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"a singing sensation"
- Stage and Cinema
"a joy to watch"
Chris Daniels, The Show Report
"super funny"
- Michael L. Quintos, BroadwayWorld Los Angeles

"Sarah Pierce (Jo) is a singing sensation. Her body language, physical theater chops and stage persona has the audience emoting with her. With astounding pipes, she gives a memorable performance of the power ballad 'Astonishing'. " - Stage and Cinema


"Ms. Pierce, the de facto center of the novel, is a joy to watch. Her rendition of 'Astonishing' at the end of the first act achieved new heights of theatrical excitement, and her vibrant 'Better' and 'The Fire Within Me' brought chills to the audience." - Chris Daniels, The Show Report

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"Another scene-stealer is the super funny Sarah Pierce, who plays Penny Pingleton, Tracy's ever-loyal, gum-chewing dim-bulb best friend who falls head-over-penny loafers in lust over the studly Seaweed J. Stubbs, the African-American dance phenom with a penchant for getting school detention, played with plenty of seductive smolder by the velvet-voiced Xavier J. Watson. Together, both actors have great rapport and superb comedic chops"

- Michael L. Quintos, BroadwayWorld Los Angeles

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"Pierce makes the budding writer the epitome of daring, determination, and spunk, investing Jo with oceans of sisterly love and familial devotion, and just wait till Pierce’s acting chops and power pipes merge in an 'Astonishing' that is quite simply astonishing. (Simply put, I’ve never seen a better Jo than Pierce.)"

- Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA


"Sarah Pierce too, absolutely proves that she is one of the production’s major assets. Her 'Girl With Dreams' not only gives us an A-Plus introduction to her singing, it also reveals a terrific vocal dexterity considering its many fast-paced lyrics she’s been consigned...Pierce garners even bigger laughs with the darkly hilarious, 'In Short'" - Leo Buck, Bucking Trends

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"Sarah Pierce, whose Penny goes from Wednesday Addams drab to Technicolor luminous... Like everyone else in the cast, Pierce and [Xavier J. Watson} merit highest marks for their power pipes" - Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA

Penny Pingleton in _Hairspray_
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