The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
REVIEWS & DUNN
"The cast boasts an abundance of talent, each actor infusing their role with a unique energy and charisma. The chemistry between Christian and Satine, the lead characters, is palpable on stage; their portrayal brimming with emotional depth that resonates profoundly with audiences.”
DC THEATRE ARTS
"Unlike Kidman in the film, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer is no gossamer girl. Her Satine is hearty and sturdy and belts like the dickens.”
"Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer emphasizes Satine’s protective and jilted nature, determined to ensure the safety of her friends' lives, no matter the sacrifice. She stuns the audience with her vocals, really proving why she’s been cast as the sparkling diamond with her gorgeous performance."
THE GEORGETOWN DISH
"The love story between Satine (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer) and Chrisian (John Cardoza) will end with you in tears. They both are great actors, but they will enthrall you with their incredible voices, which electrify the Opera House whenever they are on stage, singing their hearts out."
THE WASHINGTON POST
“From her initial appearance as this diva, poised stylishly on a swing — at the beginning of a musical number that mashes up songs including “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Diamonds Are Forever”— actress Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer displays brio and glorious vocals.”
“a duet in which Satine and Christian ping-pong romantic-song quotations is enjoyably arch. And the lovers’ rendering of “Your Song” (think Elton John) is a rare poignant moment.”
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
“showcases the incredible vocal range of Satine’s Yvette Gonzalez–Nacer”
“Gonzalez–Nacer is mesmerizing as the gorgeously voiced chanteuse.”
WASHINGTON CITY PAPER
"Yvette Gonzalez–Nacer is a gem as Satine, beautiful, sharp, sparkling... She shines brightly in her diamond-studded entrance with songs by Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. Gonzalez-Nacer is so vivacious and powerful... their tragic parting still led to many sniffles and sobs from the audience.”
"Cardoza and Gonzalez-Nacer are in no danger of being overshadowed vocally. Both are powerhouses."
“Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer does sparkle as Satine, and her entrance on a swing above the stage rivals that of Nicole Kidman’s in the movie, starting with a wonderful rendition of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ before launching into her signature ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend/Material Girl’ medley. From the moment she starts singing, her voice is smooth and powerful, and she vocally matches Brewer in their duets making sweet music together. Gonzalez-Nacer has the tougher job as Satine, who has to be tender and tough as she deals with Christian, the Duke and Zidler pulling her in all directions. A decision she has to make in Act 2 is shocking, particularly with the venom in her voice, but she also shows us that Satine regrets every word of what she’s said. And her ending … just be prepared for all the emotions to come. A lovely performance all around.”
“Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer does a worthy job of making the role her own, not an easy task.”
“I would like to personally thank both John Cardoza and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer for their magnificent voices. And they should personally thank me for not running up to the stage at curtain to hug them both.”