Rent / New Line Theatre

Angel, the drag queen and glue that holds this troupe together, is played with considerable charm and style by Luke Steingruby. Steingruby is a marvel, he displays very good vocal range, and he kicks it hard with the sprightly delivered “Today 4 U”. – Broadway World

And then there’s Luke Steingruby’s arresting drag performance as Angel, who for all her bizarre ensembles and imposing height is the sweetest girl on the block. Steingruby and Marshall Jennings sing the show’s best love song, “I’ll Cover You,” with an uncommon combination of verve and tenderness. – Judith Newmark, STL Post-Dispatch

Some wonderful voices are demonstrated in the course of the two-and-a-half-hour show, most notably Luke Steingruby as Angel and Anna Skidis as Mimi. Both persuasively act their lyrics as well as sing them. – Mark Bretz, Ladue News

Collins (Marshall Jennings) and Angel (Luke Steingruby) establish an immediate rapport during “You Okay Honey?” Collins is an anarchist/college professor who’s just been mugged, and Angel is a transvestite who aids him. Their mutual attraction is immediate and real; their genuine, unconditional love is the heartbeat of the show. While everybody else thrashes about blindly, these two sail smoothly right up to their inevitable end. – Riverfront Times

Marshall Jennings is impressive as Collins, a gay college professor who gets mugged on his way up to Mark and Roger’s apartment. Immediate sparks fly when he meets Angel, a cross-dressing street musician who comes to his rescue, in a beautifully honest portrayal by Luke Steingruby. Jennings’s smooth, deep vocals are well matched with Steingruby (who makes a gorgeous woman, by the way) in their duet, “I’ll Cover You”. – St. Louis Theatre Snob

In another off-kilter romance that seems perfectly natural is Luke Steingruby as the cross-dressing performer Angel and the heart-of-gold Tom Collins, another wonderful performance by Marshall Jennings. From a WWI soldier in “All Is Calm” last year to the sweet Marilyn Monroe look-alike in “Rent,” Mr. Steingruby proves his versatility. – Stage Door St. Louis

The relationship between Collins and Luke Steingruby’s more Zen-like, more ladylike Angel was so cool, so believable, so sweet, that Collins’ eulogy was almost unbearably emotional. And this reading of Angel really supported our choice to make her a literal angel for the second half of Act II. – Scott Miller

Advertisements