MY OWN VOICE CD:
One of the last releases of 2008 has been My Own Voice: An Evening with Devin Richards, a recording of an appearance at New York's Metropolitan Room by this performer who's been seen on Broadway in shows like 110 in the Shade, The Pajama Game, and, most recently, A Tale of Two Cities. Richards has a wonderfully mellifluous bass voice that he uses to excellent effect on a variety of tunes, from the pop classic "Fever" (delivered in not only English, but also Spanish and German) to "Too Darn Hot," which he introduces with some amusing banter about "Shade." Two other exceptionally satisfying tracks are a steamy and jazzy "With Every Breath I Take" (City of Angels) and a deeply moving medley of "Motherless Child" and "Old Man River." One small caveat on this one: the cuts between songs can be a little abrupt, disrupting one's sense of enjoying Richards' exceedingly satisfying performance live.
IT IS SO GORGEOUS!
I loved every cut...you sound magnificent!! and the CD has such
incredible personality, style, and talent!
Broadway & Cabaret Star
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, TOWN HALL, NYC
Mr. Richards has talent and charisma to spare and certainly belongs in the spotlight
Richards' smooth style conjured Cab Calloway as much as Barry White,
His pure and clear voice also features an impressive range, hitting spine-tingling bass notes and lovely high ones with equal ease.
Devin Richards' totally unamplified "I Want to be With You" from Golden Boy, a memento of what body mikes would soon make an anachronism, filled and thrilled the hall,
A series tradition is the unplugged moment, returning to the days when songs were delivered without electrical amplification. Devin Richards ably demonstrated the technique with his soaring "I Wanna Be With You," a soliloquy from "Golden Boy," which easily hit the top of the house.
Siegel is a devotee of “unplugged” singing - performers without microphones - and Devin Richards proved that with the right singer, no mike is necessary. His unamplified voice provided all the power needed for “I Wanna Be With You” from Golden Boy
cast member and new cabaret darling Devin Richards, dressed in a brown corduroy suit and looking devastatingly dapper, sang a warm "This is the Life" from the Sammy Davis, Jr. vehicle Golden Boy, which could certainly use a revival and a star like Mr. Richards.
Among other abundant highlights:
Devin Richards wowed the audience with his off-mike rendition of “I Wanna Be With You” from “Golden Boy,” by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse.
WOLFE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE
And how difficult it is to stay disappointed at Richards for only having one solo ("Too Close for Comfort," from Mr. Wonderful), when he sells it to the rear mezzanine just as if he were the star who introduced it, Sammy Davis Jr.?
Devin Richards conjured the Candyman with a smartly scatted “Too Close for Comfort”
FINIAN'S RAINBOW- CITY CENTER ENCORE
they also knew how to make their case in one clever and romantic song after another….especially "The Begat" (irresistibly presented by Hudson, Bernard Dotson, Joe Aaron Reid, and Devin Richards)
LES MISERABLES - NORTHSHORE MUSIC THEATRE
…..Javert is well played by Devin Richards. He has an incredible vocal range where he belts out some bass notes that knock your socks off and then he shows off a high baritone a few notes later.
THEATER MIRROR NEW ENGLAND
Devin Richards makes an indelible mark as Javert…
THE THEATER MIRROR NEW ENGLAND'S THEATRE GUIDES Beverly Creasey
Devin Richards…His Broadway experience is evident in this passionate portrayal of Javert. Richards’ deep, clear and articulate voice is haunting.
Fan - Pamela Perretti
SOUND OF MUSIC-HANGAR THEATER, ITHACA NY
In the usual vanilla productions of The Sound of Music we’d have a hard time accepting an African American as a captain in the Austrian Navy. But Devin Richards brings such a commanding baritone (like a James Earl Lones who can sing) and a Lou Gossett Jr.-styled bullet-headed authoritarianism, tha he makes the role of Captiain Von Trapp crackle with authenticity.
Syracuse New Times
Devin Richards’ Captain Von Trapp, on the other hand, combines a magnificent voice with mobile understated acting.
Devin Richards is well cast as the distant Catain, with a modest demeanor and a deep, resonant voice that commands not only attention, but respect as well.
Devin Richards as the captain has a rich voice and shows more intense sexuality than in your average production. That he is atypical for this role also demonstrates that this is a human, universal story…
THE POST STANDARD
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE- WEST END LONDON, BROADWAY, SACRAMENTO, NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE
Devin Richards, blessed with a deep, deep, deep voice, brought cheers whenever he went for the low note. He also displays great comic talent and is a fine dancer
Davis Enterprise Sacramento
Devin Richards has an appealing Baritone
Devin Richards, with bass notes as low as a pipe organ’s, adds immeasurably to the effictiveness of this show..
MIRACLE BROTHERS-VINEYARD THEATRE, OFF BROADWAY
But then, the Captain of the pirate ship, Henrique, played by Devin Richards, makes his entrance. He does not comment on his actions but fully gives into the melodrama of being a heartsick pirate with his glorious baritone.