The Nutty Professor:

"McGowan is tremendous as Stella Purdy, grabbing our hearts with her beautiful rendition of “While I Still Have the Time” early in Act I and never letting go....And McGowan’s crystal-clear voice produces (among other vocal delights) one of the best Broadway belts one will ever hear. She’s simply pitch-perfect as this show’s female lead." -Evans Donnell, Arts Nashville

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"McGowan shows off her crystalline voice to perfection and Hamlisch has done his part in providing her with the show’s big ballad: “While I Still Have the Time” ... McGowan gives a performance that ensures you’ll remember it long after the show’s curtain has rung down."- Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World.  

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  “McGowan is so good vocally that you don’t want to hear her songs end. She’s so fine an actress that she brings you close to tears, as you witness her emotional struggle between true love and respect for King Arthur and her passion for Lancelot.”   -- Stratford Star (CT)

   “The role of Guinevere was taken over brilliantly by Marissa McGowan… no one could have given the role more star appeal and more humanity than McGowan does. And her sweet, pure singing voice is an added plus.” ---- Connecticut Post

Sound of Music:

   “Marissa McGowan is a superb Maria, bringing just the right zest for life to the role…With a beautiful voice, McGowan shows off well in the title song as well as such numbers as “My Favorite Things”, and the well known “Do Re Mi” performed in crowd-pleasing fashion with the children.”  --- Edmond Sun (OKC)

   “Gamine Marissa McGowan, about the size of Captain Von Trapp’s oldest daughter Liesl, was brought in from New York to portray Maria. Surprisingly, because of her smaller than usual stature, McGowan appeared to fit the lead role of the novice sent from the nunnery to look after von Trapp’s children more perfectly than any Maria since Julie Andrews.” --- Edmond Life and Leisure

Les Mis- Weston:

   “Eponine, a chilling waif, played with chilling clarity by Marissa McGowan… nearly brings down the house with her final song “On My Own” which has been an enduring hit tune from the show since it’s premier in 1980.”   ----- -Berkshire Bright Focus

   “Particularly memorable, however, were the performances of Jonathon Root as Marius and Marissa McGowan as the doomed Eponine. McGowan’s warm, clear singing voice, especially in her solo “On My Own” was to die for.”   ---- -The Manchester Journal/ Bennington Banner