"Since seeing Standby, more than once I have reflected on my own life and pondered what it means to put the past behind me and face the future. Resulting in a mixture of emotions and set goals, it’s apropos that this show brings forth the theorist in all of us and helps us handle those rough patches in life."
"If there is one choice that you have to make today, it should be to buy a one-way ticket to Standby at this year’s NYMF. This is a trip you’ll never regret."
-Gianfranco Lentini (NYTheatre.com)
"With its brilliant concept and flawless execution, Standby is one of the best new shows out this season."
"The songs, written by Amy Baer (music), Keith Robinson (music), Alfred Solis (lyrics), and Mark-Eugene Garcia (lyrics), are begging for a cast recording."
-Norma Perez-Hernandez (Letters from the Mezzanine)
“ An incredible life changing experience that shows they are here for a reason, to let go of the demons we can't run from and embrace the good parts of life. A moving and powerful tribute to life!" - Cheryl Bear, New Play Exchange
[G]o on the ride and connect with the characters via emotion, there is much to hold onto in this new musical. Several of my fellow audience members were brought to tears, and it was clear that they were very affected by the journeys unfolding in front of them.
-Molly Marinik (Theatreiseasy.com)
“Standby—with music by Keith Robinson and Amy Baer, and book and lyrics by Alfred Solis and Mark-Eugene Garcia—successfully takes on difficult subjects even as it hews to straightforward musical-theater conventions.”
“The show's core issues carry enough weighty baggage to make a smooth lift-off challenging; not every musical could pull off a number about combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, for example.”
“ Standby delivers a first-class experience.”
- Scott Woolage (TimeOutNY)
“[T]here’s “Standby –– The Musical” that dares to tackle the taboo subject of suicide. This is a delicate task for any seasoned dramatist, but relative newcomers Alfred Solis and Mark-Eugene Garcia, who wrote the book and lyrics, deftly strike a balance between heartache and hope. Ultimately, the work is not about death, but the triumph of the human spirit.”
- David Kennerly (Gaycity News)
“Standby packs a full length production's worth of songs in its economical eighty minute running time. Many of the numbers music by Keith Robinson and Amy Baer) are catchy, leaning primarily on pop music-styled ballads with some soul and rock thrown in.”
“It is commendable to embrace subject matter that reaches beyond the typical themes of the traditional Broadway musical. The creative team is taking chances here.”
“Like the brilliant musical Next to Normal, Standby strives to embrace tragic human drama, and there are weighty messages about redemption and living through great heartache.”
- Jason S. Grossman (NewYorkTheatre.com)
"Alfred Solis and Mark-Eugene Garcia’s concept, book and lyrics will catch you by surprise with their realism, rawness and unquestioning truth."
"This hot, emotionally-stirring pop musical has five strangers meeting at an airport. “Are we connected?” is what we say and do we affect somebody else? Can we forgive ourselves? Do we stand by in our own lives?"
-Suzanna Bowling (Times Square Chronicles)
“The performers are excellent and their musicianship superb. The arrangements and harmonies are extremely good. And the song “To Feel Alive” is as uplifting and life- affirming as anything can be.”
- Oscar E. Moore (Talkentertainment.com)