"While Showgirls! The Musical! is a Peaches Christ production, this vehicle is powered by New York cast veteran April Kidwell, who originated to role of Spoof Nomi Malone. Ms. Kidwell has all the musical theater skills to carry a show, on top of an astounding talent for physical comedy — she can even dance poorly for comic effect or fantastically when she wants to dazzle you. Her singing voice is also solid, and she’s got a Lucille Ball-caliber toolbox of hysterically funny facial emotions that she uses to great effect to mimic Berkley's manic, jerky portrayal of Nomi. But Kidwell's relentless, totally ridiculous nudity is worth the price of admission alone, regardless of your orientation...see it while you can — Kidwell, more than likely, will be performing on bigger stages and screens, with her breasts covered, sometime very soon."
- JOE KUKURA, SFist
"April Kidwell, who also starred in the 2013 Off-Off-Broadway premiere, is a fearless comic performer, delivering her lines like an orc and dancing like an orangutan, even as the script dictates that her boobs be sent flying from the opening scene."
- LILY JANIAK, SFGate
"My stomach still hurts from laughing a day and a half later. I would not at all be surprised to see her show up on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Lorne Michaels should take notice. Robin Williams would be proud."
- BRIAN MCKEVITT, This is Infamous
"I wish that Elizabeth Berkley had a longer career so that April could play more of her characters. If she's not famous, like really, really famous, in five years, then something is not right with the world."
- STEPHANIE MARCUS, Huffington Post
"Kidwell elevates the show to something akin to watching a magic show as a child; just when you think she’s showed you all her cards (not to mention her boobs once or twice, which she does to great comic effect without an ounce of coyness) she pulls off something even better. Her performance is in a class of its own."
- JOSE SOLIS, Stage Buddy
"What really makes Showgirls a MUST-see performance is the star of the show, April Kidwell. She is brilliant as Nomi Malone! BRILLIANT!"
- PEREZ HILTON, PerezHilton.com
"The coltish April Kidwell, as Nomi, is a wonder. Amid an exhausting onslaught of often obvious ribaldry, she is tireless, fearless and performing circles around Elizabeth Berkley’s portrayal in the movie. Her vibrant physicality and knowing humor are a potent riposte to the story’s rabid misogyny. Who says beautiful women can’t be funny?"
- ANDY WEBSTER, The New York Times
"Kidwell was the McSmiths' muse. Her energy fuels the show, and watching her, you get the feeling that she could power a city with her sweat. Her performance is a tour de force. She is at once absolutely ridiculous and straightforwardly amazing. She's got it. She learned it, but they don't teach it in any class. Hers is exponential absurdity – you can imagine Kidwell watching Nomi on screen and replicating her scissor-hands move while Nomi watches Cristal on stage and replicates her scissor-hands move. None of the past productions touch this one because none of them featured Kidwell."
- RICH JUZWIAK, Gawker
"Lucille Ball stripping her way into Goddess at the Stardust!"
- JILLIAN LYONS, The Many Loves Of Jillian Lyons
"The anchor and the star of this show, though, is April Kidwell as Nomi Malone. Kidwell makes Nomi her own, and shows off her broad range of comedic acting skill in everything she does — from twirling on a pole to thrashing in the club, from singing the numbers to violently handling a tray of french fries. Kidwell is a comedic force with a seemingly endless supply of energy and expressiveness. I wouldn’t be surprised if she turns up on the regular cast of Saturday Night Live. In fact, these days SNL could probably use her just as much."
- WESTON CLAY, Theatre Is Easy
"In the role of Nomi Malone, Kidwell not only captures the snarling expressions and exaggerated delivery that have become synonymous with Berkley’s unintentionally hilarious turn in the original film, but also reveals some fiercely acrobatic pole-dancing skills."
- CURTIS M. WONG, Huffington Post
"And April Kidwell. Oh April Kidwell. This quirky, witty comedienne ends up stealing the show by getting in the car that is Jessie Spano, putting it in overdrive and never looking back. Using her full body and voice, she fills every single moment with a manic, caffeine-addicted energy that's perfect for Jessie. She also saves an otherwise dull pageant sequence by simply popping her head from behind the curtain. That’s right. The literal appearance of her face made the audience cheer. That’s talent."
- BRETT EPSTEIN, Theater Is Easy
"I left wanting to marry the girl that played Jessie Spano (If you read this, April, and feel like settling down... holler at your boy. I'll be your Ryan Gosling for days)."
- RUGGY J., Some Guy on Yelp