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“(Toth’s) “Mad Girl’s Love Song” created a soulful setting that let Jackson wrap his voice around every sad, sexy line. It became abundantly clear as the evening rolled on why Kristin Chenoweth playfully attempts to steal the shoeless piano-playing Toth from Jackson, which the latter quipped about a couple of times.” (link)

- Indianapolis Monthly

“[Cheyenne Jackson is] also performing a song written by his music director, Ben Toth, based on a poem by Sylvia Plath. ‘That song, ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ that he wrote the music to is, I think, and Michael Feinstein said it first, destined to be something. It’s such a powerful song. It talks about deep sadness and pain and he has married it to this jazzy melody that is infused with…’  Jackson trails off then adds, ‘Everybody afterwards talks about it.'” (link)

- Los Angeles Magazine

“Appealing performances, beautiful visuals and beguiling music are fluently melded with the poetic charm of Shakespeare’s comedy by Michael Sexton, the director, who stages the play with a sure, subtle hand.”

“The director heightens the changing atmosphere becomingly with some sweet songs and delicate incidental music composed by Ben Toth.” (link)

- The New York Times

“When the cast sings his four original songs, we almost wish we were watching a musical version of AS YOU LIKE IT. Call it an embarrassment of riches.” (link)

- The Examiner

“Original music by Ben Toth effectively draws on musical theater and jazz, with well-written vocal lines that complement the cast’s voices, notably solos for the golden-voiced J.D. Webster and an enchanting final group number.” (link)

- The Star Ledger

“The original music by Ben Toth adds much to the tenor of the show. The songs are wonderfully placed and the vocals by J.D. Webster are outstanding.” (link)
- Broadway World

Josh Radnor: “Singing can be very vulnerable, especially if you’re not doing it all the time. I felt very safe with him as a coach. And on top of it all, he wrote really gorgeous music for my movie.”  (link)

Taye Diggs: “He makes non-singers sing like singers.”

Beau Bridges: “[Toth] gave me the tools to do the best I could and gave me confidence and encouragement.”

- Los Angeles Times

“…elegantly orchestrated, bringing to mind the masterpiece cabaret albums of similar material by Andrea Marcovicci and Anne Hampton Callaway.”  (link)

- Broadway World

“There was drama even before opening night when Patinkin’s long-time collaborator and accompanist Paul Ford had an emergency appendectomy in New York. In his shoes, with only minimal time for rehearsal, stepped the young pianist Ben Toth, who does a heroic job of following his partner on every step of an epic journey, from the chamber ambience of the extracts from Sunday In The Park With George, to the folksier cadences of On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe…”  (link)

- London Times