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And last, but surely not least, is AJ Bridel as Lauren, the second-choice girl who you know ought to be No. 1 in the hero’s heart. Feisty, funny and full of sex appeal, she knows how to get every laugh necessary in her big song of the evening, “The History of Wrong Guys,” while breaking your heart just a little bit. She’s one you’re going to remember.
-Toronto Star (Richard Ouzounian)
AJ Bridel, whose quirky assistant Lauren literally stops the show with a number about her bad dating history
"Bridel — her reputation secured by nuanced, emotionally driven performances that blew away the competition — may well become musical theatre’s answer to Jennifer Hudson"
The whole cast is great, but Bridel is something really special, even though the clutzy, endearing blond you see on stage is nothing like the sleek, sophisticated redhead waiting in the lobby of the Royal Alex.
"AJ Bridel, whose charm, energy and nuanced interpretations were magical."
-The Globe and Mail
"Bridel, for example, has been widely praised from day one as the total package: “fabulous ... fan-tas-tic … an absolute natural … the real thing!” "
Bridel embodies Peter Pan with the perfect combination of impishness and vulnerability not to mention a powerhouse voice. It will surprise no one when she ends up on Broadway.