Reviews

…for Bright Star (Kennedy Center)

Tall, lanky, loose-limbed goofy dancer/actor/singer Jeff Blumenkrantz as Daryl, the would-be writer and dour keeper of the gate at Alice’s literary agency, steals every scene he is in. He is Bright Star‘s comic relief and great fun to watch.

Susan Davidson
CurtainUp.com
December 19, 2015


…for Sweeney Todd
(NY Philharmonic)

Actor/composer Jeff Blumenkrantz seems an unlikely choice for the Beadle, but he brings a fittingly sinister air to the proceedings. His interactions with Ms. Thompson in the Parlor sequence suggest new colors in the piece.

Stephen Suskin
Huffington Post
March 6, 2014

…for Murder for Two (Second Stage Uptown, New World Stages)

 

Yes, Blumenkrantz plays them all in a tour de force that keeps our jaws hovering near the floor as the actor practically drowns in a puddle of his own sweat. Oh, and he also accompanies himself on the piano, occasionally playing four-handed alongside Ryback. It is thrilling to watch these two performers work. Blumenkrantz contorts his rubbery face and modulates his formidable voice to create 10 different personalities. His characterizations are so clear and specific that little is needed in terms of design to differentiate the roles. A pair of glasses here, a baseball cap there, costume designer Andrea Lauer uses a light brush to accent Blumenkrantz‘s heavy strokes…
Zachary Stewart
Theatremania.com
November 6, 2013
…what makes it so fresh and fun is… the remarkable and protean Jeff… Blumenkrantz’s performance as the many suspects. He’s a gifted comedian, an elastic-faced clown, and also a respectable actor. His rapid-fire character shifts bring this comedy to its most dizzying heights…
Jesse Oxfeld
NY Observer
July 30, 2013
In the razzle-dazzle role of the suspects, Mr. Blumenkrantz whizzes from character to character with head-spinning dexterity, differentiating most only through a capacious grab bag of silly accents and precise, persona-defining gestures.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
July 25, 2013

A production like Murder for Two lives and dies by its performers, and director Scott Schwartz found two aces… But the show belongs to Blumenkrantz. In a very funny, all-stops-out, comic sprint, he portrays everyone from a dweeby Nancy Drew-wannabe niece of the victim, a former dancer with ”m’hip issues” and, most fun of all, select members of a boys’ choir, which allows Blumenkrantz to perform an entire number on his knees using only a baseball cap to differentiate the youngsters. It’s a marathon role, but Blumenkrantz is the first to the finish line.

Jason Clark
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2013

…it’s Blumenkrantz’s high-energy, often hilarious, sometimes touching performance that makes this playful ninety-minute piece stand out.

Goings On About Town
The New Yorker


…for Anyone Can Whistle
(NY City Center Encores)

Edward Hibbert, Jeff Blumenkrantz and John Ellison Conlee are infectiously high on the stench of their characters’ rottenness.
Ben Brantley
The New York Times
April 10, 2010

 

When she and her charges (known as “Cookies”) are turned away by Schub and his cronies (played with appealing cartoonishness by Jeff Blumenkrantz and John Ellison Conlee)…, Fay vows to reveal the plot herself.

Andy Propst
Theatremania.com
April 9. 2010

…for A Class Act (Broadway)

…David Hibbard and Jeff Blumenkrantz, who in the course of their protean duties, turn in wickedly satiric sketches of Michael Bennett and Marvin Hamlisch respectively…

Clive Barnes
NY Post
March 12, 2001

Jeff Blumenkrantz gets the evening’s biggest laugh when he dons a mane of curly hair and some outlandish ’70s duds to transform himself into Kleban’s Chorus Line collaborator, Marvin Hamlisch.
Martin Denton
nytheatre.com

…for Bells are Ringing (Kennedy Center)

She is encouraging to Dr. Kitchell (the zanily nerdy Jeff Blumenkrantz), a dentist who aspires to be a songwriter.

Lloyd Rose
Washington Post
July 18, 1998

 

…for How to Succeed in Business… (Broadway)

Jeff Blumenkrantz‘s Bud Frump, tall, loose-limbed and dim of mind, is a cartoon figure made almost human by the breathtaking, last-minute ploys by which Finch outmaneuvers him from the mail room to the chairmanship.

Vincent Canby
The New York Times
March 24, 1995

Jeff Blumenkrantz, a beanpole with glasses, is terrifically smarmy as Biggley’s whiny, talent-free nephew…

Jeremy Gerard
Variety
March 27, 1995

Charles Nelson Reilly turned Biggley’s nephew Bud Frump into a smug, portly dweeb. To equally good effect, Jeff Blumenkrantz makes him a skinny, nervous and slightly foppish nerd, beset as much by ambition as by incompetence.

Margo Jefferson
The New York Times
April 2, 1995

Jeff Blumenkrantz makes Frump, the hero’s nemesis, into a joyous three-dimensional grotesque, compounding equal parts of Charles Nelson Reilly, Edward Everett Horton, and our own Michael Musto.

Michael Feingold
The Village Voice
April 4, 1995

Jeff Blumenkrantz is especially good as the boss’ obnoxious nephew, the sort of ’50s geek on which Elvis Costello modeled his image.

Linda Winer
NY Newsday
March 24, 1995

…special kudos perhaps to Jeff Blumenkrantz as that deliciously odious streak of nepotism, Frump…

Clive Barnes
NY Post
March 24, 1995

STAMOS MEANS “BUSINESS”
The splendiferous production as a whole – the staging is by Des McAnuff – looks as bright and as lively as ever, and the rest of the cast remains in place. Let me give special kind words to…Jeff Blumenkrantz as that hysteric nerd, Frump.
Incidentally, if they ever need another Finch along the line, Blumenkrantz might be an intelligent choice. (Is he, by any chance, a TV star?)

Clive Barnes
NY Post
Jan. 5, 1996

 

QUIRKY TONY NOMS HAVE BROADWAY FOLKS PUZZLED
Also among the missing: Jeff Blumenkrantz, who comes close to stealing How to Succeed  as the deliciously malicious Bud Frump….

Robert Osborne
The Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 1995

 

…for Damn Yankees (Broadway)

Rob Marshall is the choreographer, and his most relishable work comes in the athletic numbers which feature the endearingly bumbling baseball team [including] the outstandingly gawky and clownish Jeff Blumenkrantz.

George Weinberg-Harter
Drama-Logue
Oct. 1993

Jack Spratt-skinny Jeff Blumenkrantz is a hoot as the hapless pitcher, Smokey.

Christine Dolen
The Miami Herald

 

…for The Pajama Game (Equity Library Theater)

All dance with zest, and a lanky, mop-headed young fellow named Jeff Blumenkrantz shows signs of being able to do more than that if he were given more than a 2 1/2-cent role.

Walter Goodman
The New York Times
November 5, 1986