THE BIG BANG Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown
"...the potato famine with Brightman's funny and touchingly performed ode, as Paddy O'Gratin, to the last spud in Ireland"
Bill Moss, Hendersonville Lightning
"He later has a great turn as Hitler gal pal Eva Braun in a nod to World War II...
The honest chemistry between Treadway and Brightman powers this piece from start to breathless finish.
Tony Kiss - Ashville Citizen.com/Ashville Scene
ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES“Treadway and Brightman are clearly comfortable with this sort of zany approach and quickly have the house in nonstop laughter.”
Madcap mayhem!!”... just saw "The Big Bang," a non-stop hilarious 90-minute two-man musical about two would-be producers pitching to investors their idea for a 12-hour (with breaks for meals) about the history of the world, from the Big Bang forward. Scott Treadway and Julian Brightman kept us in stitches with their madcap banter, cleverly improvised costumes, and excellent singing. Scott and Julian moved around so that no portion of the audience ever felt slighted. Bravo, Flat Rock Playhouse!
THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, THE SMELL OF THE CROWD Bickford Theater, NJ
“What is a treat is Julian Brightman as Cocky, in a breakout performance that is the best on this year’s musical stage. He has all the Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel moves that the role requires. Lon Chaney may have been the “Man of 1,000 faces”, but Brightman doesn’t have many fewer. He sings with force and passion, too.”
Peter Filichia - NJ Star Ledger
“What would happen if NJ professional theater did bestow awards? Using the Tony Awards as a template, here’s what might happen...Winner Best Actor in a Musical: Brightman - this charming, gamine performer captured our sympathy as Cocky, a nice guy who learns to stand up for himself. He also captured our admiration after he sang “Who Can I Turn To?” and “The Joker”.
Peter Filichia - NJ Star Ledger
“Especially praiseworthy is a truly delightful performance by Julian Brightman...the diminutive Brightman delivers a lovingly multi-layered performance. His Cocky, dull and shrinking at the outset, blossoms throughout until he positively glows...makes his performance his own. I much look forward to seeing more of this fine young actor.”
Bob Rendell - Talkin’ Broadway.com
“...a gifted professional...Brightman’s Cocky is Everyman and no man...sings and mimes with dramatic fervor...”
Naomi Siegel - The New York Times
HELLO,DOLLY! - Broadway/National Tour
"In the small role of Stanley...Julian Brightman gives happy intimations of future stardom. " Octavio Roca - San Francisco Chronicle
For those inclined to say, "I was there when ...," watch for Julian Brightman, a gentleman in the chorus who answers to the name "Stanley" in the big title number. He obviously has been paying attention to Miss Channing, showing amazing comedic abilities, terrific timing, and a wide smile that lasts for days. Brightman is someone to watch. He'll definitely be going places. Rick Sincere- News and Thoughts Online
THE FANTASTICS - Fords Theater, DC
“A new talent who last came thru DC in last fall’s tour of Hello, Dolly!...the stage lights up every time he enters, and dims when he departs. Brightman projects great energy, boyish naivete, and intensity-all at the same time...his “I Can See It” is simply the best rendition of that song I have ever heard...he has an impish vitality that guarantees some measure of stardom.” Rick Sincere - The Metro Herald
“Brightman turns in a stellar performance...unusually fine singing voice...acting is focused and engaging...Brightman is small and puckish, and has acting skills every bit as impressive as his clear tenor voice.” Richard Gist - Aisle Say Internet Magazine
“A fresh-faced actor who has a baritone fashioned from pure silk. It’s the kind of voice you long to hear in musical theater - powerful, but not overbearing, dulcet, but not cloying, dramatic, without resorting to the “mela-.” Randi Shulman - Hill Rag
“...of the numerous productions I’ve seen over the past 30-some years, I cannot recall a Matt better than Brightman’s. For once you have a Matt who is not sappy, but honestly smitten by Luisa. A welcome change. Roger Meersman - Journal Newspapers
PICK OF THE WEEK***
- Julian Brightman is another of those NYC super-talents that rarely has time to do a cabaret show - but when they do, the shows are the best value in town. Catch him in his new show, "Live at the Duplex" and experience another hidden treasure of the Big Apple. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Stu Hamstra - CabaretHotlineOnline.com
"TENOR BRIGHTMAN LIGHTS UP THE ROOM"
“It’s nice to have Brightman back in the Theater District where he belongs...ebullient...a buoyant spirit that warms a room...and an appealing naturalness...his spirit-lifting ability to move well...memorably precise yet playful movements...” Chip Defaa - NY POST