So you say you're good, but who else thinks so?
Curly McLain in Oklahoma! @ North Shore:
Boston Globe: "The aforementioned crooning cowhand is played by Blake Price, and he’s as good a Curly as I’ve ever seen. Possessed of a clear and richly expressive tenor voice, Price makes for a dashing leading man (he somewhat resembles Matthew Morrison of “Glee’’ and Broadway fame), but he also captures Curly’s bantering jocularity and, crucially, his pugnacity."
Theatre Mirror: "The leading performers have fantastic chemistry with each other. Blake Price, who looks like a young, dark haired Matthew McConaughey and Madison Claire Parks, who resembles and sings like a young Shirley Jones, portray Curly and Laurey splendidly. He captures the brash behavior and swagger of a bronco busting cowboy who becomes tamed by his girlfriend in a love/hate relationship which finally blossoms into true love. His first entrance during “”Beautiful Morning” on the back of a big beautiful professional trained horse named Patrick, starts the show with a bang and the rest of the show lives up to this moment. He handles the tongue twisting “Surrey” song as well as the gorgeous ballad with Parks called “People Will Say We’re in Love.”"
Jewish Journal: "But when cowboy Curly McLaine (played with a perfect mixture of cockiness and aw-shucks-ma’am by the talented Blake Price) entered the stage astride an actual horse, the crowd predictably went wild with appreciation."
Geeks.com: "The instant the show started I was gaping at the surprise of a large four-legged creature gracefully walking down the aisle with Blake Price (Curly McLaine) singing ‘What a Beautiful Mornin.’” Followed by a small mishap which was saved by Price’s superb timing. He just kept on singing which miraculously saved the day! Contrary to the line in the song, ‘everything’s goin’ my way’ just goes to show that everything won’t go your way during live theater. The most important thing is how you react and keep moving forward. Blake Price performed as Curly. He made the most memorable entrance onstage that I ever have seen. I just want to applaud Price for his remarkable adlibs to keep the show going. He had a terrific voice and excellent comedic timing."
Wicked Local: "The human performances are energetic and natural, starting with Blake Price as Curly. Price combines a strong singing voice with a performance that handles comedy with ease and subtlety."
Curly McLain in Oklahoma! @ STAGES St. Louis:
Stage Left: "As Curly McLain, the cowboy in love with farm girl Laurey Williams, Blake Price sings beautifully (he has an impressive head voice) and perfectly captures both the character's swagger and underlying shyness.
Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts: Some of the situations are awkwardly stereotypical by today’s standards, but for the most part it’s an entertaining representation of a bygone era both in terms of history and musical theatre, although the casting especially for Curly and Laurey has brought out a sense of timeless immediacy to the story that I haven’t seen as much before.
I’ve seen this show several times before, and I’ve never seen a Curly and Laurey with better chemistry than Price and and Ellis in this production. Every time they are one stage together, it’s electric, and every scene they have together is believable, crackling with emotional energy and attraction, bringing real magic to moments like “The Surrey With the Fringe On Top” and “People Will Say We’re In Love”. Price is an affable, charming Curly and Ellis is a somewhat more deadpan sarcastic Laurey than I’ve seen before, and her more reflective moments are credible as well."
Monty Navarro in A Gentleman's Guide Nat'l Tour:
“As the affable Monty, Price has an “everyman” quality, a regular guy who sees a way to get even with his mother’s judgmental, unfeeling family by letting accidents happen to many of his eccentric (and not particularly likeable) kin. His pleasant, strong voice and genuine hesitation in the midst of moral quandaries let us stay on his side as he sees limbs of his family trees continuously fall.”
“Monty Navarro (tirelessly played by Blake Price)... is on stage virtually every second! This is one of the most amazing aspects of this performance. Mr. Price's energy never wanes, and his character is perfect.”
“As Monty Navarro, Blake Price is both charming and conniving, leading the audience through Navarro's journey from a penniless and disinherited member of the D'Ysquith family to a man willing to commit murder once he learns of the inheritance that should be his. Price plays the part with charm and ease, making Narvarro likable enough that members of the audience at Popejoy Hall appeared to be cheering him on, even as he continued to kill members of his family in order to achieve his goals.”
“Price as Navarro is the epitome of a dapper gentleman. He’s calm. He’s cool. He’s collected. And he’s got such a great plan to become the next Earl. What could go wrong? Price’s stage presence is consistently strong, easily moving between comedy and drama. And judging by the amount of physicality of the role, he has to be on point the entire show. This is Price’s first time on this national tour and coming in, he knew how rigorous the role is. He played it perfectly with a balance of good and evil, all while being a gentleman.”
“Blake Price is a crisp and centered Monty — my favorite performance of the night.”
Fort Lauderdale, FL:
“‘Equity tour snobs’ take note. Yes, I was one, and I learned my lesson this week at the opening of the Ft. Lauderdale stand of the second national tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder--this non-Equity tour outshines many an Equity tour I have seen and proved to be an evening I did not want to end.
This was my first viewing of the musical and I believe it would be hard to find a more beautifully directed, acted and sung production. What a crystalline, charming, and totally enchanting piece of theatre this, indeed, proves to be.”