Maxwell Porterfield has a beautiful stage presence, is a generous collaborator and has a voice that leaves audiences "spellbound." With a tone and vocal color that heighten the production quality of show after show, she has the range to sing any leading soprano role in the musical theater repertoire. Her strengths are typified as Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera which requires a sustained E above high C. This is a character she is well versed in, having done over 100 performances of the Maury Yeston version of Phantom. Her ability to perform vocally demanding roles eight times a week with consistent excellence is due to her classical training and technique.
An even more well suited role that Maxwell has championed for over 25,000 audience members is that of Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. Her elegance is fitting for the proper lady that Eliza becomes but what might be less obvious at first look is that Maxwell takes particular pleasure in portraying the unkempt and unfiltered side of the role. So much so that she created a promo of cockney Eliza's take on Beyoncé's "Single Ladies." It is a showstopper and can be found here.
This is one of the many examples of Maxwell's vision and follow through in her creative endeavors. Directors have consistently expressed how well Maxwell takes direction. Her commitment to excellence manifests itself in preparation and genuine presence that is moldable to the vision of the artistic team.
She is currently playing Eleanor Roosevelt in the musical Eleanor at Media Theatre
(Jan 29th- Feb 23rd). In 2019 she played Magnolia in Show Boat (Gluf Coast Symphony Orchestra), Lily Craven in The Secret Garden (The Palace Theatre), and Miss Barley in
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Virginia Repertory Theatre). Highlights from over twenty roles in her repertoire include Julie Jordan in Carousel, Pamina in
The Magic Flute, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio, and Frasquita in Carmen.