Reviews...Something Rotten National Tour - Nigel Bottom
"Richard Spitaletta is also a charmer as poetry-obsessed Nigel. His shy demeanor and sweet singing voice serve as natural lures for lovely Portia (Jennifer Elizabeth Smith), daughter of the bombastic (and probably closeted) Puritan, Brother Jeremiah (Mark Saunders). Nigel and Portia supply what little sentiment the show possesses ("I Love the Way"), but they're also very funny simply gazing at each other in love-struck bliss.” Larry T. Collins, Springfield News-Leader
“Richard Spitaletta plays Nigel Bottom with a wide-eyed innocence that makes Nigel one of the most likable characters in the show. Additionally, when Spitaletta and Jennifer Elizabeth Smith (as Portia) perform together, their brilliant harmonies are paired with undeniable adorability.” broadway.com (Fox Cities, PAC)
"Richard Spitaletta is especially endearing, and he's perfectly matched by his love interest, Portia, played by Jennifer Elizabeth Smith. She's adorably sweet with a hilarious innocence ever-laced with sexual undertones. Nigel and Portia's duet, "I Love the Way," ranks among my personal favorites" broadway.com (The Marcus Center)
"Richard Spitaletta shines as the more sensitive and Shakespeare-loving brother, Nigel." Kathleen Allen, Arizona Daily Sun
"Richard Spitaletta as Nigel tugged at the heartstrings with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith as Portia, singing "I Love the Way" leaving the two girls seated next to me in tears and commenting, "I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!" broadway.com (Overture Center)
“Younger brother Nigel (Richard Spitaletta) on the other hand worships his rival playwright. The adorable awkwardness that Spitaletta brings to this a romantic optimist who wants to follow his heart in all matters, makes him instantly relatable and endearing. broadway.com (The Washington Pavilion)
“Spitaletta as Nigel plays up the sweet and sincere aspects of the role as opposed to his neurotic side, which in turn creates wonderful chemistry with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith as Portia.” broadway.com (Kentucky Center for the Arts)
REVIEWS...Me The People - Triad Theater, Off Broadway, NYC
"The cast are fine singers and fizzy delights, with Mr. Spitaletta and Ms. Weinberger emerging as particularly skilled impersonators." -Me the People: Alexis Soloski, The New York Times. Read the full review.
"A particular highlight comes with a fast-rhyming number about the Russia hacking scandal pulled off with breathless and accented dexterity by actor Richard Spitaletta. Another standout is 'Repeal and Replace' in which Spitaletta, doing an uncanny Paul Ryan, engages with the audience as a politician who pretends to care about their medical maladies." Steven Zeitchik, The Los Angeles Times. Read the full review.
"Richard Spitaletta is Off-Broadway's answer to the quick spitting freestyle of Hamilton; his Russian spy exceptionally spits lyrics faster than Trump sends out tweets. His Jared Kushner is also doggedly funny...Spitaletta and Weinberger are not only incredibly versatile performers, but they're also remarkable in their ability to break the fourth wall and interact with their audiences." Iris Wiener, TheatreLife.com. Read the full review.
"The animated and charismatic Richard Spitaletta is the standout of the cast, vibrantly appearing in
numerous roles. Highlights of his portrayals are a commanding Russian agent spoofing Danny Kaye's tongue-twisting patter song 'Tschaikowsky' from Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark, and a rollicking caricature of Richard Nixon. Spitaletta is an ever-present delight." Me the People: Darryl Reilly, TheatreScene.net. Read the full review.
"There are two standouts...Richard Spitaletta nimbly navigates some fiendish lyrical tongue twisters in a history of the expanding Russian-influence scandal that pays homage to Ira Gershwin's and Kurt Weill's 'Tchaikovsky' from Lady in the Dark; he also amuses as Paul Ryan, outfitted with plastic hair, hawking his health care bill. He and Weinberger excel as the Teflon power couple, Ivanka and Jared. In a riotous parody of 'Good Morning' as seen in Singing in the Rain, they tap up a storm." Me the People: David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America. Read the full review.
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