to a genre in which it's sorely lacking."
Alix Cohen, WomanAroundTown.com
"Bufford is like fireworks on the fourth of July"
Paulanne Simmons, Nytheatre-wire.com
"Don't miss Bufford. She is a showstopper and a true force of nature."
Danielle Miceli, NewYorkCabaretToday.com
"Musicals used to be written for singers like Carole J. Bufford, whose rich voice and gung-ho physical presence illuminated her show...A petite dynamo, Bufford hypnotized her audience..."
Joel Benjamin, Cabaret Scenes
"The new show shows off Ms. Bufford at her emotionally draining best. Ms. Bufford, who is the winner of 2013 Nightlife award for best female vocalist, is glamorously dressed and now looks every inch the chanteuse."
Ron Forman, CorinesCorner.com
"It was an exhilarating experience, and I came away eagerly pondering just how deservedly far this very special singer will go in the wide world of show business."
William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
Carole has been named a...
2013 NIGHTLIFE AWARD WINNER
Check out this article from EDGE on Carole HERE
Recent Reviews for speak easy.
"And now there's Carole J. Bufford, a sizzling cabaret performer who in her show "Speak Easy" at the Metropolitan Room offers the fullest realization I can remember of a 1920s girl gone wild. Ms. Bufford has a bright, rangy voice and big blue eyes that emit snapping electrical charges. She can be dangerous, but she is also funny."
-Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Despite decades of repeated admonitions to the contrary, it turns out that the great Sophie Tucker was not, in fact, the last of the Red Hot Mamas. That title now can be claimed by the young Ms. Carole Bufford, who, more than any other singer of the last 90 years, digs down into the meat and the substance of the Prohibition Era."
-Will Friedwald, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Carole J. Bufford is the kind of performer who makes it worth being in this business. Her performance is unconditional, her voice glorious. "speak easy," cut and polished like a fine jewel, is the break-out piece to which future journalists will refer back as her career, with any sort of justice, assumes its natural place in the theatrical firmament."
-Alix Cohen, Times Square Chronicles
"Throughout her show speak easy. there was no prohibition on her talent. This gal with a mezzo soprano belt is the Real McCoy."
-Stephen Hanks, Broadwayworld.com
"Amazingly, this slender performer can belt like a red hot mama of yore...The power, the sexy spin, the body language—all is there."
-William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
"speak easy." is a highball from which no thirsty cabaret lover should abstain. And Carole J. Bufford is the hepcat's satin pajamas."
-Mark Dundas Woods, BistroAwards.com