Select Recent Acting Press

“…elegant storytelling and sensitive performances…Carol Dunne’s spry but unobtrusive direction gives the show a relaxed pace that allows the actors to shine. Mr. Crawford is all wide eyes and shaggy hair as a Paul who’s chosen to ignore deep emotional pain…Because of the actors’ chemistry, it’s easy to believe their characters have known each other forever. Because of their humanity, it’s impossible not to wish we could take away their pain.” (Only Yesterday at 59e59 Theaters Off-Broadway)
- The New York Times (Critics’ Pick)

”…both actors strum and sing appealingly…Sears and Crawford…capture [Lennon and McCartney’s] alternately clashing and complementary personas…there’s plentiful insight into what drew these two brilliant lads together, and what pulled them apart.” (Only Yesterday at 59e59 Theaters Off-Broadway)
- The New Yorker

"Weston's exhilarating production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ captured musical lightning in a bottle...As Perkins, perhaps the most technically proficient of the lot, Tommy Crawford allowed the audience to see the resentment the taciturn performer harbored toward the more famous Elvis, while enjoying some pretty hot licks on electric guitar." (Million Dollar Quartet at Weston Playhouse)
- Brattleboro Reformer

"Crawford...delivered some amazing blues guitar." (Million Dollar Quartet at Weston Playhouse)
- Rutland Herald

”Tommy Crawford radiates the same sweet charm that animates Paul's face…They play vigorous, passionate versions of the kind of music that animated Lennon and McCartney.” (Only Yesterday at Northern Stage)
- Seven Days VT

”Although not looking quite like their Beatles counterpoints, Tommy Crawford as the more serious Paul and Christopher Sears as the wiseacre John soon had you believing that’s just who they were, and their musical abilities were convincing, too…compelling and entertaining storytelling…one of Northern Stage’s best productions ever.” (Only Yesterday at Northern Stage)
- Rutland Herald

"The early scenes when the two characters meet and fall in love are enchanting, with Crawford communicating a winsome innocence...'Farewell to Southampton,' performed at this point in the show, is one of the first instances of the rhapsodic heights to which The Lobbyists’ music can soar. Layer upon layer of harmony, here and in other crucial moments of the story, create some exceptionally moving and exquisite tapestries of sound...This show offers a rare experience, an inspired union of story, music and acting, all performed at the highest level. If you have the opportunity to attend only one show this summer, don’t miss this one."
- Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror (SeaWife at the White Heron Theater)

Tommy’s performance as Percy is “convincing” and “alluring” ...“SeaWife creates a lovely balance of music and stagecraft that provides a most unique spectacle.” (SeaWife at South Street Seaport)
- Entertainment Weekly

The songs are “marvelous,” the musicianship “impressive,” and the performances “alluring.” (SeaWife at South Street Seaport)
- The New York Times

“Among the particularly strong performances: Tommy Crawford’s jovial, if bad-news bringing, messenger” (These Seven Sicknesses)
– The New York Times

“Among the more expert players is Tommy Crawford” (These Seven Sicknesses)
– Backstage

“Sweet, soulful…the excellent Tommy Crawford” (These Seven Sicknesses)

“Tommy Crawford is brightly enthusiastic as Mark...the satiric crux of the play” (A.R. Gurney's Heresy)
– Associated Press

“Crawford is at his best in the honest simplicity of his more unvarnished speeches to the audience”…a “memorable performance…” (Bekah Brunstetter's Take Her to See the Maco Lights)
– New York Theatre Review

“Focused intensity… [Crawford and Sarah Stephens] bring these memorable folks to vivid life via committed characterizations and a smoky chemistry.” (Bekah Brunstetter's Take Her to See the Maco Lights)

“Go-to Bat Tommy Crawford ambles through nearly every piece with a Mephistopholean glint in his eye.” (Nick Jones's The Wundelsteipen)
– TimeOut NY

Select Recent Music Press

"The song that soon follows, 'Sing Me Silence, SeaWife,' is the most haunting of the show. Starting with a simple, lovely melody, it moves through rich chord changes and swells with stunning harmonies. This piece reflects the aesthetics of The Lobbyists at their very best, and I know of few other groups today who can match their range of expression.'
- Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror (SeaWife at the White Heron Theater)

“This Naked Angels ‘concert play’ stars the undeniably talented musicians of the indie–folk rock group the Lobbyists, who sail through a musical tempest of rousing drinking songs, mournful ballads, and rock anthems with brio” (SeaWife at South Street Seaport)
– Village Voice

“[SeaWife is] rocking the house down at the South Street Seaport Museum with absolutely gorgeous music and an insanely talented young cast that all play their own instruments. Imagine a nautical Once but without all the Czech baggage.” (SeaWife at South Street Seaport)
– Broadway Box

"The music directed by Tommy Crawford is especially forceful and resonant throughout, with haunting, propulsive renditions of spirituals and other folk songs performed a cappella by the ensemble, with plenty of stomping and lurching -- work songs for those who want more than anything to find steady work. It's a powerful portrayal of an awfully dark time in our nation's history that can't help but bring to mind how many of its ills aren't over yet." (The Grapes of Wrath with Ubuntu)
- Oakland Tribune / Bay Area News Group

“The arrangements and musicianship [are] beyond impressive.” (SeaWife at South Street Seaport)
-Times Square Chronicle

”And speaking of singing, a top-notch quartet (let’s call them the Fab Four for fun), with music director Tommy Crawford on lead guitar, provides rollicking musical interludes. The musicians bust out Beatles-like favorites using a mixture of traditional instruments (banjo and upright bass), and household items (washboards and spoons). They capture the period’s skiffle sound, a fusion of jazz, blues and American folk, and lend spontaneity and joy to the production.” (One Man, Two Guvnors at Chautauqua Theater Co.)
- The Chautauquan Daily

“ a Greek chorus of one, Tommy Crawford strolled through the rubble, strumming a guitar and singing tough commentaries on the events — music, by the way, that deserves a life after this well-done show.” (The Burial at Thebes)
San Diego Reader

Tommy and fellow Lobbyists featured on Pix 11's Backstage on Broadway with SeaWife at the South Street Seaport: