"CAITLIN EHLINGER IS AMAZINGLY PERFECT IN THIS ROLE...THE BEST WAY TO SAY IT IS "WOWIE!""
The book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, tell us the fabled story of this youngster Peggy Sawyer (Caitlin Ehlinger is amazingly perfect in this role. Her voice is melodic, her acting on target and as a tap dancer, the best way to say it is “WOWIE!”) who due to a slight mis-step ends up stepping into the lead role of a Broadway show and exceeding the expectations of everyone involved.
- Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago
"BUT IT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT CAITLIN EHLINGER'S SHOW."
A newcomer playing newcomer Peggy Sawyer, Ehlinger energizes the whole proceeding with delightful, doe-eyed dancing. Her voice, her moves, her character, are all crisp, compelling, and completely awe-inspiring. It’s amazing to watch her journey from smalltown stumbling to sultry stardom. She is Peggy, and Peggy is phenomenal.
- Ian Rigg, Chicagoland Musical Theatre
"CARRYING THE SHOW AS NO UNDERSTUDY EVER COULD..."
Carrying the show as no understudy ever could is Caitlin Ehlinger, no platinum-blond Peggy Sawyer but a bumptious brunette whose inexhaustible tap dancing and lyrical assurance can only improve on Ruby Keeler’s wooden original. (Of course, she goes in a chorus girl but she comes out a star!)
- Tony Frankel, Stage & Cinema (National Tour at Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles)
Completing the trio of 42nd Street leads is the winsomely winning Ehlinger, who like a real life Peggy Sawyer proves that dreams of stardom do indeed come true virtually overnight. Not only is Ehlinger utterly beguiling in the role, her singing and tapping foretell great things ahead for the just turned 19 year old.
- Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
"TEMPESTUOUS TAP SKILLS ... A REFRESHING HUMILITY TO MATCH HER TALENT"
We witness that Sawyer not only has tempestuous tap skills, but a refreshing humility to match her talent. In reaching this aim, Ehlinger inhabits her character with a natural grace and fortitude that is both artistic and awe-inspiring.
- Imaan Jamali, LA Excites
"SURE TO MAKE STARS OF ITS MALE AND FEMALE LEADS - THE EFFERVESCENT CAITLIN EHLINGER AND SMOOTH CROONER TAYLOR"
The sparks between them are obvious immediately, and part of that chemistry has to do with Caitlin Ehlinger herself. Innocence and selfconfidence come naturally to the talented newcomer. Ehlinger has a voice the resonates with 1930s guile and the ability to out dance just about everyone on the stage, and it’s obvious that her rise to fame will be equivalent to that of her Peggy Sawyer character.
- Dawn Reno Langley, Triangle Arts and Entertainment (Durham, NC)
"...A TRUE TALENT WITH A WONDERFUL VOICE AND UNPARALLELED DANCE MOVES..."
The story revolves around the young and naïve Peggy Sawyer (Caitlin Ehlinger), a true talent with a wonderful voice and unparalleled dance moves who has come to New York to make her Broadway debut.
- Stacey Crawley, ShowBizChicago
"...SKILLS, ESPECIALLY AS A TAP DANCER, ARE JAW-DROPPING"
Caitlin Ehlinger projects that requisite dewy-eyed gollyness. But her terpsichorean skills, especially as a tap dancer, are jaw-dropping even as she makes it all seem as smooth as a spiked milkshake. The delighted grin of the 19-year-old Ehlinger in her first road show was visible back in Row S.
- Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater On Stage
"SUPERB SINGING AND DANCING SKILLS"
...lead actor Taylor...His version of Marsh is quite a nice contrast against co-star Ehlinger's youthful, sweet-natured portrait of ecstatic dreamer Peggy Sawyer, who like her character also has superb singing and dancing skills.
- Michael L. Quintos, BroadwayWorld LA
"EFFORTLESS STYLE AND INFECTIOUS ENERGY"
I do not know how Caitlin Ehlinger as wide-eyed hopeful Peggy Sawyer or Blake Stadnik's Billy Lawlor deliver the non-stop no holds-barred tap number after tap number, but they do and with effortless style and infectious energy that makes the smiles real on both dancers and audience members alike.
- Charles Karel Bouley, Huffington Post