AWARDS/RECOGNITION

2014 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award Winner
Actor in a Principal Role, Musical - Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Equity Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination
Actor in a Principal Role, Musical - Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Equity Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination
Actor in a Supporting Role – A View from the Bridge

Equity Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination
Actor in a Principal Role, Musical – Oklahoma!

Broadway World Chicago Award Nomination
Actor in a Principal Role, Musical - Hank Williams: Lost Highway

"Hank Williams:Lost Highway" American Blues Theatre, Chicago (Brumlow in title role)
Appeared on Chris Jones' CBS review and featured performer on Chicago Tribune Theatre Loop Video
Featured on Roz Varon's ABC Weekender,
WGN "Dean Richards' Sunday Morning" Featured Theatre Guest and Performer on nationally syndicated radio program
WGN Noon News Hour: Featured Guest Spot Performance on the “Mid-Day Fix"
WGN Morning News Hour: Featured Guest Spot Performance on Morning News
NPR (WBEZ Chicago) - featured performer on "The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia"
CBS Weekend Pick,
“Weekend Pick"–Chicago Daily Herald,
“Top Pick"–Make it Better,
“What to do this Weekend"–Chicago Magazine,
“Highest Rated Shows in Chicago"–Theater in Chicago,
“On the Town-Hottest Ticket"–Chicago Tribune,
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" LISTS:
Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Newcity, Chicago Reader,
WBEZ NPR’s “Dueling Critics", "Chicago Now, Chicago Critic, Windy City Times, LeBon Travel and Culture, Gapers Block, Around the Town, Chicago Theater Beat, Chicago Theatre Review, Chicago Splash


"Nobody Lonesome for Me" (Solo-show about country music legend Hank Williams, Sr.)
"ONE OF THE TOP SOLO-SHOWS OF 2011" - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


American Blues Theater Company Ensemble Member since 2001.
(Formerly American Theater Company)

REVIEWS

"Hank Williams:Lost Highway" - American Blues Theater, Chicago
"For Brumlow, surely doing the best work of his long career, the main assignment here was to act the man and his condition. Brumlow is most affecting in that regard…One buys what Brumlow is selling here, not least because he seems to be living (and dying) rather than merchandising a human commodity… Strikingly honest and guileless picture that could well mean commercial legs and a big fat hit for American Blues. Brumlow nails Williams, sweet, low, and hard."
- Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway, the sharp, witty, deftly shaped musical biography now in a sensational production by American Blues Theater, charts that classic arc of self-destruction. At the center of it all is Matthew Brumlow’s stellar performance in the title role. With his gaunt face, twangy voice, fine guitar-playing, volatile outbursts and shy way of pulling crumpled wads of paper bearing song lyrics out of his pockets, he often feels more authentic than the man you can see in vintage YouTube clips. Matthew Brumlow channels Hank Williams. This is a show about heartbreak that never fails to lift your spirits."
–Hedy Weiss, CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"Midway through the first act in American Blues Theater‘s staging of Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Matthew Brumlow quietly breaks into the aching ballad "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry." The lyrics are sorrow-steeped with beauty, the tone one of irretrievable, soul-deep loss. The moment is pure magic, a portrait of the artist as a troubadour of beautiful sadness. The epicenter of the piece is Brumlow’s embodiment as the gifted, tormented Williams. The actor’s remarkable physical transformation is matched by his vocal channeling of Williams high, lonesome twang and yodel-like arias. It’s a demanding, bravura performance and Brumlow nails it from lights up to curtain call."
-Catey Sullivan, CHICAGO THEATRE BEAT

"Brumlow is amazing! Physically, during the course of the show, he delivers a spry to debilitating performance. Emotionally, Brumlow goes from earnest to tortured over the decade time period. And musically, Matt Brumlow is Hank Williams. He gives twangy vocal stylings and endless wrenching emotion to the lyrics. Brumlow seduces me into the Hank Williams fan club."
-Katy Walsh, CHICAGO THEATRE NOW

"Matthew Brumlow’s embodiment of Williams is all shifty-eyed searching, somehow combining hurt puppy and hunter. Brumlow admirably approximates Williams’s unique, piercing vocal style without sounding like an impressionist."
-Kris Vire, TIMEOUT CHICAGO

A Must See... A superb lead performance by Matthew Brumlow. Williams was one of the greatest songwriters in American music -- of any style -- and this show does his genius justice while exploring the pain it sprang from… Brumlow uncannily re-creates Williams's expressive yodeling style, demonstrating the deeply personal way Williams melded hillbilly and black blues influences.
-Albert Williams, CHICAGO READER

"Anchoring the action is Matthew Brumlow, delivering a portrayal of such transformative intensity as to spur devout secularists in the audience to enthusiastic caroling of "I Saw the Light"
-Mary Shen Barnidge, WINDY CITY TIMES

"What makes Hank Williams: Lost Highway a significant contribution to the musical theatre biopic canon is this piece’s ability to convincingly, simultaneously communicate both genius and tragedy…There is no good reason this show is not staged alongside Beautiful: the Carole King Musical under America’s brightest theatrical lights; it’s that complete… This true ensemble piece is led by Matthew Brumlow‘s recreation of Williams, critically acclaimed a year ago and equally deserving such accolades again… this Lost Highway is cheatin’, lonesome and good lookin’ enough to command sellout performances!"
-Barry Reszel, CHICAGOLANDMUSICALTHEATRE



"Hamlet" - Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis
"Brumlow walks the tightrope of sanity...he has just the right blend of discontent and content. He never completely reveals his cards, veering from cheeky jest to tortured rage in an instant."
-STAGE WRITE INDIANAPOLIS



"Another Part of the Forest" - Writers' Theatre, Chicago
"Highly Recommended...Matthew Brumlow in a breakout performance full of fire and ice"
-CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"The DON'T MISS LIST! A revival full of rousing moments...dashing, forthright Brumlow especially does great work"
-TIMEOUT MAGAZINE CHICAGO

"Matthew Brumlow is a lethal mix of Clark Gable and Machiavelli"
-PIONEER PRESS

"Brumlow slowly takes command of the Hubbard family as Ben in a measured, intense and superb performance"
-CHICAGO CRITIC


"The Games Afoot" - Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis
"Matthew Brumlow is perfectly cast as grandiose actor William Gillette...the onstage activity proceeds with crisp comedic precision...just the right touches of farce, style, and quirkiness."
ASOTT INDIANAPOLIS

"Matthew Brumlow plays the real life actor William Gillette who made Sherlock Holmes famous on the stage. Brumlow is the quintessential eccentric actor. He seems to have blurred the line between the famous detective he has portrayed and Gillette's own life…a literary pleasure and a frothy treat."
STAGE WRITE INDIANAPOLIS


"Brazen, full-spectrum hilarity... The cast is serious about their shenanigans: When they lie and deceive and display their vanity, they do it with the gusto of both inhabiting the characters and being familiar with life in the theater. Matthew Brumlow, an actor who projects a wily daftness that is positively Monty-Pythonesque, filled the role with focused self-regard and a gift for appearing to emerge on the top side of any tangle."
JHUPSTAGE INDIANAPOLIS


"Frost/Nixon" - TimeLine Theatre
“A show that’s uncommonly well cast with the superb Matthew Brumlow’s Jim Reston, the conscience and narrator of the piece anchoring the drama."
-CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“The ensemble delivers fine performances with exceptional work by Matthew Brumlow." -CHICAGO STAGE REVIEW

"Matthew Brumlow is a powder keg of educated fury as outspoken Nixon critic Jim Reston." -CHICAGO'S EXAMINER.COM


"A Streetcar Named Desire" -Montana Repertory Theatre
"Matthew Brumlow’s portrayal of the dark semi twisted Stanley was right on. He had depth and control. Brumlow seemed to relish the part and with each scene he brought the right amount of charisma and charm to the multifaceted character while keeping him what he is, a lost soul on the verge of a breakdown.’
- ARKANSAS TRAVELER


"Oklahoma!" - American Theatre Company
"That sets the stage for Matthew Brumlow's Curly, and his revelatory rendition of 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'. You can all but hear the sun coming up in his voice. Nobody could ever accuse Hammerstein of overwriting the part of Curly. It's all too easy for the character to become Frontier Ken—little plastic man on the prairie. Brumlow's no Ken. He's made a flesh-and-blood presence of the smooth-singing cowboy, an impetuous, sometimes cruel, often joyous and mule-stubborn feller firmly anchored in a deep, abiding love of both the land and his gal."
-WINDY CITY TIMES

"Highly Recommended! Nothing short of a miracle...it feels completely reborn, even revelatory...Matthew Brumlow is graceful, handsome, and easygoing as Curly"
-CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"Faithful to the original yet more truthful, more intelligent, and more entertaining...Matthew Brumlow gives Curly real substance...it's certainly the best Oklahoma! I've ever seen"
-COPLEY NEWS SERVICE

"Visionary...You'll not see a finer acted Oklahoma! Matthew Brumlow's Curly has depth, swagger, and loads of charm...Brumlow sells the songs from the heart...come and rediscover Oklahoma!"
-CHICAGO CRITIC


"True West" - American Theatre Company
“The performances of Matthew Brumlow and Stephen Louis Grush,-two of Chicago’s most exciting young actors,- are just as powerful, as raw, as no holds barred as John C. Reily’s and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s."
-CHICAGO"S "FROM THE LEDGE"


"In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" -Actors Theatre of Louisville
"Brumlow (Leo Irving) blows the stage up with life and color!"
-LEO WEEKLY, LOUISVILLE


"The 39 Steps" - Indiana Repertory Theatre
"Matthew Brumlow is the earnest yet dashing hero, Richard Hannay. He is hilarious and lovable simply because…well, forgive my stereotyping, but it is simply because he is so very English. It is also because Matthew uses his full range of physicality – from splayed instant slumber to the lift of one eyebrow over a modest smirk – very specifically and purposefully, yet seemingly effortlessly."
-INDY THEATRE HABIT

"Brumlow looked almost suave enough to remind you of the film's Robert Donat, with the addition of a puzzled, almost cross-eyed look that seemed perfect for a send-up of the film."
-INDY STAR

“Talent is top-notch and perfectly matched for the task…Brumlow’s drollness as Hannay is made more pronounced and more amusing by sheer contrast to the others…a must see for Hitchcock fans."
-GOTTAGOINDY


"A Few Good Men" - Peninsula Players Theatre
"The production features first-time Players actor Matthew Brumlow, who is outstanding as defense attorney Daniel Kaffee. Whether portraying a sexist jerk at the start or a willful terrier chasing a rat in the thick of the explosive courtroom byplay, Brumlow is precise and volatile."
-GREEN BAY PRESS GAZETTE


"Lombardi" -Peninsula Players Theatre
"FOUR OUT OF FOUR STARS!  LOMBARDI is Solid...Professional Top to Bottom...Matthew Brumlow is engaging as fictional Look magazine writer Michael McCormack, who runs with his all-access opportunity to be a fly on the wall around Lombardi at work and home. Brumlow at his best: Mocking the voice of the great one." -Green Bay Press Gazette

"A Christmas Carol" -Indiana Repertory
"Brumlow who played Scrooge’s loyal nephew Fred, who doesn’t give up on his uncle even when Scrooge is at his most despicable. During a scene that takes place after Scrooge’s transformation, in which he asks forgiveness from his nephew, Fred’s instantaneous positive response conveyed an extraordinary emotional depth. That dramatic exchange pointed to Brumlow’s conside
rable acting skills and artistry in creating a moment that was extremely moving."
-INDIANAPOLIS PERFORMING ARTS EXAMINER

"Nobody Lonesome For Me" - Milwaukee Repertory & American Heartland
"Nobody Lonesome for Me gives us a glimpse of that personal heaven along with the man and musician who inhabits it. It’s a classic real-life story filled with all the perfect components for drama. But it only truly succeeds thanks to the multitalented Matthew Brumlow, who plays the troubled singer. Brumlow completely embodies Williams, from his skinny, tiny frame to his frenetic energy and, at times, violent temper." - EXPRESS MILWAUKEE

"Chicago Actor Matthew Brumlow’s glides from unmistakable southern drawl to signature yodel and strums along to the songs interspersed between one-sided conversations. His expressiveness also conveys the pain caused not only by Hank’s spina bifida and substance abuse, but his disappointing and impoverished past. Brumlow holds the audience with the rapt intensity of praises and curses, of laughter and tears. Killing time between a series of emotional phone calls, Brumlow’s soliloquies detail Williams’ failed marriage and impoverished backwoods upbringing, peppered with bittersweet moments of happiness. Brumlow’s Williams unravels just a bit more with each shot of Jack Daniel’s."
-THIRD COAST DIGEST MILWAUKEE

"Nobody Lonesome delivers...Brumlow can both strum and sing, demonstrating great muscle control as melodies seemingly wrenched from his soul move past frequently pursed lips...among the best shows i have seen in The Rep's cabaret space"
-MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINAL

"If you’re moved and fascinated by the great narrative of American music — in all its pain, beauty and glory — and you admire exceptional acting and the playwright’s art: Go see “Nobody Lonesome for Me" at the American Heartland Theatre. Brumlow captures all of that and more in a performance that is precise, nuanced, subtle — and at the same time bigger than life. Just as his songs would suggest, Hank felt more highs and lows than the average person and Brumlow deftly maneuvers the shifting emotional landscape between the two extremes. There are moments when Brumlow’s vocal performance recalls the recorded voice of Hank Williams with uncanny accuracy. He’s not doing an impersonation, but he finds a way to channel Hank’s soulful, blues-drenched ballads and honky-tonk tunes."
-KANSAS CITY STAR