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F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S


"Hell hath no fury like the working class crushed by the privileged few at the top of the heap, and V. Savoy McIlwain demonstrates that soundly when tackling the titular role of Sweeney Todd. Aloof and detached yet vocally resonant, McIlwain is a monstrous master or perhaps a masterful monster when it comes to traversing the darkened path that Sweeney descends. With a hypnotically dangerous sound, the moment he opens his mouth to sing during “No Place Like London” there is a chill that creeps into the room and does not abate until the show’s finally. McIlwain’s vocal tenacity is second to none in the production and he is not afraid to put his voice out there in numbers like “My Friends” and “Epiphany”, both of which elicited very strong, albeit strikingly different, emotional responses from both character and audience. McIlwain creates a compassionate hell demon in Sweeney; you simply can’t take your eyes off of him whenever he’s on stage."

-Amanda N. Gunther, Theatre Bloom, 2018


"And then there’s that Lord-have-mercy treacherous smooth talking drenched in seduction and maliciousness dryer played by V. Savoy Mcllwain. What that man can do with his hips thrusting, then crouched in saber tooth tiger like position ready to pounce must be seen to be believed.  The dryer tumbles and can overheat and Mcllwain portrays the power with barely contained passion and fury."

-DC Theatre Scene


"V. Savoy McIlwain's Marcello was simply superb. Not only is his voice solid, attractive, and beautifully produced throughout the range, but it also allied to a wonderful alive and vital stage presence. Every look, every gesture energized the proceedings and contributed to the musical momentum of the evening. More of this wonderful artist, please!" 

-San Francisco Classical Voice


"Savoy McIlwain, is another highlight of the evening... The man personifies everything one expects in a world-class boxing coach - smart, demanding and intimidating."

- Opera Today


''V. Savoy McIlwain... tackled Ol' Man River"and received a standing ovation. His rendition of the song was powerful, not only for his gorgeous voice, but for his nuanced interpretation." - DCMetro Theater Arts



Annapolis Opera & Maryland Opera Studio


When          Saturday, August 28, 2021

                    7:30 PM


            Annapolis Opera           
Maryland Hall

 801 Chase Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

NOI Philharmonic & Maryland Opera Studio


Owen Wingrave, Op. 85 by Benjamin Britten

Myfanwy Piper, librettist

Amanda Consol, Director

Craig Kier, Conductor

When             June 6, 2021 & June 8, 2021

                      7 pm to 9 pm

Where           Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University of Maryland

8270 Alumni Dr

College Park, MD 20742

(202) 677-2084

Classical Movements













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Written and Directed by 
Tazewell Thompson

Vocal Arrangements and
Music Direction
Dianne Adams McDowell

When        April 26, 2019 - June 2, 2019


The Kreeger Theater

@ Arena Stage

1101 6th St SW

Washington, DC 2002

(202) 488-3300

1st Stage


​A Civil  War Christmas:

An  American Musical Celebration

by Paula Vogel

When        November 29, 2018 -

                   December 23, 2018


Where       1524 Spring Hill Road

                   Tyson, VA 22102  

                   (703) 854-18564 

Rep Stage


Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim

When         September 6, 2018 -

                    September 23, 2018



The Horowitz Visual and

Performing Arts Center:

Studio Theatre

10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy,      Columbia, MD 21044

United States of America

(443) 518-1500

Round House Theatre


Caroline or Change by Tony Kushner

When         January 25 - February 26, 2017



                     4545 East-West Highway

                     Bethesda, MD 208146

                     United States of America

Signature Theatre


Jelly's Last Jam! by George C. Wolfe

When          August 2 -September 11, 2016


                       4200 Campbell Ave.
                      Arlington, Virginia 22206

                       United States of America

Hung Tao Choy Mei

Leadership Institute


Paul Robeson: On My Journey Now!

When         March 6, 2016


        Millennium Stage 

        John F. Kennedy Center    

        2700 F st NW

        Washington, DC 20566

        United States of America



Washington National Opera




Lost in the Stars by 

        Kurt Weil

(Appearance Cancelled

         due to illness)

When         February 12 - 20, 2016


        John F. Kennedy Center

        2700 F st NW

        Washington, DC 20566

        United States of America


                         Amsterdam RAI



                       Porgy and Bess by

                        George Gershwin


                     March 3 -14, 2015


                     Amsterdam RAI
                    NL 1078 GZ



Chasse Theater



Porgy and Bess by

 George Gershwin


When            March 2-4, 2015



                       Claudius Prinsenlaan 8

                       4811 DK Breda



Townsend Opera


Tawawa House by

Zenobia Powell Perry 


When             May 2 & May 4, 2014


Where        Gallo Center for the Arts

                       1000 I Street,

                       Modesto,  CA


Westedge Opera


Puccni's La Boheme



When             July 26, August 1, August 10, 2014


Where         Ed Roberts Campus

                        3075 Adeline St.,

                        Berkeley, CA



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