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La cage
 

“However, the real co-star of the show is the club La Cage Aux Folles itself. The Cagelles, the chorus of drag performers, infuse the production with glitz, glamour and pizzazz. Everyone of the Cagelles create a unique character. They perform the spectacular choreography of Sam Hay flawlessly and stylishly.”
-by Dan and Julie Izzo, BwayWorld.com

“The show’s nonstop energy and visual splendor grabbed hold of the audience immediately and never let go…  Watching the Cagelles do their high-kicking dance numbers in heels and showgirl plumage is mesmerizing and at times very funny.“

-by Jason Cottrell, the Democrat and Chronicle

ALTAR BOYZ
 

“…chock full of fabulous rafter-raising musical numbers with non-stop, high energy dancing performed by an "inspiring" cast of five talented young men that light up the stage.”
-By Nancy Sasso Janis, Patch Mayor 

 

"Hay’s choreography in particular is so over the top and goofy it had me in tears laughing."

 

"But with the fantastic quality of Hay’s production and the superb performance of the five core cast members, it becomes a thoroughly entertaining night of theater."

-By Tim Leininger, Journal Inquirer

BILLY ELLIOT
 

"...director Michael Barnard and choreographer Sam Hay do a superb job in seamlessly intertwining the plight of the miners with the story of Billy's journey.

…With excellent creative aspects, direction and choreography and deeply rich performances, Phoenix Theatre's production of this award winning musical is both upbeat and joyful and a stirring, powerful and emotionally rewarding experience."

-Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway 

BULLETS...B'WAY
 

"Sam Hay's excellent choreography adds plenty of moments of non-stop dazzle and heightened comedic moments throughout, including the showstopping "Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" in which Reese leads the very talented ensemble into a stunning tap dance frenzy."

-Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway 

 

"..showstopper after showstopper just kept spilling off  the stage. There were tap dancing mafia members who stole the show, legitimate Charleston moments, and rapid-fire belted ballads by big beautiful voices."

- Jennifer Haaland, PHX Stages 

CHICAGO
 

"Sam Hay’s demanding choreography, in the spirit of Fosse, is sharp, disciplined and in-your-face.  ...almost every song and dance is an aggressive showstopper...there are times when you want the show to stop, go back and do it again."

 

"As soon as the opening number, All That Jazz, concludes, you want an encore, just to make sure it really was as good as you thought it was but never expected it to be."

-David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage

"Sam Hay's kickass choreography [was] performed by a very hot ensemble."

-Herbert Paine, BrodwayWorld

 

"Choreographer Sam Hay dreampt up various slinky, kinky visions...

...This is one musical that’s packed with memorable showstoppers, from the sensuous opener of 'All That Jazz' through the sexy-scary 'Cell Block Tango' (“He had it comin’!”) through to Flynn’s supercilious 'Razzle Dazzle.'"

-Kerry Lengel, AZ Central

 

..."through Sam Hay's dynamic choreography and superbly whispery jazz vocals, [the cast] did Bob Fosse proud."

-Jennifer Haaland, Mesa Performing Arts Examiner 

MARY POPPINS
 

"Choreographer Sam Hay earns kudos for a passel of lively production numbers, especially "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," which takes the old "Y.M.C.A." routine and amplifies it by an order of magnitude."

-Kerry Lengel, The Republic, azcentral

 

"The big musical sequences with high-energy choreography from Sam Hay range from the thrilling to the spectacular as exploding colors and sound mixed with a few surprising visual flourishes both excite and exhaust."

-David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage

 

"Barnard and choreographer Sam Hay have combined to deliver several exceptional show stopping numbers, including 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,' which is an explosion of color, movement and song, and the exuberant high flying 'Step in Time.'"

-Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway