“Ellen, played by Bono, who marks one of the score’s highlights with her torch song, ‘Maybe.’”
-Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter
”Bono makes a kinder-than-usual Ellen — a warm, loving woman who wants to understand all sides of this personal quagmire, the new stand-in for an America divided by both sides of that political quagmire.”
-Dany Margolies, Los Angeles Daily News
“Stacie Bono who plays Ellen has a gorgeous voice and delivers one of the most heartfelt performances during “Maybe”.”
-Justin Williams, Showbiz Chicago
” Another dynamite actress who stands out is Stacie Bono, who plays Chris’ American wife, Ellen. She wrings every ounce of emotion from Ellen’s poignant musical soliloquy, “Maybe.” Ms. Bono creates just the right amount of empathy for a role that, in lesser hands, might be played as the antagonist. To Ms. Bono’s credit, theatergoers become emotionally torn between Chris’ mistress and his loving spouse.”
- Chicago Theater Review
”There are some blessings, like Stacie Bono, as the betrayed wife Ellen, becomes a living, beating heart of conflict, compassion and doubt.”
-Robert Sokol, San Francisco Examiner
“Stacie Bono also makes a strong impression as Ellen. Her rendition of "I Still Believe" is not only well sung, but heartfelt. Musically, "Maybe" (a new song introduced in Signature's 2013 production) is a step down from the now eliminated song, "Now That I've Seen Her." However, Bono's delivery is first-rate and made me dislike the song less than when I first heard it.”
-Broadway World at the Kennedy Center
”The most fascinating character in "Miss Saigon" is also the least developed, Ellen, the American woman Chris marries after he returns to the United States. I’d really like to see a musical told from her viewpoint. She only comes into play in the second act when she represents, if not quite an antagonist, assuredly a lethal obstacle to a happy conclusion. Stacie Bono, who plays the role, enters looking like the model of Midwestern American wholesomeness – a cross between June Cleaver and Betty Crocker. She must then navigate some of the most gut-wrenching moments of the play, while singing her heart out. Bono is everything I hoped for.”
-Anthony Chase, Buffalo News
"Stacie Bono is everything you'd want in Marian the librarian, sensible, smart, and proud, slowly letting her hair down (figuratively and literally) as she lets this man into her life. And her golden soprano voice will give you chills on such songs as "My White Knight" and "Till There Was You." Danny and Stacie are a charming pair with oodles of chemistry and lovely harmonies."
-Cherry and Spoon
"The entire cast is up to the challenge and perform at the top of their game, lead by the effervescent Stacie Bono (possessed with a lovely voice) as Marian Paroo."
-Carly, Minnesota Theater Love
"Stacie Bono is a thoroughly modern Eliza, still modest but with a worldly edginess that suits the scrappy young woman who is determined to rise above her caste. Bono is especially effective in striking a distinction between the old Eliza and the new during one of the pivotal scenes in the first act when she finally “gets it,” by George, and slowly then joyously sings “The Rain in Spain,” followed by the romantic “I Could Have Danced All Night.” She proves the power and beauty of her voice throughout the evening."
-Katie Winkler, Blue Ridge Times
"And Stacie Bono is the star who gets Donna's tough front down. No swooning doll or naïve victim, this is an intelligent young woman painfully aware that the ‘man’ she yearns for doesn’t deserve her affection - ‘You’re the one that is fucked up - why am I the one who’s bleeding?!’ Her imploring gestures and pained expressions make borderline hokey lines as emotive as Shakespearean verse. And Shanley’s script even outdoes Sonnet 129 as Donna fights to explain the transcendental experience which shackles her to Tommy, tragic words poignantly rendered. Her description of an orgasm actually brought tears to my eyes. Unexpected."
-Natanya Paris, Playstosee.com
"Stacie Bono’s strong yet vulnerable Donna is the driving force of the play, pursuing clarity in her life and relationship with such urgency that the audience can’t help but share a stake in her goal."
-Geri Silver, ayoungertheatre.com
"minimalist production is graced by an excellent performance from American actress Stacie Bono who really gives her all"
-Phillip Fisher, British Theater Guide
"Donna (Stacie Bono) delivers a polished performance in her hurt trash doll character on a conflicted emotional journey to understand love and behaviour of men."
-Lucy Gilliam, Run Riot
"Bono is terrific here, effortlessly switching from sassy streetwise broad who mocks the pathetic Tommy... to vulnerable young girl."
-Tony Peters, West End Wilma
"Holding the production together is Stacie Bono’s Donna. She picks out every change in mood in the script, especially in the second half as she learns more and more about her father and is forced to re-evaluate her opinion of him. There’s always a lot going on behind Bono’s eyes, and she deftly handles the emotional shifts of the play."
-Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus
"As ditzy blonde Audrey, Stacie Bono is Nuccio's perfect match. Her longing to flee Skid Row is heartfelt in Bono's singing of Audrey's signature song "Somewhere That's Green"
-Mary Johnson, Baltimore Sun
"But the cast is uniformly excellent with Alan Shaw and Stacie Bono as the lovers in Act II taking home the honors. They both have fine voices, act with honest conviction and have that most important ingredient to flesh out a memorable performance - passion. Their duet “In Whatever Time We Have” is just about perfect."
-Oscar E. Moore, oscaremoore.com
"Bono is thrilling as the caring, ever-tentative Yonah"
-Matthew Murray, Broadway Stars
"Bono is very believable as the confused Fran for whom we “pull” throughout, hoping she extricates herself from the clutches of Sheldrake, and finds meaning and a mate more suited to her—somebody like Chuck. Bono demonstrates a strong voice and terrific range in several numbers, as well as her softly-sung “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” duo with Gardner."
-Tony Curulla, Syracuse.com
"Bono is charming and persuasive as the fallen innocent who finally finds her spine."
-Barbara Adams, Ithaca Times
"Stacie Bono is a standout as Nancy—you can tell in her interpretations of “It’s a Fine Life” and “As Long as He Needs Me” that the actor understands her subtext and the character sees the irony in the lyrics."
-David Fuller, Indie Theater Now