Willet is the quintessential deviled ham and plays the part
of Applegate to the hilt...
Exhilerating "Damn Yankees" is a Smash Hit!!!
It's one of the most successful stagings ever mounted by MPA.
Applegate, Willet's antics drew roars
from Saturday's audience...
final production of the summer,
GET YOUR GUN"
"Damn Yankees"is a terrifically entertaining, high-energy
show that touches all the bases and commits very few errors.
Tall, dark and athletic,
He shapes a frank butler who is essentially proud, affectionate
and relatively vulnerable,
Rather that the fat-headed egotist
That butler usually seems to be...
In a performance that carries a tinge of irony
His most notable songs - solo or duets -
Are the show's sweetest...
RADIO HOUR "
Vernon Willet has the suave, cocky assurance of crooner and
ladies' man Johnny Cantone down pat. He easily reminds one
of Sinatra and Crosby with his crooning of
" Our Love is Here To Stay. "
male star Johnny Cantone, Vernon Willet shows a man losing
his grip. His star is getting rattled......
Los Angeles Times
are the musical skills of (Don) Eitner's cast.....
Vernon Willet is surprisingly empathetic as Johnny Cantone,
the show's self-centered, smooth-talking leading man... Orange
Willet's Pirate King makes the most of comedy and bombast!
The Daily Breeze, Redondo Beach
Willet is audaciously agile, acrobatic and attractive.
He bares his chest and ostensibly swallows his sword!
What a show off he is!!
How endearing his flamboyant efforts, how transparent his
Drama Logue's Critic's Choice, LA
a commanding, acrobatic performance, Vernon Willet 's (Pirate
King) retains comedic bite while moving non-stop."
Los Angeles Times, LA
Vernon Willet is sly and supercilious as the Pirate King.
His timing is slick in bit after bit, his salacious demeanor's
a great big hit, and his shiny purple tights are a really
nice fit. Young Mr. Willet is an old pro who knows exactly
what he's doing every minute on stage, and it works.
Easy Reader, Redondo Beach
Willet is the Pirate King, and a devilishly dashing, swashbuckling
pirate he is! When he's on stage, your eyes are simply riveted
on him, the better to catch every nuance of which he is a
master - a graceful flip of the hand, an eyebrow quirked ever
a sly hint of a smile. He's perfectly wonderful!
Worcester Magazine, Worcester
Willet plays the part of the "Pirate King" with
ease and flair.
Sentinel & Enterprise, Worcester
Willet is the very model of a Pirate King, all strut and suavity.
Boston Common, Boston
King Vernon Willet's buoyantly confident -
almost boyish in his playful pirate's demeanor .
The News, Worcester
Pirate King is ruthless, brave, battle-ready, image conscious,
confident and handsome.
Vernon Willet plays the role to a fare-thee-well,
swashing and occasionally buckling.
Ware River News, Worcester
KING & I"
...ends up drawing attention to Vernon Willet as the King...
Willet paints an eccentric, chirpy ruler whose bravado can't
mask his glimmerings of self doubt. Willet also has a good
time putting a Siamese spin upon his English.
Orange County Register, Orange
solid production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic...
Vernon Willet showed much hauteur and grandeur as the King.
Frontiers Magazine, LA
Willet brings a softer, gentler King to the stage
and has a fine voice
DCLO cast has recaptured all the magic and then some
Willet is a worthy King in a fine DCLO production
Broadway actor Vernon Willet and regular Ann Peck
were well-paired in the lead roles - the King and Anna -
as both are strong character actors
and Peck provide the humor in a lavish
production of a classic musical
is very funny as the King of Siam. He exudes confidence and
insecurity in all the right places as he struts around with
the innate dominance of a king.
are very tender moments between Anna and the King
the beauty of the show and it's scenes
What direction! Baby, what a cast! Baby, what a show!
Elizabeth Smith and Vernon Willet excellently play both sides
of the emotions. In the intimate space of the Golden Theater,
exploring their souls as completely as these two do is no easy
* Critic's Choice * Drama Logue, LA
comedy is lower keyed and quite disarming. A nice voice too.
Los Angeles Daily News, LA
has the virile voice and looks of a guy who must be truly
crushed to learn that the fertility problem is his...
Los Angeles Times, LA
"Vernon Willet sings beautifully as brash Billy Crocker"
* Critics' Choice * Drama Logue
Willet is a suave Billy Crocker who matches (Karen) Morrow
in vocal sophistication.
Los Angeles Times
to sound more and more like Danny Kaye, crooner Willet's voice
is ready for Broadway.
Beach Reporter, Redondo Beach
Willet is a great choice for the thankless Dick Powell male
ingenue, offering many hilarious new colors to such an underwhelming
Entertainment Today, LA
Vernon Willet is a triple threat.
His Billy Crocker is a winning combination of singer, dancer
and accomplished actor. His relaxed delivery is a pleasure
Easy Reader, LA