Within four short days after that audition in New York City, and a callback attended by Mr. Sondheim himself, Hunter was told he landed the coveted role of Henrik Egerman in Broadway’s first ever revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award winning masterpiece, A Little Night Music. READ WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT HUNTER:
CAMELOT AT THE TWO RIVER THEATER
“...Hunter Ryan Herdlicka gleams with wicked insouciance as the troublemaking Mordred.” – The New York Times
CAMELOT AT THE TWO RIVER THEATER
“...Best of all is the distinctive, simultaneously richly amusing and truly scary Mordred of Hunter Ryan Herdlicka. His performance of "The Seven Deadly Virtues" is so alive with venom and wit that against all odds it is the musical highlight of this production.” – Talkin' Broadway
CABARET AT CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK
“...Hunter Ryan Herdlicka is brilliant and ablaze in his role as Clifford Bradshaw a true crusader. He projects Clifford’s convictions, integrity and concern for the one he loves and the world around him.” – Cincinnati Examiner
CABARET AT REPERTORY THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS
“...But the great revelation in the Rep production is the restoration of Cliff to the story's center. In the original source material, the narrator-author is central to everything that occurs. But in the musical, the character got shunted aside. Thanks to the commanding performance of Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, that wrong has been righted. Herdlicka delivers a nuanced portrayal of a writer striving to make sense of his disjointed memories even as they are beginning to recede from his mind.” – Riverfront Times
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE AT THE 5TH AVENUE THEATRE
“...As Frederic, Broadway actor Hunter Ryan Herdlicka has the voice and looks to make any maiden swoon. ” – Seattle PI
“...Broadway actor Hunter Ryan Herdlicka plays the ingénue pirate apprentice Frederic to perfection. This man's cherubic appearance doesn't prepare the audience for the powerful voice that he controls with excellent skill. He brings the requisite naiveté to the role while adding personal charm and sharing it with the audience. It is easy to see why Herdlicka has earned this position so early in his career - he's among the greats of Broadway's musical theater.” – Seattle Gay News
"YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG" AT 54 BELOW
“...Anyone who has seen this 26 year old knows that he has a beautiful musical instrument but the surprise is his impeccable taste in phrasing and how he superbly enacts the emotions in familiar lyrics. ” – Times Square Chronicles
“...Herdlicka has a long and dazzling career ahead of him.” – The Improper
“...Herdlicka seems to defy gravity as he scampers across the play’s huge stage, not missing a single opportunity to send bursts of magic into the audience. It is when Herdlicka sings, however, that the true enchantment begins.” – S.S. Chronicle
“...The romantic plotline of moon-eyed Miranda and the manly Ferdinand also owes much of its magic to the performance-enhancing voice and prancing of Herdlicka's Ariel. His pitch-perfect tunes are perfect for pitching woo.” – TheaterJones
“...Hunter Ryan Herdlicka made a beautiful and intelligent Ariel – one who knew he held freedom in his hand but wished to serve Prospero to his destiny. He was less a flighty sprite and more a friend. Herdlicka had a most haunting tenor voice and amazing ability to sing difficult songs.” – Pegasus News
“...He has a muscular dancer’s body and an angel’s voice. It’s a grounded, but whirling portrayal.” – D Magazine
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
“...Whose voice is akin to a heavenly trumpet, he plays Henrik as amusingly callow.” – Theatermania
“...Has hit a sweet spot in his performance.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“...Has found a loopy stylization for the repressed Henrik.” – Backstage
“...Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as the tortured seminarian is also new, and also great.” – New York Magazine
“...Herdlicka’s cherubic face makes Henrik’s raging torment funnier.” – Variety
“...Is a suitably naïve and impassioned Henrik.” – Bloomberg
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka is best known from his almost two years starring on Broadway as Henrik in the Tony Award Winning revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, playing opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, followed by Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Hunter was also seen in the 2016 New York revival of Once Upon a Mattress as the Minstrel, opposite Jackie Hoffman and John “Lypsinka” Epperson.
Selected recent credits include Camelot (Mordred) at the Two River Theater, The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Cabaret (Cliff) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Sacramento Music Circus, The Tempest (Ariel) at the Dallas Theater Center, Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Othello (Clown)at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Something's Afoot (Geoffrey) at the Goodspeed Opera House, 3 seasons with the West Virginia Public Theatre, as well as countless workshops, readings, and concerts in New York working and singing alongside Liza Minnelli, Hugh Jackman, Michael Feinstein, David Hyde Pierce, Nathan Lane, amongst others.
Hunter can be seen in the documentary, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me", as well as the return of "One Life To Live". Hunter has enjoyed two sold out runs at New York's famed nightclub Feinstein's and recently debuted his new show with a sold out appearance at 54 Below.
A 2009 graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Hunter currently resides in Manhattan.