"Robert Cuccioli, who starred in the double lead
role in the 1997 Broadway production of
"Jekyll & Hyde," turns in a stunning
as sarcastic court composer Antonio
Salieri. Slyly venomous and obsessively jealous of
Mozart's musical mastery, the aging, dying Salieri
relates, in a series of graphic flashbacks, the
subtle but ruthlessly manipulative acts that
destroyed Mozart's career and ultimately his life.
Cuccioli, who has triumphed in recent seasons at
the Garden State theater as Mark Antony, Brutus and
Macbeth, remains onstage throughout the play,
creating a chillingly authoritative characterization
laced with fury and cunning wit........"
NJ Star Ledger
"Cuccioli, in Joe Discher's magnificent staging, ultimately
makes a bigger impression. Except for a 15-minute intermission, Cuccioli
never leaves the stage of the Madison playhouse. For 2Â½ hours, he must
do Peter Shaffer's superb play right here and now, and do it right.
He does. ........"
"A stunningly wry performance by Robert Cuccioli as
Salieri ........................................Salieri is one of his
Robert Cuccioli to establish a strong rapport with the audience from the
beginning as his Salieri takes us on a journey into his past. Cuccioli's
cunning but pathetically deluded and twisted Salieri is not so much evil as he
is a clueless victim of the failure of his simple faith.
My Central Jersey.Com
good actor worth his salt would probably give his eye teeth to play Antonio
Salieri in "Amadeus.".......Apparently,
Robert Cuccioli wasn't required to make such a sacrifice. We know that he
still has all of his teeth because he sinks them firmly and quite
thoroughly into the latest production of Peter Shaffer's popular play,
now on stage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey"
Packet On Line
Cuccioli is extraordinary. We know of his singing talents — he made his
Broadway debut as Javert in Les Miserables and played the lead in
Jekyll and Hyde. But he has through the years used Madison as a “chance
to learn my craft” and that has included roles such as Brutus in Julius
Caesar; the title role in Macbeth; Antony in Antony and
Cleopatra. At the final curtain, as the opening night audience rose
as one to its feet, perhaps Mr. Cucciloi had a glimpse at how well he has
mastered his “craft.”........."
Mr. Cuccioli, eyes ablaze, body bent with age, is
splendid as the elderly composer. He is equally credible
as a young Salieri, favorite of the Viennese court,
ambitious sycophant and invidious snooper into the
private life of his rival...."