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NOISES OFF  – Northern Stage

A WESTON HOLIDAY CABARET – Weston Playhouse

  • The musical show stopper…came from the unannounced guest. Weston and Broadway veteran Susan Haefner, who lives in Andover, gave an irresistible tenderness and warmth to “Count Your Blessings.” (Rutland Herald)

TENDERLY, THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL (Rosemary) – Weston Playhouse

MAMMA MIA (Tanya) – Northern Stage

  • All purpose pro Susan Haefner, Donna in last summer’s Weston Playhouse production, was a riot as Annie’s man-hungry friend Tanya…” (Times Argus)
  • Is there anything that Susan Haefner cannot do? (ArtfulEdge)

MAMMA MIA (Donna) – Weston Playhouse

  • Susan Haefner is sensational as Donna, the mother of the bride(Chester Telegraph Review)
  • Susan Haefner…takes the bit in her teeth and pulls forward against all odds and makes the evening into something far beyond pleasure. She plays anger, frustration, love, passion, desire, mother-love and every other conceivable Greek intention with the musical honesty of a diva who knows how best to do it.  (Berkshire Bright Focus Review)

TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL (Rosemary) – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

  • Broadway vet Susan Haefner embodies Rosemary Clooney‘s voice and mannerisms without ever feeling like an impersonation…(Talkin’ Broadway)
  •  a brassy honesty that rings true (Behind the Curtain Cincinnati)
  • Haefner’s singing sounds so much like Clooney I bet if I closed my eyes I wouldn’t have known the difference” (The Sappy Critic)
  • Susan Haefner bears an uncanny resemblance, physically and vocally, to Clooney. An accomplished actress, she convincingly portrays the singer who had a tender heart but a tough exterior (City Beat)
  • Haefner convinces the audience that they’re peering through a window into half a century ago (Cincinnati Refined)

Director

STEEL MAGNOLIAS – Playhouse on Park

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Playhouse on Park

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, LIVE! – Weston Playhouse

25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – Playhouse on Park

Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding director of a musical (nominee), Outstanding ensemble (winner)

  • Simply terrific!…expertly staged, wonderfully performed (the band, too) and full of laughter, heart and life… Director-choreographer Susan Haefner has staged the show with energy, sensitivity and imagination... The ensemble of actors playing smart, self-aware, and socially inexperienced pre-teens is first rate. (The Hartford Courant)
  • Thanks to Susan Haefner’s very smart direction of a talented cast and Robert Tomasulo’s tight pit band, I haven’t laughed out loud so often at a theatre in a while. (Connecticut Wit)
  • If you’ve never experienced it, what a summer treat. If you’re already a fan, go again and take some friends with you.” (Bonnie’s Blog)