"St. Jimmy is the alter ego of Johnny; his “Bad Idea Bear” if this were Avenue Q. Battagliese practically runs away with the show when he arrives, with his enormous talent consuming the character and the stage. He’s a great performer and he gives this character the evil, seedy, and seductive characteristics he needs as he lures Johnny down a path of self-destruction. I predict big, big things for him."
- Kirk Sheppard The Sappy Critic on AMERICAN IDIOT
"John Battagliese is a seductive, looming presence and skillfully tackles the vocal challenges of the part."
-Scott CainTalkin' Broadway on AMERICAN IDIOT
"Battagliese does fine work as her love interest, Link Larkin, projecting the necessary charisma that the part demands."
-Chris Gibson Broadway World : St Louis on HAIRSPRAY
"John Battagliese as Starbuck brings an energy, a mystical magic, to this character that makes him multidimensional. He could easily be played over the top. Or one could choose to be subtle, with it, and both might work. Battagliese, though, finds just the right balance. You want to like him so much and even though we all know he’s a conman, the audience roots for him anyway. We want him to make it rain – we’re invested in that – for multiple reasons. The way it was acted . . . well, I just wanted Starbuck to fulfill his wild, imagination-infused dreams."
- Kirk Sheppard The Sappy Critic on 110 IN THE SHADE
"John Battagliese brings energy and a controlled level of flashy exuberance as the con man rainmaker Starbuck, reminiscent of Harold Hill in The Music Man. He provides easygoing, beautiful singing and a commanding stage presence."
- Scott Cain Talkin’ Broadway on 110 IN THE SHADE