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Velma Von Tussle in "Hairspray"

 “Merrill Peiffer (Velma Von Tussle) has an incredibly strong voice and was one of the strongest actors in the company, superbly playing the villain you love to hate.” - David Tompkins, BroadwayWorld.com

 “Merrill Peiffer’s thin and angular body shows off wonderfully original and colorful costumes as she aces the role of Velma Von Tussle, the overbearing mother of Tracy's rival Amber. Darting frantically around under a wildly curly blonde wig, Pieffer aces several solos with powerhouse vocals.” - Sally Applegate, Wicked Local

“Peiffer belongs on Broadway, dominating the stage in presence and vocals in her catchy solo, “Miss Baltimore Crabs.” - Jessie Sawyer, Entertainment BOS

 
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Pippi in "The Great American Trailer Park Musical"

"Merrill Peiffer makes her Little Theatre debut in the role of Pippi, and her "The Buck Stops Here" is enough to stop the show it is so good. Welcome to Sullivan and please come back!" 

- Ellen Ferrera, NewsProgress.com

 
Merrill Peiffer as Janis Joplin

Merrill Peiffer as Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin in "Beehive"

"But when Laura (Merrill Peiffer) stomped on stage as Janis Joplin wearing a purple tie-dye outfit and a peace symbol around her neck, she electrified the theatre. Pacing to and fro and hopping up and down, Peiffer belted out "Piece of My Heart", "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" and "Me and Bobby McGee," like nobody's business." 

- Nancy Burns-Fusaro, The Westerly Sun

 
Merrill Peiffer as Judas

Merrill Peiffer as Judas

Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar"

"Peiffer deftly portrays Judas' internal conflicts and devestation. In addition, her voice is a perfect match to the role; a vocal triumph." 

- Jeanné McCartin, Seacoast Online

 
Merrill Peiffer as Mayor and MaFerd

Merrill Peiffer as Mayor and MaFerd

Mayor and Ma Ferd in "Toxic Avenger" 

"So it is for Peiffer as both the Mayor and Ma Ferd, Melvin's mom. Both characters are sassy and distinct. There is a great bit of stage business with Peiffer at the center of it all which is simply superb."  

- Jeanné McCartin, Seacoast Online

 
Merrill Peiffer as Velma Von Tussle

Merrill Peiffer as Velma Von Tussle

Velma Von Tussle in "Hairspray"

"The two vile antagonists, Merrill Peiffer as Mom Von Tussle, and Chelsea Hermann as Amber, are delicious. There's something a bit Cruella de Vil and Miranda Priestly about Peiffer's juicy portrayal.  - Jeanné McCartin, Seacoast Online

 
Merrill Peiffer as Nancy

Merrill Peiffer as Nancy

Nancy in "Oliver!"

"Merrill Peiffer's marvelous Nancy - once a pickpocket, now a high-spirited, street-savvy woman mistreated by Sikes - is a dazzling bright star in the show. Her Nancy, swinging, shaking her ass, belting out her ironies without a smidgen of self-pity, is ablaze, riotous and brazen." - Megan Grumbling, The Portland Phoenix

 
Merrill Peiffer as Patsy Cline

Merrill Peiffer as Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline in "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline"

"Merrill Peiffer plays the title role in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” and nails it with a heartfelt, impeccable performance....Peiffer’s performance is not an impersonation of Cline. Instead, the chanteuse invokes Patsy by performing her quality instrument in Cline-like fashion with all the right vocal expression. In addition, despite the thin script, Peiffer conveys Cline’s journey from neophyte to polished star with her insightful change in presence."  - Jeanne McCartin, fosters.com

 
Merrill Peiffer as Miss Shields

Merrill Peiffer as Miss Shields

Miss Shields in "A Christmas Story: The Musical"

"The strict and demanding Miss Shields is played with incandescent humor and verve by Merrill Peiffer, who is new to the TWN stage. To say she inhabits the role fully would be an understatement. She is outlandishly entertaining." 

- The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, Mass