THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC
Cast standout Marcus Terrell Smith...the actor who really brings this production home is Marcus Terrell Smith as Jim, the runaway slave who accompanies Huck on his picaresque journey down the Mississippi River...Smith transcends the squirm-inducing aspects of his character with a palpable compassion and a honey-smooth voice that shines in the gorgeous"River in the Rain" and the soaring "Free at Last."
- Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic
BIG RIVER, THE MUSICAL
Just as the audience nestled into being provided equal parts light-hearted Tom-foolery and gently rippling songs, Smith let loose the full timbre of his voice…[he] melts our cares in a gently blended harmony, his tone so soothing that its crime is the anticipation stirred in hopes Smith will solo again, soon.
- Jennifer Haaland, The Examiner
TALKIN' BROADWAY REGIONAL NEWS
Smith plays Jim with perfect conviction. He flawlessly evokes the highs and lows of this character, from the high of believing there is the possibility that he will be reunited with his wife and children, to the low of finding himself once again in chains. Smith's singing voice is clear and can be both quiet and lush or forceful and loud. It is a stirring performance.
- Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway
ART MUSINGS, ONCE UPON A RIVER...
Each time Smith launches into song, you’ll wish theater tickets came with a rewind/play button. He’s been performing since the age of nine, training with both the Phoenix Children’s Chorus (based at Phoenix Center for the Arts) and the Phoenix Boys Choir. He’s a fine actor and vocal powerhouse whose work in “Big River” is truly exceptional.
- Lynn Trimble, Arts Writer