"...You've got your 42nd Street tap number in the nightmarish "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" (choreographed by Mara Newbery Greer and led by the hilarious Danette Holden as the sexually frustrated school teacher Miss Shields)..."
"Miss Shields, of all people, has the best song. You remember Miss Shields - Ralphie's long-suffering grade-school teacher, who has the thankless task of correcting Christmas themes. In the show's furthest -and best- departure fro the movie, she reappears in the second act fantasy sequence, wearing a sparkly red and silver dress, surrounded by a chorus of tap-dancing child mobsters in fedoras and pinstripes. It has barely anything to do with the plot, which is kind of refreshing. Danette Holden has so much evident fun cutting loose in this scene, and delivers her song "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" with such gusto, aided by kids who are so energetic (this is the best music and dancing in the show) that you may almost wish you had the option of spending the rest of the second act in The C+ Lounge, with the fast crowd."
“Danette Holden’s start turn in Miss Shields’ fantasy number “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” is amazing on several levels – imagine being a great actor in your own right, tap dancing and singing, while surrounded by the start of tomorrow who are also tap dancing – Miss Shields is a mentor as a teacher, and Holden is a mentor and role model as a triple-threat actor, and the take-away is these kids have some big shoes to fill!”
"The rest of the cast are so good... let me give you one example. In a scene where Warner is ordering his secretary (Holden) to do this and that, I couldn't take my eyes off her. Every move from smiling to pouring his coffee - even if she had to walk half way around the room to do it - to "Yes, sir...No, sir" to a simple frown before making her exit, Holden had me mesmerized. And in the next scene stage left seconds later she emerges as Cagney's mother in a different costume and wig. This type of stamina and skill are consistent with all six actors."
-Don Grigware, Broadway World Los Angeles
"Even the more colorful characters (Warner's secretary, for example, one of my favorites, delightfully played by Danette Holden) ...are given backstory. Holden plays one of my favorite characters as previously noted, Jane, the secretary, and then almost immediately transforms into Ma Cagney, two completely different people, beautifully executed."
-Robert Jones, Center on the Aisle
“Danette Holden portrays Ma Cagney with an Irish warmth, and is deliciously ditzy as Jane, Jack Warner’s secretary.”
“Ms. Holden, when not playing Jimmy’s Ma, dons glasses and poor posture to play Warner’s lovelorn secretary, Jane. Juggling a series of high-speed costume changes, she charms in both roles.”
“At the head of this ensemble is Danette Holden, who plays Reno Sweeney, the evangelist-turned-nightclub singer. Holden not only tears down the walls with her vocal power on “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” but also displays an easy chemistry with all of her costars, whether it’s an English lord, or Public Enemy #13…………Purdy and Holden display some wonderful comic timing, and Holden especially offers some hilarious facial expressions that communicate all of the comedy in the scene. She also manages a terrific tap routine and then breaks into song without missing a beat.
-The Boston Globe
“The outstanding leading lady is Danette Holden as Reno. She is a sultry sexy brunette who delivers her funny one-liners perfectly. She is a triple threat performer. Danette possesses a strong belting voice and she dances up a storm in “You’re The Top” with Billy, “Friendship” with Moonface, tap dancing terrifically in “Anything Goes”, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and a tango in “The Gypsy In Me” with Evelyn. She is tough as nails but shows a tender side in “I Get A Kick Out Of You” when she puts the moves on Billy. Danette makes the role her own like Merman and Lapone before her.”
"Danette Holden as Cardinal St. Louis is also hysterical as the slightly crazy, sex starved, substance addicted , Southern debutante gone bad who knows she is the best candidate for the job and provides it in her rousing gospel number that nearly brings down the house."
“Out of eight Cardinals, there is one singer who rises above mere competence: the fantastic Danette Holden, who plays the ditzy, Christ-obsessed Cardinal St. Louis, and is a consummate performer.”
A Christmas Story