Vincent, Wings Theatre, New York,
Woodson is superb in the leading role, with his clear, confident
tenor/lyric baritone carrying the production. He should be lauded
for simply acting crazy and singing at the same time no
easy feat. He is in nearly every scene and often thrusts the
production through its dry parts...he should be poised for what
looks like an imminent leap to stardom."
- --Show Business Weekly
effectiveness owes much to the persevering performance of Paul
Woodson in the demanding role of the lonely, loveless artist...
van Gogh likens himself to a 'gruff, scruffy dog', but one with
a soul and a human heart. In the end this soul and this heart
infuse Vincent, like the artist himself, with a stubborn
New York Times
notable was Paul Woodson's portrayal of Vincent. With a voice
and physique worthy of Jean Valjean, Woodson created miracles
onstage. He entranced the audience with his energy and intensity.
Likewise, the other members of the cast did a terrific job. One
could see how hard the actors worked -- and it truly paid off.
premiere production is fortunate to have in the title role Paul
Woodson, a compactly built blond tenor with a fair resemblance
to the van Gogh we know from self-portraits. He has an agile,
quicksilver voice that serves him well in scenes in which Vincent
goes off the deep end."
Mitchell's play is worth catching; the story is unforced, the
lyrics are good and sometimes funny, and the whole thing is of
a piece-- not a patched-together effort but an organic unity,
with as much to sing as to say... The book, music and lyrics
succeed in holding the spectators' attention, aided by fine performances
by Paul Woodson, as Vincent, and Mark Campbell, as his devoted
the title role, Paul Woodson is remarkable. His lyric baritone
is clear and effortless, and his acting is superb, which make
his performance consistently riveting and quite often thrilling.
- "The piece lingers
in your head long after it is over, especially the hangdog look
of Paul Woodson, simply spot on as Vincent."
- -- Back Stage
- Floyd Collins, TheatreWorks, Mountain View, CA
Woodson, as Floyd's brother Homer, combines a sibling cheeriness
with an undertone of increasingly weary frustration. All three
[performers] sing beautifully."
Farnsworth is a splendid Floyd, and in his haunting solos and
marvelous duets with Paul Woodson as his brother, you can hear
the future of musical theater being born."
San Francisco Bay Guardian
- Route 66, Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury,
Woodson delights the audience with "Every Woman I Know (Loves
Automobiles)" and his wild white cowboy outfit complete
with a stick horse companion in "Long Tall Texan."
- A Slice
of Saturday Night,
U.S. Premiere, Charles Theatre, Boston
one actor who projects some individuality is the one who has
what is probably the most sympathetic role, Paul Woodson as shy
Rick (he also has the strongest singing voice)."
extremely attractive ensemble charms at every opportunity. Paul
Woodson as Rick had the strongest, most characteristic pop voice,
looking and sounding like a lead singer from any number of bands
from the period."
Ann Gallop (Sharon) and Paul Woodson(Rick)possess the sort of
alchemic voices that songwriters lust for when they imagine duets:
strong and vibrant by themselves, when forged together they become
an entirely new shiny sort of metal."
Woodson has a sweetly androgynous Liverpool tenor and he's the
best dancer around."
- The Secret
Music Circus, CA
Paul Woodson (Mary's father) sings only a little, but it is ear-catching."
The Davis Enterprise