"As Maria, Medina is exuberant, honest and infectious...convincing in [her] naivety, a quality the show demands"
"Medina’s wonderfully natural portrayal of Maria, a Puerto Rican girl on the brink of womanhood, is richly enhanced by the great emotional intensity of her beautiful octave-spanning voice. And the sense of wonder and heat she brings to her character’s first-love passion is feverishly real"
"Lauren Maria Medina plays an exquisite Maria. She has the voice of an angel with pipes big enough to completely fill the stage"
"As Maria, Medina is a revelation. Her acting is exquisite, and she has a strong voice. She is 100% believable as a young girl falling in love for the first time. Medina gives a command performance that is worth the price of admission"
"Medina sings prettily throughout. But as tragedy transforms her character, her timbre becomes richer and more resonant, culminating in the gloriously operatic 'A Boy Like That'/'I Have a Love'"
"Medina finds a lighter-than-air quality within Maria, curious and exuberant at first, then flipping the switch effectively to a young woman caught up in the wonder of first love and oblivious to the inherent risks involved"