“THE BEST MUSICAL OF 2001”
-John Simon, New York Magazine

BEST MUSICAL!     2002 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD NOMINATION

BEST MUSICAL!     2002 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATION

WINNER!     2001 RICHARD RODGERS PRODUCTION AWARD

“A SOUL-SATISFYING NEW MUSICAL”
THE SPITFIRE GRILL IS A COMPLETE WORK OF THEATRICAL RESOURCEFULNESS.
A COMPELLING STORY THAT FLOWS WITH GRACE AND CARRIES THE RUSH OF ANTICIPATION. THE WARM, INDIGENOUS AMERICAN FOLK SOUND OF MR. VALCQ’S SCORE IS, HARMONICALLY AND MELODICALLY, AS THEATRICAL AS IT IS GRASS ROOTS. MR. ALLEY’S LYRICS ACCOMPLISH THE CONSIDERABLE FEAT OF POETICALLY OFFERING INSPIRATION WHILE HOLDING THE SYRUP. THE MUSICAL IS FREEING. IT IS PENETRATED BY HONESTY AND IT GLOWS.”
    -Alvin Klein, The New York Times

“A SOULFUL MUSICAL”
“THE AMIABLE COUNTRY-FLAVORED TUNES AND LYRICS ARE TRANSCENDANT. IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT MATERIAL MOVES ME TO TEARS, BUT THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE OCCASIONS. THE SPITFIRE GRILL HAS THE HEART AND SOUL THAT YOUR PRODUCERS AND FULL MONTYS CANNOT BEGIN TO APPROACH. WHAT EVEN IN NORMAL TIMES WOULD BE A JOY IS, IN THESE TROUBLED ONES, SHEER NOURISHMENT.”
    -John Simon, New York Magazine

“HOSANNAHS TO THE HEARTLAND! SOARING MELODIES!”
THE SPITFIRE GRILL FEELS AS IF IT HAS BEEN TRANSPLANTED TO TIMES SQUARE DIRECTLY FROM AN OBSCURE PATCH OF THE AMERICAN HEARTLAND. THE LONGING FOR A PLACE LIKE GILEAD, WELL REMOVED FROM THE BIG, TROUBLESOME WORLD, IS REAL ENOUGH – PERHAPS NOW MORE THAN EVER. THE SHOW’S CREATORS TAP INTO THAT LONGING WITH UNEMBARASSED DIRECTNESS. AT A TIME WHEN CYNICISM SEEMS DOWNRIGHT UNPATRIOTIC, SOPHISTICATES MAY FIND THEMSELVES POWERLESS TO RESIST. WELL BEFORE THE SHOW REACHES ITS CONCLUSION, MANY OF THE NEW YORK CITY SLICKERS IN THE AUDIENCE MAY BE READY TO ENTER PERCY’S RAFFLE THEMSELVES.”
    -Amy Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal

“AN ABUNDANCE OF WARMTH, SPIRIT, AND GOODWILL!”  
“SOME OF THE MOST ENGAGING AND INSTANTLY INFECTIOUS MELODIES I’VE HEARD IN A MUSICAL IN SOME TIME. VALCQ’S RESONANT, FOLK-BASED ORCHESTRATIONS MAKE THE FETCHING TUNES EVEN MORE ACCESSIBLE AND POIGNANT. OPEN YOUR HEART AND VISIT THE SPITFIRE GRILL.”
    -Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“THE SONGS ARE SHINY WITH TUNEFULNESS, HOPE, AND ALL-AMERICAN INFLECTIONS OF COUNTRY AND FOLK. MR. VALCQ’S SCORE HAS A GENTLE AMERICAN VERNACULAR CHARM. MR. ALLEY’S LYRICS HAVE A MATCHING EASE AND SIMPLICITY.”
    -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“RICH AND SATISFYING! TENDER AND TOUCHING!”
“THE COUNTRY-TINGED SCORE FITS LIKE A FAVORITE FLANNEL SHIRT. LIKE THE COFFEE CAKE SERVED AT THE DINER, ‘THE SPITFIRE GRILL’ ACTUALLY LEAVES YOU WANTING A SECOND HELPING.”
    -Mark Sullivan, Billboard

“THOSE WONDERFUL SONGS!”
“VALCQ’S MELODIES ARE AT TIMES WISTFUL AND ROMANTIC, AT OTHER TIMES STRIKINGLY RHYTHMIC. ALLEY’S LYRICS ARE STURDY AND WELL-CRAFTED.”
    -Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“AN UPBEAT LITTLE MUSICAL WITH A GREAT BIG HEART!”
“VALCQ AND ALLEY’S DISARMING SONGS GENERATE A GLOW.”
    -Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

  “A LOVELY NEW MUSICAL IN THE RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN TRADITION. “
     -Victor Gluck, Associated Press

“A TERRIFIC NEW MUSICAL THAT UPLIFTS YOUR SPIRIT!”            
-David Richardson, WOR Radio