Reviews

Merrily We Roll Along

“Completing the central trio in the role of Mary is Nicole Melloy, and she is so brilliantly funny and heart-breakingly transparent in every moment that it feels like the role could have been written for her – watching her in the part makes a compelling case that the show’s central journey is actually Mary’s instead of Frank’s.”
Theatre Press

“Melloy comes closest to shining, with strong vocals and swingeing one-liners and a neatly articulated arc from washed-up alcoholic to lovestruck girl.”
Sydney Morning Herald  (The Age)

“The unmistakable star of the production is the wonderfully comic yet poignant Nicole Melloy as Mary. Always a sensational triple threat, Melloy has transitioned to a fine dramatic actress. She covers her usual glamorous persona with frumpish clothes and a cloak of melancholy woven from yearning and cynicism. She understands Sondheim – she knows the importance of a throwaway word, an inflection, a gesture, and it speaks volumes that her reprise of “Not a Day Goes By” was infinitely more moving and weighted with nuance.”
Stage Whispers 

“Nicole Melloy is on fire as acerbic writer Mary. Unafraid to appear frumpy, Melloy takes Mary from embittered alcoholic back to peacekeeper, pragmatic realist, successful author, lovelorn wallflower and, eventually, to her initial incarnation as wide-eyed girl. Melloy’s convincing physical transformation adds to the power of her compelling portrayal, and her singing is excellent.”
Man in Chair 

“Melloy shows every brick that builds her protective wall of acerbic confidence.”
The Music

“Melloy’s vocal skill does justice to Sondheim’s music and she successfully expresses a range of emotion as the insecure and lovelorn Mary, who tries for two decades to hide her unrequited love for Frank.”
Herald Sun 

Hurly Burly

“As sometime entertainer of Eddie and his acquaintances, Melloy’s Bonnie excelled. She was playful and confidently independent around self-important Eddie… It was an apt portrayal of the precariousness of life near the bottom of the social ladder…”
Australian Arts Review 

“Ms Melloy’s boisterous vitality invests her Bonnie with a hugely likeable persona – despite all we hear about her before her entrance – so that the shock that follows pulls us into her pain and her rock-bottom realism.”
Stage Whispers 

Spike Heels

“There are moments of genuinely laugh out loud comedy in this production, particularly when delivered by Nicole Melloy as the spirited Georgie. Boy does this girl know how to land a line – even the most mundane of utterances becomes a whimsical delight once honed by Melloy’s coquettish stylings. Furthermore, she comes up with the goods when asked to convey emotional depth in Georgie.”
Theatre People

“The budding new company (synonymous with everything but subtlety) has cracked out another screaming doozy with this one – in no small part due to the insatiable talent of leading lady, Nicole Melloy, as feisty femme Georgie. Not only does she successfully execute an onstage seduction akin to that of an exotic dancer, her banter with offstage partner Anthony Scundi (as Andrew) and Michael Robins (as sleazy lawyer Edward, a la’ better call Saul Goodman) is also satisfyingly sassy.”
Milk Bar Mag

“His (Scundi’s) chemistry with Nicole Melloy (his partner off-stage as well as on) is palpalble. Her portrayal of Georgie is both hilarious and heart-breaking. She is rough as guts, but underneath brings an incredible amount of heart to the role.”
Antony Steadman (Thetheatrenerd)

“The cast are universally strong, with Scundi displaying huge promise as a leading actor and the astounding Nicole Melloy (direct from her role as Ellie May in The Production Company’s Showboat) – a magnetic and flawless presence.  This difficult role could have been easily an irritating disaster in less experienced hands.”
ArtsHub

“Director Rose-Carter has cast the play perfectly. The multi-talented Nicole Melloy, who only last week completed a run in The Production Company’s Showboat, is perfect as Georgie, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who uses her sexuality for all the wrong reasons, while trying to better herself. She understands Georgie’s insecurities and defence mechanisms and makes us care about what’s going on internally under the rough exterior. She’s also super attractive with the great legs necessary for the “spike heels” of the title, though how she walks in those shoes I can’t even begin to comprehend…Scundi gives a nicely measured performance, first anally retentive and then losing out to anger/passion. The two have an unsurprising natural chemistry which is a delight to watch.”
Stage Whispers

“In this production presented by Q44 Theatre Company & Crazy Chair Productions, Nicole Melloy does a flawless job as foul-mouthed Bronx-born Georgie. With the risk of coming across as a frustratingly annoying and unappealing person, Melloy adds hints of fragility and vulnerability to everything she says and does, and ends up creating a character that we can empathise with and like.”
Theatre Press

Sexercise

“Melloy is, as always, a marvel when it comes to finding the essence of a character. She has contrast littered throughout her performance. It never stagnates and is constantly ebbing and flowing.”
Broadway World

“Nicole Melloy anchors the show with a strong, poised performance as Sam, the restless, devoted Mum who casts aside yoga to rediscover sex with her husband. In an upbeat show, Melloy sells her downbeat ballad “Don’t Need I’m Sorry” thanks to her soaring vocals.”
Simon Paris – Man In Chair

“Melloy and Brooks are terrific in two sex-related numbers: “Are We Done Yet,” as they re-enact their tepid, intermittent sex life for the counsellor, and “Work Out With Each Other,” as Joe and Sam throw themselves into sexercise. Melloy and Brooks also show themselves to be team players when they perform as ensemble members in boy band parody “Planet Earth.”
Simon Paris – Man In Chair

“Melloy maintains comic prowess”
The Age

“Melloy and Brooks are both strong actors with great comic timing, which helps to lighten the more earnest moments in writer/composer Derek Rowe’s script. ”
Theatre People

“We hit the highlight of the show – the hysterical ‘Are We Done Yet’. Melloy and Brooks show enormous bravery and trust in one another as they simulate bored sex acts. ”
Theatre People

“Nicole Melloy and Lyall Brooks are both extremely likeable as married couple Sam and Joe. They could easily have been pigeonholed as the annoying nagging wife and the insensitive, ignorant husband but they are able to expose a vulnerability to their characters that is natural and subtle whilst still bringing on the laughs and delivering the jokes.”
Theatre Press

“The highlight of this show is its cast. Some of the best in the industry have been assembled for this production and they are able to save it with their combined charms. The energy shifts into gear when our two leads, Lyall Brooks and Nicole Melloy, step onto the stage after the opening. The two of them share a lovely chemistry and work off one another. Melloy once again proves why she is in such demand. She is the consummate leading lady. She has it all and then some. The two share some really strong moments, particularly act one’s “Are We Done Yet?” in which the couple demonstrate the strains of their sex life to their therapist. A totally hilarious moment. ”
The Theatre Nerd, blogger (Antony Steadman)

Dolores

“I attended the opening night of Edward Allan Baker’s play “Dolores”, which is the first production for the new theatre company Q44. The play is a very relevant piece for today’s audiences  dealing with a range of issues, most importantly, domestic violence. It is a raw and confronting piece with very strong performances from both Nicole Melloy and Gabriella Rose-Carter.
I want to wish Q44 great success, they put on a very classy opening night and made a bold choice for their first production, I was most grateful for my invitation.”
Lynne Ruthven, Casting Director

“Dolores, played by Nicole Melloy is an explosive, erratic and emotional force that hits you and takes your breath away. Melloy captures the emotionally charged sister with an elegance of its time, tantrum and tears to move an audience in one fell swoop.”

“Dolores’ persistent attempts to stop her sister from throwing her out provide opportunity for the injection of humour into what would otherwise be a very dark play and Melloy skilfully presents the woman as a funny and lovable character, rather than a victim.”
Theatre People

“Both Rose-Carter and Melloy give truly connected performances, true to their training, providing gut-wrenching scenes of emotional outpouring.”
Theatre People

“An intimate theatre space allows little room to hide from the tension and tears, but we also get in on the laughs and love that the squabbling sisters can’t help but share. Rose-Carter and Melloy never falter, making this powerful one-act performance all the more convincing.  Brace yourself, but enjoy.”
Milk Bar Mag

Loving Repeating

“….expanding into a confident and forthright sexuality in the performance of Nicole Melloy as her middle-aged self…”
Theatre Press

“Nicole Melloy as Alice B Toklas shows why she is the doyen of independent musical theatre. She brings her fabulous voice and acting chops, with the guidance of Langley, to create a flesh and blood living, feeling, Alice from what is a sketchily written role always in the reflected light of Gertrude. It’s a stunning and endearing performance…”
Stage Whispers

Sister Cities

“Austin (Nicole Melloy) is tangible and palpable- bringing tears to many of the audience.”
Stage Whispers

“If Melloy was this good on opening night, I am staggered by what she might find by the end of the run.”
Stage Whispers

Showboat

“It’s important to note too that the key characters embody dignity and grace….like Ellie and Frank, hilariously played by Nicole Melloy and Glenn Hill…”
Weekend Notes

“Glenn Hill and Nicole Melloy work well together as comic foils Frank and Ellie May.”
The Sydney Morning Herald

“Nicole Melloy is a fine comic foil as Ellie May Chipley.”
Herald Sun

“Nicole Melloy and Glenn Hill made a marvellous pair of precision vaudeville hoofers, lighting up the stage with their every appearance.”
Theatre People

Cy by Cy By Cy

“Nicole is a true triple threat, seen last month in Company and last year in Loving Repeating. She really does do it all…. I’ve even seen her in straight plays.”
Stage Whispers

Company

“The female actors really led the charge in this one. Nicole Melloy was a superb neurosis with a voice I craved more of.”
Broadway world

“Of the wives, Nicole Melloy is delightful as Sarah with a formidable voice..”
Daily Review

“…the antics of Nicole Melloy are as hyper coloured as a tray of jelly shots. And about as much fun.”
The Australian