Matt Crowle

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REVIEWS

the producers - leo bloom - mercury theater chicago

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"Matt Crowle may just be the definitive Leo Bloom...  I've seen many Leos in my time, beginning with the first one, Matthew Broderick...  Truly, I think Crowle is the best of all...  This won't come as a total surprise to anyone who saw his Patsy in "Spamalot"...  Crowle, whose talents are insufficiently praised on a national stage, just layers in more precise observational beats...  He's out there, but also real and vulnerable. Crowle's secret is his level of detail - one hilarious take after another...  I cracked up all night at the Mercury Theater just watching what he was doing...  Truly, a Leo to remember, Mel Brooks fans."

                    -Chirs Jones, The Chicago Tribune

"There is one major reason to catch this production, and his name is Matt Crowle...  Crowle uses his brilliant comedic skills to perfection.  In fact, forget about the role’s originator, Matthew Broderick. Crowle, a wiry actor and superb dancer — whose face performs a choreography all its own — has grabbed hold of Leo and made magic of every second of his stage time...  He (and his pale blue security blanket ) give an award-worthy performance that I’m very glad I didn’t miss."

                    -Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times

"As Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, Chicago clown princes Bill Larkin and Matt Crowle reign supreme."

                    -Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

"For a show that has non-stop laughs, get to the Mercury Theater to see the two funniest players in Chicago: Bill Larkin and Matt Crowle as they manically lead the laughs in The Producers."

                    -Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com

"Mr. Larkin is perfectly matched by the outstanding Matt Crowle.  After recently impressing as Albert Peterson in Drury Lane's Bye Bye, Birdie, Mr. Crowle makes this role all his own, another part seemingly written expressly to fit his talents."

                    -Colin Douglas, ChicagoTheatreReview.com

Monty Python's Spamalot - Patsy - Drury Lane Oakbrook

"...omnitalented performer, Matt Crowle, who was in the original Broadway production, makes a side splitting Patsy..."

                    -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

"Matt Crowle winningly suggests spine as well as pathos as King Arthur's Beckett-like, wholly taken-for-granted sidekick, Patsy."

                    -Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times

"With spot-on comic timing, terrific stage chemistry (especially from Matt Crowle as Patsy), Spamalot unfolds as a swiftly moving musical comedy."

                    -Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com

"[Kortemeier] is ably supported by the brilliant Matt Crowle as his squire, Patsy.  A Broadway actor resembling a young Tommy Smothers, Crowle possesses a bright, clear tenor, incomparable choreographic skills, and a winning sparkle and charm."

                    -ChicagoCenterStage

Singin' In The Rain - Cosmo Brown - Drury Lane Oakbrook

"...the rubber-legged Matt Crowle as Cosmo Brown was particularly effective.  Crowle is quite funny as he choreographed his own vaudeville tap duet, 'Fit As A Fiddle', plus the zany and cleverly hilarious 'Make Em Laugh', as well as 'Good Morning'.  This is a breakout role for the amazing Matt Crowle."

                    -Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com

"The exceptional Matt Crowle gives a knockout, pratfall-filled solo turn in 'Make Em Laugh'."

                    -Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times

"...Crowle finds a charismatic through line and unpredictable life as a highly enjoyable Cosmo Brown."

                    -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

"Some of the best scenes happen when Crowle is on stage, including the hilarious 'Make Em Laugh' and 'Moses Supposes'.  It's fitting that Crowle shares choreography credit - his impressive dance skills and wiry frame make him the perfect vehicle for slapstick."

                    -Chicagoist

"Crowle is sensational, nearly stopping the show with 'Make Em Laugh', a number he also choreographed."

                    -The Daily Herald

"...Matt Crowle is outstanding and absolutely steals the show as Cosmo Brown...Crowle's Cosmo is a hilarious cross between Groucho Marx and Danny Kaye."

                    -ChicagoTheatreReview

Mary Poppins - Bert - Paramount Theatre

"Crowle, who is this show's other major asset, fully catches the darkness of a role that should not be played as overly cheery."

                    -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune      

"[Rohm] is matched step-for-step, note-for-note by Matt Crowle’s sensational Bert. Mr. Crowle’s “Chim Chim Cher-ee” touches the heart, his aerial ballet during “Step in Time” thrills, and his charming production number with Ms. Rohm and the entire company, “Jolly Holiday” is unforgettable. These two actors create a magical duo that area audiences will not soon forget. Like Ms. Rohm, Mr. Crowle was born to play this part."

                    -ChicagoTheatreReview

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Hysterium - Porchlight music theatre

            2015 JEFF AWARD - BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

            2015 JEFF AWARD - BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

"Perfectly hilarious...The performance I most enjoyed came from Matt Crowle who plays Hysterium but who knows that means he is to be anything but hysterical.  Just twisted like a pretzel."

                    -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

"Crowle's 'winsome' drag sequence is perfection."

                    -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"The funniest performances come from Bill Larkin as a wily slave and Matt Crowle as a panicky one."

                    -Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader

"As Hysterium, Matt Crowle demonstrates his great gift of physical comedy."

                    -Robert Bullen, Huffington Post

Bye Bye, Birdie - Albert Peterson - Drury Lane Oakbrook

"In the role of Albert Peterson, the nerdy music producer and mama's boy, is Matt Crowle, a lithe dynamo who moves like a dream."

                    -Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times

[title of show] - Hunter - Northlight Theatre

"Crowle is deliciously restless and entertaining...the production is quite witty, nicely sung and, especially when Crowle lets loose, injected with intermittent spark."

                    -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

Young Frankenstein - Dr. Frederick Frankenstein

Saint Michael's Playhouse

"Crowle takes control of Dr. Frankenstein with a breezy intensity and focused charisma that holds together all the madness swirling around him."

                   -Burlington Free Press

Hello, Dolly! - Cornelius Hackl - Gateway Playhouse

"Matt Crowle is a standout as Cornelius Hackl...  Not only can he dance up a storm while keeping to his nerdy character, but he also later sings a ballad, 'It Only Takes A Moment', with moving simplicity."

                    -The New York Times

"...for crowd-pleasing schmaltz, it's hard to top Crowle's 'It Only Takes A Moment' valentine..."

                    -Newsday, Long Island