|KISS ME KATE|
"Cole Porter's jazzy music is enhanced by Mark Knowles' innovative choreography, and the skilled ensemble members perform it with a precision that wows the audience."
March 3, 2010
|"...spectacularly choreographed by Mark Knowles..."||ENTERTAINMENT TODAY
March 18, 2010
|THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL|
"Tom Robinson’s direction and Mark Knowles’ choreography make excellent use of GCT’s in-the-round configuration, ensuring that wherever seated, audience members never feel left out of the action. This is particularly notable in a superbly staged cat-and-mouse game between the Pimpernel and Marguerite, both in constant movement around the stage yet never coming into contact with each other. An intricately choreographed and beautifully performed masked-ball sequence is another great in-the-round moment."
|STAGE SCENE LA
MARCH 1, 2009
|"The flamboyant "dandy" costumes, gorgeous ball gowns and French soldier attire are a credit to costumer Angela Wood's skill, and, along with Mark Knowles dance choreography and Andrew Villaverdes swordfight instruction, give the show its glorious eye-appeal."||AMERICAN CHRONICLE
February 18, 2009
"...What a joyous, enchanting extravaganza of sights and sounds...Kudos to director and choreographer Mark Knowles."
May 30, 2007
…the musical was the best thing to hit the Liberty. The singing and acting were first rate. The director made excellent use of the stage and theater.
|THE DAILY ASTORIAN
(September 6, 2006)
|DAMES AT SEA|
“Knowles’ numbers, ranging from spirited tap sequences to a lovely dance with umbrellas, glisten with Busby Berkeley inspiration.”
|BACK STAGE WEST
(September 8, 2005)
|“…choreographer Mark Knowles and the spunky cast work wonders with the dance numbers.”||LA WEEKLY
(September 8-14, 2005)
|THAT OTHER WOMAN’S CHILD|
“Mark Knowles’ choreography was barrels of fun…”
(June 6, 2004)
|THE MUSIC MAN|
“Choreographer Mark Knowles, having masterfully helmed Centre Theatre’s “Camelot,” works wonders with a vibrant corps of dancers.”
|BACK STAGE WEST
(May 29, 2003)
“Director and choreographer Mark Knowles complements Lerner’s and Lowe’s moving story [and] expertly handles the dramatic scenes… perfectly choreographed…”
(March 4, 2003)
|ANNIE GET YOUR GUN|
“Choreographer Mark Knowles create[s] a lively energy filled show…”
(June 27, 2002)
|WEST SIDE STORY|
"This production captures that toughness and ambiguity in the emotional, physical dancing of the ensemble. The cast exorcises its tensions in sensual moves that seem to occupy a part of the city rather than a tiny stage."
February 21, 2001
“Choreographer Mark Knowles’ skillful accents range from the intricately energetic ‘Sword Dance’ to Act II’s haunting ‘Ballet of Mourning’…”
(September 6, 2000)
|CRAZY FOR YOU|
“The choreography in this musical is fantastic. The chorus lines are perfectly synchronized, the timing precise, and through it all, they actually look like they’re having fun. What a joy to watch! This kind of fancy footwork can’t be faked...”
(March 22, 1996
|“...dazzling choreography...tempestuous tapping...it’s the dancing that’s the never-ending source of astonishment.”||PELICAN PRESS
(March 14, 1996)
|NITE CLUB CONFIDENTIAL|
“..a wonderful jaunt in a Parisian club in ‘That Old Black Magic’ - the choreographer, Mark Knowles, deserves a lifetime supply of whatever-he-wants for the moves in this number alone.”
(October 2, 1995)
|“Choreographer Mark Knowles provides one truly funny number...the men perform a pseudo-jungle dance as a back-up to Kay’s rendition of ‘That Old Black Magic’...This number constitutes the funniest parody in the show.”||LOS ANGELES TIMES
(October 2, 1995)
“Another number that had everyone falling out of their seats was ‘I’m Twirling,’ in which Leslie [Jordon] demonstrates his baton technique with dance routine...”
|ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
|“Mark Knowles’ musical staging is well-conceived...”||VARIETY
(March 5, 1993)
|“Mark Knowles’ musical staging is as charming as it is polished.”||DRAMALOGUE
(March 4-10, 1993)
|FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM|
"Credit choreographer Mark Knowles for insuring that each moment on stage is filled, focused and precisely rendered."
|ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS (March 2, 1993)|
“The choreography was charming and varied...Much of the show’s humor, in fact flowed from the dances, making choreographer Mark Knowles the star of the show.”
|THE SACRAMENTO UNION
(August 1, 1990)
|THE WONDER YEARS|
"Choreographer Mark Knowles has come up with a sequence that will knock your socks off, be they bobby, tennis, golf or support knee-highs. It's snap, crackle and zap all the way."
(April 27, 1989)
|MY ONE & ONLY|
“Great music, a larger-than-life story and a little risqué humor for fun...but forget all that - it's the dancing that matters. Choreographer Mark Knowles deserves praise.”
|LA MIRADA LAMPLIGHTER
(October 12, 1989)
|“Toe-tapping, terrific dancing, crowd pleasing...Mark Knowles has brought the show alive with stylish dancing, and a sparkling sense of fun.”||WHITTIER HIGHLANDER
(October 18, 1989)
|NO, NO NANETTE|
"Knowles' choreography is crackerjack, putting fresh twists on the more delightful tap musical clichés."
(March 21, 1989)
|SINGIN' IN THE RAIN|
"The production works best when its cast is dancing Mark Knowles' vibrant choreography..."
(November 30, 1989)
|LA CAGE AUX FOLLES|
"Choreographer Mark Knowles produces a minor miracle. The dancers preen, cavort and dance up a storm of footwork that's great fun to watch."
|THE BRADENTON HERALD
(April 11, 1988)
|"What adjectives would do justice to the choreography? Fabulous! Magnificent! Superb!"||TV SCENE
|"Dance with capital letters!...stupendous dance numbers...Mark Knowles, the North American choreographer, did a jewel of a job with the Argentine cast...truly in the best style of Broadway!"||LA RAZON
(February 23, 1986)
"Mark Knowles' work is particularly impressive. The choreography itself is worth the price of admission as Knowles puts an immense chorus line through some intricate paces that would draw an envious glance from Busby Berkeley."
(November, 17th, 1985)