‘TAP’ the night away
“TAP: The Show” lit up Memorial Hall’s main stage Thursday with a magical, colorful performance.
Everything about ‘Tap’ was on point. From the moment it started, to the moment it ended, I was drawn in by their energy.
Danny McHugh, was an excellent singer with a Bubble-type voice that went down like melted chocolate. His female counterpart, Maria Logan, could spin a tango better than a solo, but that’s not to say she wasn’t an equally excellent performer. Together, this dancing and singing duo brought pieces like “I Got Rhythm,” “I Won’t Dance,” and “The Good Ship Lollipop” to the stage. Each song was stunningly done.
The cast of dancers included Chris Large, Sebastian Goldberg, Carissa Gravelle, Sarah Mangold, and Michelle Fortner meanwhile, tapped their way through every song, accomplishing stunning feats.
The costuming was fantastic, and accompanied the show well. Every costume was brightly colored and bedazzled, making the stage a bright swirl of color and activity.
One of the best performances was “Singin’ in the Rain.” This breathtaking performance featured Gravelle, Fortner, and Mangold, decked in bright red rain jackets. At one point, they popped open their bedazzled umbrellas that looked like they were shimmering with actual rain.
The audience was stunned when the stage went completely dark. The dancers were dressed entirely in black except for their glowing gloves, a bowtie and a hat, and a hair bow and skirt. This excellent skit made for laughs along with gasps for the
audience when the hat was left floating in the middle of nowhere. The surprise toward the end of this glowing sketch was a giant pair of hands and feet. When the lights came back up on the stage, the audience roared with applause.
The cast not only showed a history of tap, they also came out with different cultural styles. One stunning number had the cast dressed in tribal outfits and carrying sticks taller than them. This fast-paced number was one of the best. The dancers knocked their sticks together and hopped across the stage, creating their own music.
In Act Two, the audience was treated to a dance-off. Each member of the cast stepped forward in different styles of outfits to perform their own improved dance. Every member did an amazing job, however, Gravelle out danced the rest, aweing the audience with her quick feet, and encouraging applause.
One thing that can be easily said is that the main stage hasn’t seen such talent in a long time. Everything in “TAP: The Show” was well done. It was a fabulous performance, and I was glad to be part of the audience that stood to applaud them.