Sam Scalamoni, Director

reviews

Beauty and The Beast– Ogunquit Playhouse 

“Director Sam Scalamoni takes that layout and runs with it. His choices – synchronized movement between set, scene and actor – add a colorful layer of interest to the story...Scalamoni populates this world with an abundance of talent, each with strong to outstanding singing voices.”
—Jeanné McCartin, seacoastonline.com


Elf the MusicalElf the Musical – National Tours 2012-2013

“Like a Christmas morning filled with pancakes and presents, the show is a delight from start to finish, and this winning production, directed by Sam Scalamoni, will put smiles on the faces of both children and adults alike.”
“Scalamoni's production isn't skimping on the holiday cheer; rather, it completes it.”
—David Gordon, TheatreMania NY


“Hilarious and heart-warming, this 'Elf' delivers”
“If you're looking for a big, reasonably glitzy, urban-mythologizing, feel-good downtown show that is a good time Elf the Musical really is very funny. And warm.”
“It's really a clever (and gutsy) satirical creation and it tickled me throughout.”
—Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

NY Post Feature on Elf

Elf is briskly directed by Sam Scalamoni.”  “I was pleasantly surprised, for what I expected to be a puerile, cliche-ridden, lowest-common-denominator crowd pleaser turned out to be a smartly written, vibrantly produced, and hugely entertaining crowd pleaser.“
—Cary Ginell, vconstage.com


Elf: The Musical' is a sweet and goofy Christmas musical” “many crowd-pleasing moments that the audience sopped up like plum pudding.”
—Dana Barbuto, WickedLocal.com


ELF THE MUSICAL Proves There is No Place Like Home”
“Director Sam Scalamoni strikes a nice balance between the fantasy of the piece and the reality of a family being slowly ripped apart.”
—Michael K. Roberts, Showbiz Chicago


Elf In Detroit: It’s A Candy Cane Of A Musical”
“The production, directed by Sam Scalamoni, is colorful and lively and full of comfort and joy.” —Martin F. Kohn, CBS Detroit


“It's a crisply paced, high-energy comedy with loads of charm and terrific tunes that stay with you long after the lights have gone up.”
“The entire cast seems enthusiastically invested in this show, for which director Sam Scalamoni deserves kudos.”
—Ron Hubbard, Pioneer Press

“Elf The Musical Lights Up The Fox Stage”
“Sam Scalamoni’s direction moves the story along at a brisk pace.”
“An enjoyable stocking-stuffer surprise that makes for an entertaining and diversionary evening of theater.”
—Christopher Reilly, Alive St. Louis

Les Miserables– Cortland Repertory Theatre

“...director Sam Scalamoni has staged it from top to bottom not just as a showdown between Jean Valjean and Javert, but a teeming portrait of an entire city.” “Scalamoni’s on-the-boil pacing and tempo, results in a show teeming with life.”
—Bryan Van Campen, Ithaca Times


Les Miserables packs a powerful punch...” “...worth every minute.” “This was a stellar show that theatre aficionados should not miss.”
—Katie Keyser Hall, The Cortland Standard


“...creative staging...” “...wonderful early 19th century authenticity and musical excellence as executed by Sam Scalamoni.”
—Tony Curulla, Syracuse.com

The Gazillion Bubble ShowThe Gazillion Bubble Show - National Tour

"The Gazillion Bubble Show mixes aspects of the circus, magic, science and art to form a spectacle that is compelling and exciting.…will make you feel like a dazzled child again that still believes in magic and the wonder available in a little bit of soap and water."—Leah Michaels, Go Local Prov


"I would highly recommend everyone to see this amazing show. I have never seen anything like it and it was totally entertaining."—Gloria Rzucidlo, AmericaJR.com

Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! - National Tour

"MSG Entertainment, Nickelodeon and Broadway Across America announced today that its 12 performance run of the live family production of Nickelodeon Presents Storytime Live!, which recently launched in February, 2010, has broken the record for ticket grosses of a week-long family touring show at Radio City Music Hall in the past decade. Total gross revenue for the production exceeded a staggering $2.8 million." —Variety


Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest - Cortland Repertory Theatre

"Not only do exciting things take place a few inches in front of our noses, but these well-bred people are lying even more often than they’re murdering. Director Scalamoni, previously known at Cortland Repertory for musicals, such as the 2005 production of I Do! I Do!, ratchets up the tension in the second act."—James MacKillop, Syracuse New Times


"Director Sam Scalamoni gives everyone in the ensemble ample time to put skin and bones on the characters, all the better to make them human and relatable and harder to gauge their true character. The result is so ingenious that the only thing that could make it better would be a suspect score card and maybe a prize for the lucky audience member who can put it all together."—David Blatchley, Ithaca Times


"A lot of the fun of Christie's plays is in the distinct and even idiosyncratic characters in them. Director Sam Scalamoni makes sure that the actors have plenty of space to develop their characters, a must if the audience is to be able to keep characters clear as various plot angles emerge. At the opening night performance the capacity audience loved it!"—Neil Novelli, The Post Standard

Jesus Christ Superstar - Hackmatack Playhouse

"And this performance is energetic, well thought out, a little risky, and it's got terrific spirit. And director Scalamoni deserves a lot of the credit. But it's the clean compelling direction of this piece that really makes it shine. Scalamoni's stage is alive with activity. There is action everywhere….It's clearly Scalamoni's vision and careful creation of stage pictures and poignant moments that make this production so strong." —David Greenham, The Tourist News


"Sam Scalamoni directed many of his scenes with the eye of an artist. In many scenes the most minor movement appeared natural, yet staged, as if part of a dance, which gave the scene the appearance of a magnificently executed painting.…rivals and in some instances surpasses the original Broadway…" —Jeanna A. McCartin, The Spotlight

I Do! I Do! - Cortland Repertory Theatre

"Sam Scalamoni does fine work directing this piece. He has the play beautifully paced and uses the sparse sets very effectively. His choreography is simple and clean and makes perfect sense for the characters." —Tom Woods, The Citizen

Dracula - The Bickford Theatre

"But what director Sam Scalamoni's direction is that he keeps things nice and close to the audience. And that keeps spectators on the edge of their seats. ….Scalamoni gives us the best close-ups that the theatre can allow." —Peter Filichia, The Star Ledger

Treaty 321 A Musical - The Lucille Lortel Theatre

"Director Sam Scalamoni keeps the mirth moving throughout, and deftly handles the large cast." — Amy Rhodes, NYTheatre.com