Press and Reviews

3/1/13 “Hairspray” Stage Scene LA

“And speaking of said prince, dreamy could easily be Nick Echols’ middle name as teen heartthrob Link, with vocal chops to match his tall, dark, and handsome good looks.”

3/1/13 “Hairspray” Van Nuys News Press

“Link Larkin, the teen heartthrob of Corny’s show, is played by Nick Echols who does a real nice Elvis like imitation and can really rock a tune! “It Takes Two” and with Kimmy and the whole cast, sing “Without Love” and is amazing to hear Nick sing with Kimmy.”

3/1/13 – “Stay On The Line: A Rock Musical” Stage Scene LA Review

“Echols’ 90210-ready looks and physique make him an ideal choice for hotline hottie Luca, while Rich could be equally at home with Kurt and Blaine on Glee, and both exhibit triple-threat talents in their big production numbers.” Read More.

11/28/10 – “Peter Pan”    ArtsMemphis Online Review

“The cast of 53 “plus one” is incredibly talented, enthusiastic and animated. Their musical and dancing efforts on Saturday night were rewarded by enthusiastic applause throughout, culminating in an uproarious standing ovation that must have brought a thrill to the young cast, as the cast had thrilled the audience. ”

8/19/10 – “Drowsy Chaperone”   Go Memphis Review in the Commercial Appeal.

“Playhouse’s “Drowsy Chaperone” is pure energy from start to finish. There’s nothing drowsy about it. The entire cast is made up of bona fide scene-chewers, and in this musical it’s more than just welcome; it’s required. The chaperone’s sole duty is to keep Janet Van Der Graaff, a wealthy young film star played by Jenny Lynn Christoffersen, out of trouble before she marries the dashing Robert Martin (Nick Echols). But Robert creates trouble of his own — blindfolding himself so as not to accidentally see his bride before the ceremony.”  Read more.

7/27/10 – “Drowsy Chaperone”Broadway

“You’re unlikely to have as funny an evening of theater this season as you will at this hilarious, side-splitting show.” -WNBC-TV
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7/8/10 – “Hairspray”  Memphis Flyer Review

“With Hairspray, the Playhouse team finally seems to feel at home in its new state-of-the-art facility…Hairspray, which is confident, brash in its goofiness, and as tasty as a deep-fried Baltimore crab cake.”  Read more.

6/29/10 – “Hairspray”   Go Memphis Review in the Commercial Appeal.

“Let’s hope that “Hairspray” is the first of many home runs for the theater. If future productions are as fine-tuned as this one, Broadway tours will have a run for their money.  Here’s some gratuitous praise for the poster: “Outstanding! From its opening number to its closing bow, ‘Hairspray’ is quirky, campy fun. Well done!”  Read more.