Broadway World, 11/24/17, “2018 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL Program Revealed." Lua Hadar will give a multi-lingual concert titled Our Common Humanity evoking the heritage of civilization with original lyrics and score. Read the article
Broadway World, 11/2/17, “San Francisco International Arts Festival presents A WINTER MOON CELEBRATION." “Guests will participate in a special lunar ritual, be serenaded by international vocalist Lua Hadar... " See the page
Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 11/9/2016, “When in Rome: Songs of the ‘La Dolce Vita' Era” See the page
Interview with DJ Francesca and on KPOO radio. 11/4/2016, DJ Francesca interviews Lua about “When in Rome" at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on Francesca's show “Do I Move You". Hear the full interview
Becoming Italian Word by Word, 11/3/2016, “Singing in the Italian Language" by Dianne Hales. “Lua Hadar, an international vocalist, speaks four languages and sings in seven, including Malagasy, the native tongue of Madagascar. But Italian brings out something special in her: ‘my passion.’” Read the Feature Article
San Francisco Chronicle, 6/22/2016, Datebook Columnist Leah Garchik, “A Friday night variety show in S.F." “Lua Hadar, in red cocktail dress and backed by her tuxedo-wearing combo, Twist, sang When in Rome, Italian songs of the ‘La Dolce Vita’ era… Audience members were approving…” Read the column
Twitter, 6/17/2016, Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi raves about “When in Rome". See the tweet
San Francisco Chronicle, 6/7/2016, mentioned by Columnist Leah Garchik, at Italy’s Republic Day, St. Francis Yacht Club. Read the column
Lua Hadar sings the national anthem for Italian Republic Day and Nancy Pelosi. Video
Broadway World, 5/25/2016, “Lua Hadar and Jazz Trio Twist Perform Jukebox Hits in ‘WHEN IN ROME' at The Italian Cultural Institute" “Lua Hadar has been an Italophile since she can remember, living in Italy several years while touring as a performer, becoming fluent in the language and falling in love with all things Italian…” Read the feature article
Bay Area Reporter, 7/9/2015, Arts & Culture, “C'est Magnifique" photo feature. See the page
L'ITALO – AMERICANO, 11/26/2015, “Il Cabaret Comico di Lua Hadar: la canzone umoristica fra San Francisco e la Valle Camonica" by Roberto Natalini. “An evening of fun in the tradition of of Italian variety shows and American musicals, bringing to the stage a unique, cross-cultural and artistic production...Una serata all'insegna del puro divertimento e della tradizione degli spettacoli di varieta' all'italiana e musical americani, capace di portare in scena una produzione artistica interculturale unica nel suo genere." Read the Italian interview – Read Lua's Answers (Eng)
Music Industry News Network, 11/13/2015, “Cabaret Comico: A Salute To The Comic Singer & Songwriter" “Lua Hadar’s New Performance Group is dedicated to deepening intercultural communication through the performing arts, arts education and cultural exchange to bring an awareness of our common humanity to audiences and participants.” Read the release
Broadway World, 11/7/2015, “Cabaret Comico, San Francisco's Version of Italy's Comic Cabaret Festival to Return in November" “...bigger and funnier than ever; an international laugh-fest with local entertainers, designed to tickle San Francisco's funny bone. Victor Borge said, ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.' When the audience laughs together, we can feel our common humanity. We need that." Read the article
Interview with DJ Francesca and Rita Abrams on KPOO radio. 11/6/2015, DJ Francesca interviews Lua and Emmy-award winning songwriter Rita Abrams about Cabaret Comico 2015 on Francesca's show Do I Move You. Listen below
San Francisco, Italy, A Culture Connector (Blog of the SF Italian Consul General), 10/7/2015, “It’s Super Fun: it’s “Cabaret Comico" “If you’re looking for quality original comic song and Broadway musical comedy numbers, you don’t need to a book a ticket to New York. Instead, stick around San Francisco and check out Cabaret Comico: A Salute to the Comic Singer & Songwriter mid-November in San Francisco.” Read the blog
EPR Travel News, 7/3/2015, “...to the Swan Bar in Paris, where, on a return engagement, she previewed “C’est Magnifique!” to an enthusiastic full house before bringing it to San Francisco’s Society Cabaret for its first run in November 2013. The show was reprised last year and became a Society Cabaret tradition, presented each time with a different featured instrumentalist.” Read the article
AXS.com, 6/30/2015, Interview “C'est Magnifique! Lua Hadar responds to Bastille Day" “And while I revel in humanity’s wonderful differences, I have also come to realize that no matter what the language, the songs all talk about the human experience, which is common to us all.” by Carol Banks Weber. Read the interview
Independent Music News 24, 3/19/2015, Press Release “Vocalist Lua Hadar and Pianist Jason Martineau" – Celebrate 10 Years On Fire Jubilee Concert by News Staff. “A jubilee is an anniversary, commemoration, celebration,” says Hadar, “but it also means ‘on fire’ like cherries jubilee (flambé). I feel musically on fire every time I sing with Jason Martineau, and that’s how it’s been for 10 years.” Read the article
Vallecamonica Distretto Culturale News, 10/17/2014, “A San Francisco un weekend dedicato a Dallo Sciamano allo Showman" Read the webpage
San Francisco Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi raves about Cabaret Comico, 10/17/2014. See the tweet
Italian Press from Corriere della Sera, Bresciaoggi, Giornale di Brescia. See the articles
AXS.com, article 8/9/2014: “Better to Be Understood Than Glorified: Jazz artists respond to good reviews" by Carol Banks Weber. “Hadar has an expressive reach beyond her shores, bringing as much music from other countries as possible — to go deeper than a pleasant melody and a tight band." Read the full article
Talkin’ Broadway, 11/18/2013, Review Lua Hadar: “C'est Magnifique" by Patrick Thomas “…by the time she delivered her version of ‘L'Accordioniste,' introduced in 1940 by Edith Piaf, she was firing on all cylinders. She gave us a lovely down-tempo interpretation of Charles Trenet's ‘La Mer,' and a French version of Cole Porter's ‘Night and Day.'" Read the full review
EMusic, CD Review, “Lua Hadar: Like a Bridge 9/2013", by Musicscribe “Lua Hadar has always delighted listeners with her ability to cross all barriers and create a cosmopolitan jazz sound. Drawing from 7 languages, Hadar can please in any language. Her diction is authentic and so is her voice. Her band Twist are equal partners, creating the fabric that binds Hadar’s creativity and offers the skilled vocalist a springboard to deliver varied textures and colors on each of these delightful and fetching cuts. Hadar bridges each language eloquently while connecting pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret concepts."
Broadway World, 9/8/2013, “Lua Hadar to bring Jazz Ensemble to Yoshi’s Oakland, 9/30/2013" by Music News Desk. “I want the audience to get the feeling that humanity shares common struggles and joys, that we are all united. As a group, these songs in languages of five continents are bridges from us to our audience. We hope that we can each be to one another ‘like a bridge.'" Read more
EJazz News, 9/1/2013, Press Release. “Fresh from a success in Paris, Lua Hadar brings her cosmopolitan jazz ensemble Twist back to Yoshi’s Oakland to celebrate the Official Release of their DVD, ‘Like A Bridge.'” Read the full release
San Francisco Bay Times, 6/13/2013, feature article Lua Hadar Fosters World Unity One Audience at a Time by Shelley MacKay. “‘We can, each one of us, be a bridge between a country and another country, or a person and another person, or an idea and another idea,' she shares. ‘We can create bridges and if we do that in our small world, then our small world becomes a microcosm for...the larger world and the goal is unity and harmony in our world instead of strife and terrorism.'"
Examiner.com Arts and Entertainment – National Jazz Music feature article, 4/17/2013, This year’s Indie Music Awards affords artists like Lua Hadar a wider audience, by Carol Banks Weber “As much as the music was about world love, the technical aspects to bring out such broad-reaching, multi-cultural feelings were quite impressive – and probably earned them a justifiable nomination." Read the article
Indie Music Awards Nominates Like A Bridge DVD. Read more
KCSM Desert Island Jazz with Alisa Clancy, 3/8/2013. As special guest “castaway” on the Bay Area’s most renowned jazz radio show, Lua brought selections from a dozen divas who have influenced her as a vocalist, in tribute to International Women’s Day. Hear these selections as Alisa and Lua talk about them and what their influence has been on the development of Lua’s style. Full one-hour program with songs in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew plus a cut from the new CD, Like A Bridge. Click here for the playlist
Pop Culture Classics – Celebrating the Icons of Pop Culture, 2/11/13, Pop Culture Classics' Recommended CDs, DVDs and Books, by Paul Freeman. “LUA HADAR WITH TWIST – ‘LIKE A BRIDGE'” – “The San Francisco artist builds musical bridges across all boundaries. She has a gorgeous voice, which she channels through numerous languages, including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. In any dialect, Hadar’s vocals are emotionally charged and meaningful. Pianist/music director Jason Martineau brings an appropriate worldliness to the impeccable arrangements. Fresh approaches enliven such numbers as ‘Child of Man,' ‘San Francisco,' ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water' and Jobim’s ‘Imagina.'”
Examiner.com – National Jazz music, 2/5/13, “Lua Hadar gives cosmopolitan jazz a Twist for Musically Minded Academy" by Carol Banks Weber. “Not a lot of jazz artists are trying to do what Bay Area vocalist Lua Hadar already does on a regular basis. She and her band Twist go global wherever they gig, taking world-wide influences to heart in jazzy, dishy remixes.”
KGO TV – What’s Hot – 11/15/12 ABC TV San Francisco Bay Area announces the debut of Like A Bridge. See it
Improvijazzation Nation, 11/18/12 review by Rotcod Zzaj. “Lua’s vocals are just as attractive and alluring as my first encounter with her music … What separates her, I believe, from all the other ‘lady jazzers' is her broad travel and theater experience… truly a world-class performer, Lua gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
Examiner.com – National Jazz music, 11/14/12, “Global jazz takes the spotlight" by Carol Banks Weber. “When vocalist and executive producer Lua Hadar sets her mind on something, she goes global. The vocalist went global recently on her TWIST band’s new CD/DVD, ‘Like A Bridge.' …A world-traveled jazz vocalist, Hadar constantly seeks to bring people together through music… Her band is as diverse as her ambitious dream to unite the world through music; they come from all over…" Read the full review
Broadway World 10/6/2012, article by Movies News Desk. “For Hadar, music is much more than club dates, even though she’s appeared in the best of them, from Yoshi’s in Oakland to the Iridium in New York. Lua is a genuine – and fervent – voice for the power of music to change the world. ‘Our new DVD encourages people to be like a bridge to each other in promoting understanding of differing languages, cultures, and ideas,' Hadar says." Read the full article
Cabaret Scenes 9/2012, review by Steve Murray. “Hadar and the band bring a jazzy world beat to the local classics. One doesn't need to know the language to enjoy the spirit embodied in the music here.” Read the full review
E-Jazz News 8/21/2012, review by Cameron Vanderscoff. “Lua Hadar and Twist approach jazz as a linking genre, and point out that through melody, through instrumentation, through exploration, through language, it can become something closer to a global music—it can become not just a genre, but a bridge.” Read the full review
This is Book’s Music 9/2/2012, review by John Book. “She brings the world to you, and now it’s your chance to explore the planet and say that Lua Hadar inspired you to get there."
Straight No Chaser 8/4/2012, podcast by Jeffrey Siegel. “Hadar and her band take a decidedly global approach to reinventing tunes without losing the spirit originals. Martineau takes a world beat approach to ‘Bridge', and Hadar glides through the song on a wave of sonic bliss, sparked by solos from horn player Larry De La Cruz." Listen below
The Borderland, UK – 8/3/2012, CD review by John M. Peters. “There is a strong sense of timeliness throughout the album, thanks to the various languages it feels like one is drifting around the world. Lua Hadar brings out the inherent dramatic essence in all these songs and I imagine a live performance will be quite something to behold."
Talkin’ Broadway – Sound Advice, 7/26/2012, CD review by Rob Lester “Singing in seven different languages, Lua Hadar's rich voice and strong, commanding presence and overall musicality transcend language barriers… pure pleasure in listening to her magnetic power… compelling confident vocals… intriguing instrumental work… great variety and power… certainly beautiful and often hypnotic.” Read the full review
Midwest Record – Entertainment Reviews, News and Views, 7/13/2012
“…she and the band nail it live in the studio...sophisticated...another fine example of adult chill."
Critical Jazz, 7/12/2012, CD review by Brent Black “…incredibly intriguing hybrid of, say, cosmopolitan jazz with some delightful world flavor...An effervescent swing, a dynamite range with passionate phrasing, Hadar is nothing if not the consummate entertainer…first call band of international talent with an innate gift of swing and the ability to reinvent tunes without disrespecting the originals or themselves… extreme talent and delightfully entertaining...A breath of fresh air at a time the world in general and music specifically are in dire need. A true winner!"
CMJ Top Jazz Adds, 6/30/2012. Like A Bridge scores #1 on the CMJ list of radio stations adding new jazz titles.
San Francisco Chronicle, 6/3/2012, Bay Area arts and entertainment picks by Kathleen Dixon. “Hadar's fascination with world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her band, Twist." See the page
Times Square Chronicles, 5/22/2012, review by Joe Regan Jr. “Hadar is a well known advocate of world peace and ‘Like A Bridge' encourages people to be like a bridge to each other; to promote bridging languages, culture, ideas...Impressive...brilliant...an international group of superb musicians...an extraordinary achievement." Read the review
Lua’s interview on Pacific Coast Television, 1/10/12, with the late Joe Marchi on his final show Regards to Broadway. Lua and Joe discuss the upcoming CD, Like A Bridge, and The Bridges Project. Watch the video
KPOO Radio 89.5 FM. 6/18/2010. Lua interviewed by Francesca on her show, Do I Move You. They discuss Lua’s recent cultural exchange concert and master class in Lille, France, as well as her upcoming Solstice Party show at the Eureka Theater. Listen below
SF Bay Times, 4/1/2010, Jazz and Cocktails, “Night & Day in the Bay" by Mike Ward.
“LH: You might hear an Italian pop ballad, such as ‘In Qualche Parte del Mondo' by Luigi Tenco, which I learned while living in Italy; we turn Cole Porter’s ‘Night & Day' into a funk à la français because I am an incurable Francophile. The arrangements all speak the language of jazz, but we are influenced by Latin, pop, funk and international cabaret. That’s why we call the band Twist."
Radio Campus 5/23/2010, Lua Hadar interviewed on Radio Campus, University of Lille. Listen below
La Voix Du Nord, 5/22/2010, Actualité Lomme-Lambersart “En tournée en France pour « French Connection », la chanteuse Lua Hadar aujourd'hui aux Tisserands" “Lua Hadar dirigera une «master class», ce matin, avant le concert prévu en soirée." See the feature article
La Voix Du Nord, 5/18/2010, Actualité Marcq “Chantiers de l'Inédit: Lua Hadar, une Américaine à Lomme"
Sortir Lille Region, 5/19-25/2010, Concerts. See the page
All About Jazz, 5/20/2010, “Lua Hadar with Twist at the Cornelia Street Café, NYC" by MS Nieson “And not only could she pull off the French with due charm, but her voice offered the full roundness and savor of a vintage Bordeaux…the tiny stage blossomed forth each time Hadar took to the mic… we were transported to a place beyond language, beyond words—pure yearning, perhaps…" See the page
Jazz Inside NY, 4/2010, Performance Spotlight. See the page
Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 11/2009 – featured in SceneMakers with the legendary Marilyn Maye, Terese Genecco, Barry Lloyd, and Linda Kosut. Photo by Kingmond Young. See the photo
Jazz Police, 10/21/2009, “The French Connection: Lua Hadar" by Maxwell Chandler
“MC: You refer to your music as ‘Music without borders.' What is your conceptualization of this?
LH: My objective in singing an eclectic song list is that the audience gets to experience a feeling of unity. … so that they can feel one with the other people in the audience, listening to the concert. I feel like world music has a very altruistic objective of helping to create world harmony." Read the full interview
Jazz USA - Vol. 13 Issue 10 - 10/2009, “Lua Hadar – with Twist" by Ray Redmond, “…a real vocalist with some long range and power…Clear and vibrant…beautiful… " Read the review
Cabaret Scenes Review by Steve Murray, 10/2009. “…seamlessly bridges the culture gap with her delightful and thoughtful new show…Her beautiful mezzo soprano combined with a superb collection of musicians creates the sound and atmosphere of a Paris music hall… I felt I understood the content without speaking French…" Read the full review
Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 9/2009, by Steve Murray. “...the show features new arrangements of international standards, original songs, and of course, lots of French tunes..." See the page
Examiner.com – 9/19/2009, Jazz Music Examiner, “Lua Hadar's ‘Jazz without Borders' criss-crosses continents musically" by Carol Banks Weber. “There’s a little bit of the Broadway, the cabaret and exotic French to jazz singer and San Francisco Bay area vocalist Lua Hadar’s intimate, engaging performances… ‘The French Connection' is a part of her worldly charm." Read the article
San Francisco Chronicle, 9/13/2009 – Pink Section Datebook, “This Week" See the page
KUSF Radio 90.3 FM, 9/12/2009, DJ Fari interviews Lua in English and plays selections from Twist’s latest CD, on Fari's French bilingual show, “Franco Fun". “Voici donc le détail de l’émission du 12 septembre. Mon invitée était Lua Hadar. Une chanteuse américaine mais qui chante également en français. Elle avait un concert le 13 septembre, donc j’ai voulu l’aider à promouvoir son concert."
KPOO Radio 89.5 FM, 9/4/2009, Lua interviewed by Francesca on her show, Do I Move You. Listen below
TV Interview: Regards to Broadway, 9/09/09, Channel 26. Lua was the featured guest on Joe Marchi’s show, broadcast on September 9, 2009. See a 10-minute montage of the 30-minute TV show and interview
Northside San Francisco 09/09 “Lua Hadar makes a French connection" by Bruce Bellingham, “…an electrified performance…" Read the article
Broadwayworld.com – Lua Hadar brings French Connection to the Rrazz Room. “Just back from Paris and following acclaimed performances in New York and Bangkok, Lua Hadar presents an afternoon of ‘jazz without borders.' The show features new arrangements of international standards, original songs, and of course, lots of French tunes." Read the full article
Pariscope, 7/22-7/28/2009 – Musique section, page 41. See the page
Luna Kafé – The Global Music Inn (Sweden) 4/9/2009 by Anna Maria Stjärnell. “Lua Hadar and her band play a vivacious brand of jazz on their new record, mixing songs in an inspired fashion...Hadar's own ‘No Borders' is a swinging number with a cool chorus...This is a fine album." Read the full review
Jazz News 2009 – Press Room – Lua Hadar performs at Swan Bar in Paris. “‘It's a particular thrill for me to be performing in Paris, with my dear friend and longtime musical associate, Sheldon Forrest,' says Hadar. ‘I've been passionate about cultural diplomacy my whole life. When performing abroad, we really have a chance to make a positive person-to-person impact on international relations.'" Read the full article
Jazz Dimensions, 3/19/2009, “Lua Hadar with Twist – ‘World Jazz'", by Michael Arens. “She makes the other side of the world seem just a stone’s throw away…” Read the full review in German
BVS Reviews, 2009, “Lua's Flavorable World", by Bruce Von Stiers.
“...a thoroughly entertaining jazz vocalist..." Read the full article
Metro Spirit, 12/4/2008, “Lua Hadar ... with Twist", by J. Edward Sumerau.
“This review only needs one word really – WOW!" Read the full article
Improvijazzation Nation, 12/8/2008, “Lua Hadar with Twist", by Rotcod Zzaj.
“...well-crafted jazz with high soulfulness and spirit." Read the full article
HMP Magazine, Department of Virtuosity (Poland), 10/2008, “Lua Hadar with Twist", by Mikolaj Furmankiewicz “...an astounding command of [her] voice... her name should be spotlighted worldwide."
HMP Magazine, Department of Virtuosity (Poland), 10/2008, “It's About Time", by Mikolaj Furmankiewicz “...Great artistic individuality... her vocal is not only passionate, but also seductive."
The Bangkok Post, Outlook, 10/1/2008, “And All That Jazz", by Jennifer Parks.
“...a cosmopolitan mix of original, international and standard jazz tunes ‘twisted' in a surprising fusion." Read the full article
Sound Advice, 10/5/2008, “Lua Hadar with Twist", by Rob Lester.
“Styles and sensibilities make for interesting, cross-pollinating musical bedfellows. Lua brings an elegance and dignity- a mix of funkiness … sultry, art song, jazz, and Latin ... I like it more with each listen, as I did with her prior album." Read the full article
CabaretExchange.com, 7/11/2008 – “Lua Hadar with Twist" by Tyler Kent.
“Samba tempi alongside Cuban melodies mixed with a healthy dose of medleys from the Great American Songbook never disappoint and always keep you on your toes." Read the full article
SGN Arts & Entertainment – 6/6/2008 – Bits & Bytes, by Milton Hamlin.
“It was a high-energy show … a night to remember. Hadar, a vision of energy and vocal talent, in a smashing red/pink outfit, was wonderful in every song, with every gesture." Read the full article
San Francisco Chronicle, 5/5/2008 – Pink Section – Nightlife – See the page
Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 5/10/2008 – “Lua Hadar – Twist" by Joe Regan Jr., New York City. “What an exciting evening San Francisco-based jazz vocalist Lua Hadar treated us to at the Iridium in a performance celebrating her new CD, ‘Twist.' When Hadar sings in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian or French, you don’t have to know the language because she communicates dramatically what she’s singing about… a stunning evening…sheer beauty… every selection was dramatically on the nose…she rocked… her physical presence and body language remind one of the great Latin, Abbe Lane, at her peak. The evening was pure pleasure!" Read the full review
CabaretExchange.com, 10/25/2007 – “Surprising Twist: Lua Hadar Blasts Through the Boundaries With Her New Band" a review by Nancy Tierney. “It’s obvious that Hadar and her new ‘Twist' are having a great time creating something daring and unique in style, sound and genre, and it is exciting to hear a show in which you never know what is coming next but it’s sure to have you either bouncing in your chair, misty-eyed, or wonder-struck by how a song in a foreign language can speak so clearly to your own heart.” Read the full article
CabaretExchange.com, 10/08/2007 – “Vocalist Lua Hadar with Twist - crossing lines of genre, style and language" by Jonathan Farrell. “‘The genesis of TWIST really began years ago,'” says Hadar. ‘I’ve sung music ranging in genre from classical to jazz to musical theatre, Italian pop, French cabaret, and so on. Now it’s become a fusion; the boundaries have fallen away.'" Read the full article
Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 7/9/2007 – “… French/Italian numbers that emphasized her inclusive range and world view…ranged from bossa nova, swing, jazz waltz to ballad…" by Steve Murray. See the page
San Francisco Bay Times, 5/24/2007 – “…her mix of songs — ‘crossover' she calls it —shows off her range from playful up-tempo selections to glamorous slower ballads." by Linda Ayres-Frederick. See the article
Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 5/2007 – “...a show that promises sexy Italian ballads..." by Steve Murray. See the page
Live on KGO radio with the Jason Martineau Trio, 3/31/2007. Listen below
San Francisco Bay Times, 3/22/2007 – “Plain and Fancy: Sweet and Saucy!" by Linda Ayres-Frederick. See the article
Northside San Francisco, 2/2007 – “Swinging Singer Lua Hadar, Riding High" by Bruce Bellingham. See the page
San Francisco Bay Times, 1/4/2007 – The 10+ Best Shows of 2006 by Tom W. Kelly. See the article
Northside San Francisco, 12/2006 – “A few of our favorite things..." by Arts and Entertainment Editor Bruce Bellingham “…She has a knack for digging up some beautiful, excruciatingly sad Italian tunes..." See the page
San Francisco Chronicle, 11/12/2006 – Pink Section – Headliners. See the page
Cabaret Scenes Magazine, 9/29/2006, Review by Les Traub for Lua’s September performance at Hollywood’s legendary supper club, The Gardenia “…exuberant… lovely soprano voice… powerful…confident… She was able to make the familiar sound fresh… she can easily get to the emotional heart of a ballad…” See full review
Romantic Traveling.com, 5/2006, Review by Sheila O’Connor. “The ‘It’s About Time' project was inspired by life’s events and by Dr. Allan B. Chinen’s book of fairy tales, Once Upon a Midlife: Classic Stories and Mythic Tales to Illuminate The Middle Years. In the ‘middle tales' the magic of heroic youth disappears and is replaced by new wisdom gained from life experience…” See full review
Cabaret Hotline Online, 4/2006, Review by Stacy Horn. “By nature, cabaret performance is about intimacy—a daunting concept. A younger singer who hasn't yet processed life's lessons will fall flat. But Lua has the maturity to tackle the format. She opens up and reveals herself to the audience—the mark of a good cabaret performer. Lua is a wonderful actress who seeps into her characters…” see full review
Cool As Hell Theatre.com, 2/2006. Michael Rice interviews Lua. Listen below
TalkinBroadway.com, 12/22/2005. Review by Rob Lester
“...Tremendous variety…rich voice…luscious tone…sensitive and poetic…she finds the longing and uncertainty without missing the comedy…" see full review
Serves You Right Radio Show, 11/05/2005. Interview by Stephen Valentino & Holy Rudin-Braschi. Listen below
Independent journalist review, 10/17/2005. Review by Jonathan Farrell
“The way Hadar describes her life with humor and deep reflection is the type of intimacy that an audience seems to be craving…" See full review
San Francisco Bay Times, 10/13/2005. Review by Tom Kelly
“...Tremendous!...she wows...gloriously exotic...triple threat..." see full review
J Weekly, 10/07/2005. Feature article by Dan Pine
“(The show and CD) are about my coming of age emotionally in the middle third of my life..." see full article