Conductor John Baril obviously has taken into account Weill’s classical and pop sides, give space to the former and pizzazz to the latter. If you see only one production in Central this summer, this is the one!
— Denver Post July, 1999
Kudos also to John Baril and solid pit orchestra, …giving the jazzy-bluesy Broadway sound of Weill an energetic interpretation.
— Rocky Mountain News July, 1999
It takes a stage director with the mind and heart of Michael Ehrman and a conductor with the intelligence and insight of John Baril to bring this off.
— Daily Camera July, 1999
…Best Ensemble of 1999
— Westword Best of Denver December, 1999
Conductor John Baril…kept a tight rein on the fascinating score, and his musicians reveled in the variety of color, rhythm and texture demanded of them.
— Colorado Independent July, 1999
There is a feeling that when the orchestra gets there and the conductor is there that the show is out of [the director’s] control. The tempi don’t change with Baril as conductor…[you] don’t have to worry about a tired conductor that causes the whole thing to slow down.
— Out Front Colorado July, 1999