The Village Voice
April 26, 2000
By unknown

"I caught the eye of Judas, Tony Vincent, who'd been full-voiced and powerful enough to make one feel much softer about his act of betrayal.  

"I grew up thinking Judas was a very black-and-white character," Vincent told me, as Mary Magdalene entered in a backless gown, "but in this production, he's Christ's right-hand man and it's sympathetic."  No shit—in fact, you find yourself rooting for the guy!  By the way, Vincent—an Albuquerque musician-turned-Rent-star who was perfectly content playing Simon Zealotes—didn't betray the previous Judas.  Just weeks earlier, the original performer had been given his last supper and shown the door, and Vincent was shocked to be handpicked for the role.  ("It was a decision made by the American producers," said the show's publicist.) Did Vincent feel like Ruby Keeler?  "No," he laughed—though he only had three days to learn the part and didn't even have time to call friends to gloat about it.  ("I emailed a couple of people and that was it.")"

"...Even Jesus himself, noted for his ability to heal the crippled, would be stumped by the lameness of Edwards's production, reinforced by a cast that mingles the insufficient with the misguided; only Tony Vincent's Judas conveys signs of professional life..."