Cultural Attache (Blog), Craig L. Byrd's interview w/Rob Colletti (Dewey Finn, School of Rock National Tour) 2018
"I guess Carolyn Brady was my Dewey. She was my first ever theatre and music teacher in high school. I went to a Catholic High School [St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL] and she really went against what you would anticipate a traditional curriculum in a Catholic high school to be. She exposed us to the musical theatre classics, Buried Child by Sam Shepard, The Laramie Project. We actually got to read plays and we would do readings in our theatre class to see what the story would feel like. It wasn’t just theatre. She showed us video of operas and concerts by people who made a difference in her life. And art.
I grew up playing sports my entire life and in high school I actually started acting by accident. I auditioned for a play my freshman year. I went with a friend who walked by my locker and said “do this thing with me.” I ended up getting the lead role. Ms. Brady said “You should do it. You’re really good.” I ended up doing every show the whole time I was in high school. I wouldn’t be here without her encouragement. She opened my eyes to how different your world could be by going out of your comfort zone.
Chicago Tribune, Kerry Reid, September 22, 2011
“…… and Carolyn Brady Riley’s Ms. Pennywise (the brassy matron of the public urinal) are standouts.”
Wednesday Journal (Oak Park, IL), Doug Deuchler, September 20, 2011
“Tough-as-nails Penny Pennywise (Carolyn Brady Riley) collects all the fees. Riley is a standout with her song, ‘It's a Privilege to Pee’ ".
Chicago Sun Times, Hedy Weiss, November 17, 2006.
“The large, fresh-faced cast .......... they do full justice to the score when they band together under Carolyn Brady Riley's musical direction. “
Daily Herald, Barbara Vitello, November 17, 2006
"........when they came together for numbers like "Meet Me in St. Louis;" the cheery period tune "Skip to My Lou" and the splendid, wonderfully staged "Trolley Song," the cast sounded glorious. Kudos to music director Carolyn Brady Riley