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"Rona Figueroa is a beautiful, highly athletic Eponine who at the opening night performance showed visible emotion in her singing of the downstage showstopper "On My Own" ".
--Richard Gist, reviewing the Third National Company of Les Misérables
"Rona Figueroa's Eponine has shades of her former role as Kim in Miss Saigon, with a more contemporary, almost pop-like quality to her vocal style, and together with Kate Fisher's Cosette and Rich Affannato's Marius, the songs "In My Life" and "A Heart Full of Love", were rendered beautifully in classic operatic style."
--Ed Farolan, in another 3NT reviews
"But the true star of the show was Rona Figueroa, whose Eponine can only be described as amazing. Her rendition of the showstopper "On My Own" brought tears to my eyes."
--Kari Rosenthal, a Boston review
"And whereas Rona Figueroa's Eponine is physically quite believable, she lacks any semblance of the singing voice (strength or range) necessary to get her through her trademark solo, "On My Own," or the duet in which she dies, "A Little Fall of Rain".
--Les Gutman, reviewing the Broadway cast for curtainup.com.
[Ed. Note-All I can say about this one is "mmmkay". Did he maybe fall asleep during "On my Own" and was too scared to say so or what?]
"Rona Figueroa as Kim, the doomed Vietnamese bar girl, combines fragile physical beauty with an intensely passionate performance. Her exquisite voice is sometimes delicate, and sometimes cuts through the theater, ranging from a haunting soprano to a dark rich alto. Figueroa made her Broadway debut in this role, playing it for two years. She is absolutely convincing from start to finish."
--From a review regarding her performance at NSMT
"Figueroa, who played this role on Broadway for two years, is astounding in her role as Kim. Her voice is powerful, unwavering, and startling in its range. She embraces the role completely -- even managing to screech fear and rage in song. Leading man Noonan matches his leading lady's talents well. His voice is explosive, his presence omnipotent, yet humble."
--Another NSMT, from The Eagle Tribune
"Rona Figueroa played Kim, Miss Saigon, for two years on Broadway at some cost to her voice, which does not sound fresh, but she remains a compelling actress, both tender and fierce. "
--From the Boston Globe (Rona says this one made her laugh)
Dragonheart: A New Beginning
"Unfortunately, the king of the realm has fallen under the spell of an evil adviser, who has plans for this dragon. Fortunately, an old Chinese man and his ward--a very attractive girl with a stunning kung-fu kick--have arrived to keep the dragon from harm. The story is straightforward and clearly aimed at a younger audience, with an uncontroversial moral about friendship."
--Amazon, with yet another startingly obvious observation
"[Christopher Masterson's} constant selfish manipulations of his naïve, needy dragon "friend" are more distasteful than Gorkum's one failed attempt, which leaves supporting actors like deadpan martial artist Rona Figueroa and sage advisor Henry O to shoulder the burden of providing moderately likable characters."
"I could tell right away that I'd like the Eponine. Her acting was just great. . she was a fabulous singer and actor. . Eponine had SUCH a powerful voice. . . Rona was very strong, and. . .it was just beautiful. . ."
--Stacy McInnis, excerpts from her 1997 review of the touring company of Les Misérables. You can read the whole review here.
"But less successful is the vocal version of the [Dragonheart II] theme that concludes the album, performed by actress Rona Figueroa with lyrics by screenwriter Shari Goodhartz. It's a nice song, of course, and the music is lovely, but for some reason Figueroa seems to have some trouble singing it. Whether it's to do with the complexity of the melodic line, or the fact that it's written in a very high key I'm not sure, but whatever the case may be Figueroa constantly seems to be straining to reach the top notes, and to sustain them without cracking. It's a minor point, but still slightly disappointing."
--Jonathan Broxton, for his self-serving Movie Music U.K.
[Ed. Note-I don't know, because listen up here-- does that sound to you like a person who's having trouble hitting the high notes? No. It doesn't. Now, if they had gotten me to sing those, then you would have heard straining and cracking and all that jazz.]
"The other minor flaw is the voice of Rona Figueroa, the actress in the film who performs the song version of "My Heart Goes With You." Her voice, while spectacularly talented, is too high pitched for the key of the song, and causes that song to become fluttery during its higher notes."
--Christian Clemmenson, for Filmtracks. Yeah, that "fluttery" stuff? Called vibrato. It's a sign of good vocal training.
"Quite incongruously, and no doubt due to the late 1990s fad for cinematic martial arts...there are some gratuitous martial arts sequences. Their very anachronistic incongruity makes them feel directorially boiler-plated on with self-conscious awkwardness, something even further amplified by the laughable ludicrousness of some of the sequences - like the images of Rona Figueroa taking on soldiers using a parasol and a ladies’ fan."
--Richard Scheib. Dude. That is the best part.