• Sister Act - Virginia Repertory Theatre (Fall 2018)

    "Luckily, the strong singers and superb orchestra, under the direction of Anthony Smith, bring out all of the best in this rock- and disco-based score."
    Jerry Williams, Richmond Magazine

    "Musical director Anthony Smith makes the most of Menken's bouncy, disco-influenced score with his eight-piece band."
    Rich Griset, Style Weekly

  • West Side Story - Virginia Repertory Theatre (Summer 2018)

    "The band, under Smith's direction, does jaw-dropping work with Bernstein's difficult music: It's an absolute thrill to hear his Latin- and jazz-tinted score played by a live, 11-piece ensemble."

    "In "The Dance at the Gym" number, the choreography, B.J. Wilkinson's frenetic lighting, Sarah Grady's colorful costumes and Anthony Smith's music direction all unite in a vibrant freak out that bears repeated viewings. Scott Bradley's urban scenic design looks like it was taken from an Edward Hopper painting: all clean lines, solid colors, light and shadow."
    - Rich Griset, Style Weekly

    "Anthony Smith's top-drawer orchestra and cast nail the complexities of Leonard Bernstein's score and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics."
    - Jeremy Bustin, Broadway World

    "Anthony Smith skillfully guides his excellent orchestra through Bernstein's challenging score."
    - Jerry Williams, Richmond Magazine

  • Fun Home - Cadence Theatre Company (Fall 2017)

    "...The songs' complex vocal textures are outstanding), the orchestral backup is flawlessly beautiful (Musical Director Anthony Smith)..."
    Jerry Williams, Richmond Magazine