The New World
Jillian Gottlieb as Susana Standish (daughter of Miles) is a winning, persuasive comic actor, has a great Jersey accent (as against the tribes’ working-class Bostonian), and can sing to fill a theater.
– John Timpane, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jillian Gottlieb. That may not look like a sentence, but it is. If a sentence only requires a verb, then all I need to say is Jillian Gottlieb. There is too much life in her to be considered something so static as a noun. At the end of the show, when, as Susanna Standish, she sings what I consider to be the show- stopping best song of the evening “Other People,” she is exuding so much energy that Exelon may make her an offer to help power the grid. The word awesome has become, over the years, trivialized by overuse. But, it is no small feat to awe an audience. She did that. This is someone to watch out for. She has a great career ahead of her.
– John Dwyer, New Hope Free Press
"Susanna Standish (Jillian Gottlieb) might have the best voice in the cast and it is interesting to see it develop from a more innocent, childish voice to that of a young woman."
“Gottlieb nails Belinda’s silly IQ-challenged side (a butterfly distracts her like a pea-brained puppy), but she’s also got seriously legit pipes.”
– Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News
“Gottlieb’s vain, vapid Belinda handles her soprano swoops with confidence in a role that might have been written for Kristin Chenoweth.”
– Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Post
“Gottlieb blew me away with her coloratura soprano and perfect comic timing, playing several emotionally invested scenes opposite a talking strand of hair.”
– Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
“Gottlieb's searing soprano (and, on occasion, her velvety belt) is as much a marvel to behold as the expert comedy chops she displays in her reverence to Beatrice, and the bloated tragedy she embodies once they're separated forever.”
– Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway
“Stealing the show is Jillian Gottlieb as the harebrained Belinda whose crystal-clear soprano brings down the house in every one of her numbers. Gottlieb locates an authentic naïveté in her character that could otherwise have been one-dimensional. Her “Hair Song” – with vocal harmonies provided by her beloved ringlettes – is the funnest and funniest song in the show.”
– Charles C. Bales, NYTheatre.com
“As the empty-headed Belinda, Jillian Gottlieb compensates with a ravishing coloratura soprano for her arias and duets.”
– Victor Gluck, TheaterScene.net
“Ms. Gottlieb is talented with an operatic soprano that lends its way to a fabulous "Glitter and be Gay." She makes us understand the mentally challenged waif who longs for adventure.”
Pardon My English
“Jillian Gottlieb (Frieda) has comic flair. Her wide-eyed Frieda feels genuine from the get-go. Gottlieb manages to make us believe she doesn’ t understand Michael in their first duet by reacting only to his voice and features – not easy. Her trilled vocals fit the character, the sustained façade of innocence plays well against a more sophisticated rival (Gita). Well portrayed.”
“Sweet, innocent Frieda (a perfectly pitched Jillian Gottlieb, whose transformation to love kitten is delicious) is Michael’ s fiancée.”
“Gottlieb holds her own as the seemingly coy and sedate Frieda who does know the score. She and Milliron make beautiful music with the duets, “Isn’t It a Pity” and “Tonight.” – Theatrescene.net
Bauer's innocent daughter Frieda (Jillian Gottlieb) is as ditzy as Gracie Allen!”
Out of This World
"Jillian Gottlieb as Chloe, the man-hungry maiden, steals every scene she is in with her understated provocativeness."
The Golden Bride
"The pair have delicious chemistry, and Ms. Gottlieb is a revelation: effervescently daffy like a young Georgia Engel but also sassy and deadpan. The show is not the only discovery here."
– Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times
"Gottlieb endows Khanele with a rich timbre, exploring her chest and head voice with equal success."
– Mateus Ferreira, TheEasy.com
“Ms Gottlieb who was wonderful as the ditzy Chloe in Musicals Tonight's! ‘Out of This World’ is equally enchanting in her comic timing here.”
– Mark Savitt, Hi Drama
"Misha's sister Khanele (played to the comically golden max by Jillian Gottlieb)..."
– Jon Sobel, BlogCritics.org
“Jillian Gottlieb, who plays a very enthusiastic and very ditzy Khanele, a sister figure to Goldele, has got Yiddish theater down to a T, supplying comedy relief with plenty of pep.”
– Tess Cutler, TabletMag.com
“The two lead actresses in particular both possess impressive voices, clear and crisp. And when Gottlieb’s mic crackled out, her voice was powerful enough to match Policar’s before filling the theater with beautiful music.”
– Marti Sichel, WomanAroundTown.com
“...Gottlieb’s sweetly starry-eyed Khanele imagining their lives onstage, the performers deliver the show’s highest bits of comedy with both sensitivity and zest.”
– Andy Propst, AmericanTheatreWeb.com
"...Gottlieb – recently so delightful in Cole Porter’s Out of This World at Mel Miller’s Musicals Tonight – is the perfect soubrette.”
– Harry Forbes, Operetta Research Center
"The yellow tresses of Jillian Gottlieb (as the sprightly second banana Khanele) shine like teygelekh and her comically deployed voice is sweet to match"
– Michael Yashinsky, In Geveb
Interview: Learning Lines AND a Language
– Jeff Potter, Theatre Development Fund
Lend Me a Tenor
“...Jillian Gottlieb is the picture of would-be non-innocence.
Gottlieb superbly gives Maggie a naiveté, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character’ s antics throughout the show.”
“Maggie’ s inept attempt at seduction is a blast...this eight member cast is solid, not missing a beat.”
An interview with Jillian Gottlieb
– Flip Side PA
“Samantha (the character) is something special. She has one of the strongest voices I have heard come to the stage in quite some time. I was truly blown away by her performance.”
– Charles Gimble, Time Out New York (5 Stars)
“One exception to note is the performance of Jillian Gottlieb as Samantha, who seems to connect with her fellow travelers in “Limbo” (literally and figuratively) and avoid the aforementioned pitfalls: she delivers her musical numbers with exceptional vocal prowess.”
– CEOExpess/Theatre Reviews Ltd.
“Backes and Gottlieb, in particular, have excellent voices and sell every moment.”
“...the potential for this musical comes through in a solid pop rock score and convincing performances all around. Jillian Gottlieb as Samantha, who lost her family in a car crash, and Matthew Corr as Andrew...were particularly moving.”
– Pataphysical Science