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The Producers | Greenville Theatre

PRESS & REVIEWS

"The reviews come out a lot faster when the critics leave at intermission."

- Max Bialystock, The Producers

REVIEW: Fun, Energetic GUYS AND DOLLS Opens at Greenville Theatre

Neil Shurly, BroadwayWorld

"As good as the two main couples are, another couple almost steals the spotlight completely. Neel Patrick Edwards and Mitchell Smith are sublime as gamblers Nicely-Nicely and Benny. With great voices and superb comic timing, their energetic duet of the title song is a standout, as is Neel Patrick's showstopping rendition of 'Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat!'"

REVIEW: THE PRODUCERS Marks the Return of Musical Spectacle to Greenville Theatre

Neil Shurly, BroadwayWorld

"The cast is uniformly top notch, fully embracing the over the top absurdity of the piece. Neel Patrick Edwards infuses his Max Bialystock with every last drop of energy he can possibly muster. And then amps it up. But the character needs more than just high spirits, as Bialystock is the quintessential jaded Broadway producer. Combining this cynicism with sparkling personality and crisp comic timing, Edwards makes the most of this showstopping role."

REVIEW: THE PRODUCERS Marks the Return of Musical Spectacle to Greenville Theatre

Neil Shurly, BroadwayWorld

As good as the two main couples are, another couple almost steals the spotlight completely. Neel Patrick Edwards and Mitchell Smith are sublime as gamblers Nicely-Nicely and Benny. With great voices and superb comic timing, their energetic duet of the title song is a standout, as is Neel Patrick's showstopping rendition of "Sit Down Your Rockin' the Boat."

CCC REVIEW: THE PRODUCERS

Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call

For those readers who were at Greenville Theatre’s 2021 season announcement soiree in Jan/Feb 2020 before the pandemic and caught Neel Patrick Edwards' performance (the best of the evening), you had an inkling of what to expect from this young performer. I actually had my doubts about Edwards (not his skills of course) pulling off the maturity required for this role which is at least twice his age, but he sold me by his very first number, “The King of Broadway.” Greenville Theatre mainstay chameleon Carter Allen is perfect in the role of Bloom – neurotic and genuine. And the chemistry with Edwards is innate and seamless in duets like “We Can Do It.”

CCC REVIEW: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call

"Hunchback obviously contains some religious devotional music, and overtones, but the Church does not escape Hugo’s brutal pen either, painting our antagonist Dom Claude Frollo (Neel Patrick Edwards) as a brutal hypocrite, proselytizing to Quasimodo about resisting the carnal desires of adolescence, all the while blatantly pursuing (and aggressively) Esmeralda, who is in love with Phoebus. Young Edwards, who last graced this stage as the comedic Sebastian the Crab in “The Little Mermaid,” embodies a man about three times his age here. His presence and persona in this dramatic turn is piercingly real and he handily dominates the proceeding whenever he is in a scene. Frankly, it’s been long times since I have seen an actor just outright almost walk away with a show on this scale. Hats off, my friend."

REVIEW: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Neil Shurley, BroadwayWorld (via Facebook)

"Tonight Jennifer and I saw Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Younts Center in Fountain Inn. Beautifully atmospheric with a gorgeous light design, wonderful set and powerful voices. Filled with strong performers, it’s well worth the drive for Neel Patrick Edwards alone. He’s always memorable on stage and here he shows a truly impressive depth. Fantastic show."

REVIEW: THE LITTLE MERMAID Soars at the Younts Center

Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call

"And in the crucial role of Sebastian the dancing crab is Neel Patrick Edwards. Edwards, who has played the ship’s pilot, Grimsby and the Chef in other productions of “The Little Mermaid,” including recently at the Flat Rock Playhouse, is dynamite in this part, sparkling with energy and presence and an impeccable set of pipes to match. You read it here first, Upstate:  this college freshman is going places."

REVIEW: SEUSSICAL at the Flat Rock Playhouse

Steve Wong, Blue Ridge Now

"Undoubtedly, the star of the show is Neel Patrick Edwards, a young man from Duncan, South Carolina, who plays Horton the Elephant. In every way, Edwards is a stage performer of talent and daring... This elephantine role calls for an actor of some heft, and Edwards does not shy away from required moral sensitivity and physical largeness required for success.

With a most beautiful singing voice and never-faltering innocence, Edwards gives a performance that any actor — no matter the age — can be proud of. He was last seen by this reviewer in Flat Rock’s “The Little Mermaid,” where he played the maniacal crab-chopping Chef Louis. We certainly hope to see this brave and talented young man in more roles."

AWARDS & SPECIAL MENTIONS

2022 BroadwayWorld South Carolina Regional Theatre Awards

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (Nominee)

for Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (Lord Pinkleton)

 

Greenville Theatre 2021-2022 Joanne Woodward Awards

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL!

for "Guys and Dolls" (Nicley-Nicely Johnson)

2021 BroadwayWorld South Carolina Regional Theatre Awards

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (Nominee)

for "The Producers" (Max Bialystock)

Greenville Theatre 2019-2020 Joanne Woodward Awards

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL!

for "The Producers" (Max Bialystock)

Carolina Curtain Call’s Critic Picks of the 2016-17 Theatre Season

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR!

for “Beauty and the Beast” at SCCT and “The Little Mermaid” at Flat Rock Playhouse

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