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  • Hope Smith

Bullets Over Broadway makes its way to Coastal

Directed by Adam Pelty, Bullets Over Broadway was a spectacular musical showing that captured the audience with their characters, music and tap numbers. This was a tap dance heavy show with each dancer synchronized in perfect rhythm. Every line was spoken with confidence and without hesitation, every lyric was sung without a crack or confusion, and every dance number was moved without missing a beat.

Olive Neal, who was played by McKenna O’Grodnick, definitely weighed heavily on keeping the audience laughing. She was the spark that kept the audience engaged by connecting with her character at all times. O'Grodnick used the space and created an atmosphere of humor that didn’t constrain her body movements or language and made Olive who Olive was.

There was also Erin Paxton, who played Ellen, Sophia Kider, who played Helen Sinclair, and Ben Southerland who played the lead role of David Shayne – all that had exceptional vocal delivery as their ranges were all different. They each, along with O'Grodnick, had an individual style which stayed in tune and perfect pitch during the show’s entirety. With all the dancing, movements, and elongated pieces – one would suspect a lead would miss a note or crack – these four proved the opposite effect by delivering a flawless performance.

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