From Wizard of Oz:
Hadjian steals the spotlight as the Wicked Witch, channeling Margaret Hamilton's vocal style but looking more like Rachel Weisz from "Oz the Great and Powerful.
-Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer
Hadjian’s performance was the highlight for me. Hadjian brought The Wicked Witch to life, and made the part memorable. She really committed to the character and mastered that unforgettable evil laugh.
-Yulanda Florence, New York Theatre Guide
As the Wicked Witch of the West, Shani Hadjian brought to life one of the most notorious baddies in pop culture, and she seemed to being having fun while doing it. In a production sprinkled with unremarkable-but-palatable original songs, the Wicked Witch sang the only one that stood out.
-Amanda Moutinho, Boulder Weekly
Shani Hadjian [...] plays the Wicked Witch with a wonderfully sharp wit.
- Bob Abelman, The News-Herald
Shani Hadjian was delightfully scary in the dual roles as the Wicked Witch of the West and Dorothy’s busybody neighbour Miss Gulch.
-Paul Gessell, Ottawa Magazine
As the Wicked Witch, Shani Hadjian [...] opened the second act with a wicked performance of “Red Shoes Blues,” one of the new tunes. Her voice could have filled the cavernous theater without amplification.
-Betsie Freeman, World-Herald
As the Wicked Witch of the West, Shani Hadjian enjoys many a scenery-chewing moment. She is at all times wicked, but also quite fun. She also has a chance to show off her powerful pipes during solo, “Red Shoes Blues.”
-Chris Bondi, The Times
The act two opener, “Red Shoe Blues,” is a delicious vehicle for Shani Hadjian as the Wicked Witch of the West.
-Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Red Shoes Blues [...] is given the old Broadway diva treatment by Hadjian who relishes every moment of her character’s malevolence.
-Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald
The star of reinvention, though, is Shani Hadjian’s Wicked Witch, a true original, sexy, gleeful, who savours the snarly spirit of showbiz like someone smacking their lips over a Munchkin carpaccio appetizer. And she makes a splendid moment of the best of the new songs, the witty, cleverly rhymed Act II showstopper Red Shoes Blues, which redresses the obvious wrong that the Witch didn’t have a song in the movie.
- Liz Nicholls, The Edmonton Journal
...the best of the bunch is “Red Shoes Blues,” a big-finish solo for the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West, played with gleeful divalike fire by Shani Hadjian.
- Pam Kragen, The San Diego Union Tribune
The Lady of the Lake, Shani Hadjian, is a standout. She has an amazing voice and the quicksilver ability to sing in different styles, switching at will as she parodies divas from Celine Dion and Liza Minelli.
- Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call
Shani Hadjian (The Lady Of The Lake) has a gorgeous voice and the ability to vamp, scat and growl to add self-deprecating humor to her magnificent stage presence.
-Paul Willistein, The Press Newspapers
From Five Course Love:
And Let's not forget Barbie (Shani Hadjian) as she croons away this love sick ballad, "I Loved you When I Thought your Name was Ken." Hadjian and Grieb present an epic comic duet where nerves and sass interline for good laughs with "Jumpin' the Gun." A tasty and delicious, finger-lickin' hoe-down of a first scene, all three of [the actors] get the audience on board with their performances.
- Amanda Gunther, DC Metro Arts
If you think you can handle... a seductive blonde woman in cowboy boots [Shani Hadjian] you will not only enjoy this play, you'll love it.
- Sakiera Malone, MD Theatre Guide
When the three voices [Hadjian, Grieb, and Rohrer] come together for this number it becomes a breathtaking moment of high tension and hilarious laughs.
- Amanda Gunther, DC Metro Arts
From Beauty and the Beast:
The night's best discovery is Shani Hadjian as Madame de la Grande Bouche, aka the armoire, a former opera diva who bemoans her IKEA hips.
- Sean Daly, Tampa Bay Times
Another standout performance was delivered by Shani Hadjian as Madame de la Grande Bouche, whose over-the-top delivery and eccentric antics never fail to entertain. She hilariously captures the persona of a performer who has been rudely separated from her art.
- Caroline Pavao, Rhode Island Monthly
The true enchantments of this performance can be found in the five stunning ‘objects’ of Beast’s castle. Starting with the larger than life Madame de la Grande Bouche (Shani Hadjian) we find levels of amusement stacked up in her many drawers. The once-been diva now turned bureau gives a lovely performance of up and down emotions that are hilarity at its finest.
- Amanda Gunther, DC Metro Theatre Arts
The wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche (Shani Hadjian) was also a marvel, and gave new meaning to the term shopping in your own closet. Hadjian provided lots of laughs with her spot-on comic timing and was a highlight in a shimmering show full of them.
- Lorilee Craker, Michigan Live
The real stars of the cast are the many supporting characters, [...] Shani Hadjian is absolutely unforgettable as Madame de la Grande Bouche.
- Kory, Cleveland’s New 102
...Shani Hadjian pulled out all the drawers in every scene she was in.
- Bruce Miller, Sioux City Journal
Adding personality and humor [is...] Shani Hadjian's opera-singer parody Madame de la Grande Bouche."
- Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch