Rooms: A Rock Romance

2009 Helen Hayes Award for OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL, (in a tie with Chita Rivera) as Monica P. Miller in ROOMS. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Rooms' With A View of Punk Love(...full article

DC THEATRE SCENE: Rooms' Natascia Diaz and Doug Kreeger(...full article

DC THEATRE SCENE:  I fell in love with Natascia Diaz at the Kennedy Center’s 2001 Sondheim Festival when she played the role of Petra in A Little Night Music, and stole the audience’s hearts with her gorgeous rendition of “The Miller’s Son”. Since then, I have followed her career closely. Off-Broadway, I saw Natascia in the Zipper Theatre’s production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris three times. My copy of that cast CD is one of my most cherished possessions. And who could forget Natascia’s performance as Rosalie in The Kennedy Center’s recent gorgeous production of Carnival? So when MetroStage’s Artistic Director Carolyn Griffith called me a few months ago to tell me Natascia was going to recreate her 2005 NYMF performance as Monica in Rooms at MetroStage, I was ecstatic. “Bring the Future Faster,”  introduced me to Monica, who yearns for a better tomorrow. Natascia performed the song with gusto, intense yearning and optimism. I almost shouted, “Go Girl!”, but I behaved myself.  (...full article

TALKIN' BROADWAY:  "Diaz has the flashier role and audiences can't take their eyes off her, whether Monica is breaking out her rock-star fantasy in the privacy of her bedroom or dealing with the negatives of her relationship with Ian."  (...full article

VARIETY:  "Diaz steps up to vocal and acting assignments that demand plenty of range and stamina. Diaz has developed into an extremely versatile singer, equally at home delivering a heavy punk rock composition from Goodman as she is with a delicate score from Stephen Sondheim or John Kander."   (...full article)