THE WOLF, CINDERELLA'S PRINCE and LUCINDA in
Into the Woods at the
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by James Lapine
Directed by Jenn Thompson | Choreographed by Rhett Guter
"Rhett Guter is a triple treat as Wolf, Cinderella's Prince and one of the Stepsisters. Mr. Guter's ...on-stage, split-second transformation from bravado Princes to girly Stepsister is delightful, ingeniously facilitated by the crinoline skirts wrapping up and around to become sashes on royal jackets. The princes' duet, "Agony", often played as dueling machismos, gets played here, appropriately, as immature, bragging teenage bros."
On The Town at
The Olney Theatre Center
Music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Directed by Jason Loewith | Choreographed by Tara Jeanne Vallee
"She is beautifully partnered by Rhett Guter as Gabey. Whether they are dancing together but apart in “Lonely Town” in Act I or dancing together in the pas de deux to “The Dream Coney Island” in Act II, he matches her prowess and feeling all the way. For two people who have less time together on stage than anyone else, when they speak with their bodies in the dance, it gives one hope for their future."
-MD Theatre Guide
"The romantic leads, Guter as Gabey, the love-stricken sailor, and Claire Ruthbun as the lovely, lonely Ivy are triple threat singers, actors and dancers as shown in their duet “Lucky to Be Me.”
-DC Theatre Scene
"Guter and Rathbun dance divinely together, and he sings with a sturdy baritone that captures longing."
Oklahoma! at the Goodspeed Opera House
Music by Richard Rodgers | Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Directed by Jenn Thompson | Choreographed by Katie Spelman
*Connecticut Critics Circal nomination for Best Actor
*WSJ's Best Musical of 2017
"The best “Oklahoma!” I’ve ever seen."
-Wall Street Journal
"Guter brings a boyish playfulness to Curly (and does a fine job with “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’")"
"Oklahoma! has some terrific performances. Rhett Guter, Conrad Birdie in last season’s Bye Bye Birdie, is superb as Curly, the cowboy. He’s a triple threat."
-The Westfeild News
"Rhett Guter and Samantha Bruce are playful yet tough and are easily believable as hardened residents of a somewhat unforgiving environment. Mr. Guter's portrayal of Curly is subtler and more suave than past Curlys.
(his role in the dream ballet it is truly beautiful)"
"...as our hero, Curly McLaine, Rhett Guter plays his agreeable swagger with a touch of Elvis while also registering the role’s insecurities without overplaying them"
-New Haven Review
CONRAD BIRDIE in
Bye Bye Birdie at the Goodspeed Opera House
Music by Charles Strouse | Lyrics by Lee Adams | Book by Michael Stewart
Directed by Jenn Thompson | Choreographed by Patti Wilcox
*Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
"Topping the list, of course, is the pompadoured Mr. Guter, a terrific dancer whose Conrad is every bit the cocky, preening teen idol. Oozing both smarm and charm, Mr. Guter manages to twitch sexily even with his back to the audience, and he has the stamina to sing lustily even after leading the Sweet Apple teenagers down the primrose path to hedonism in the exuberant dance break of “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”
-The New York Times
"Mr. Guter’s “Birdie” is the best interpretation of the heart-throb - ever."
- Critics On The Aisle
"As played by the riveting, feral Rhett Guter, this Birdie is as bemused by the suburban bliss of Sweet Apple, Ohio, as its denizens are by his hip-swaying histrionics....The show-stopper is the multi-part ensemble-dance odyssey of "I've Got a Lot of Livin' to Do," but Conrad also brings down the house — heck, decimates an entire town — with his earth-shakin' rendition of "Honestly Sincere" in Act One."
-The Hartford Courant