(McCleary's) choreography, aided by dance captain Timmy Hays, is superb . . . The production features riproaring singing, dancing, and acting . . . Rendell DeBose, as Bobby (the role originated on Broadway by James Monroe Iglehart) and Jonathan David Randle as Gator, who begins speaking after years of muteness brought on by seeing his father lynched as a child, balance each other in their respective comic and serious roles, and perform their parts to perfection. Chuck Caruso, as the beleaguered radio station manager driven crazy by Huey, but who can't fire him because Huey brings in too much revenue, generates lots of laughs. Pat Sibley, as Huey's hardworking, but poverty-stricken mother, manages to come across as sympathetic, despite her initial racism.
- Broadway World