Press: Carousel at Olney Theatre Center Back
"This is Grodin's debut at Olney and I do hope we get the chance to see him again. He is a powerful performer, with a huge yet delicate voice and great acting chops. He is convincing as the sexy, strong, carnival barker, who becomes infatuated with the young, innocent, naive, Julie Jordan (played by the lovely and talented Carey Rebecca Brown). They are a joy to watch together."
Press: Carousel at Light Opera Works Chicago
"Grodin, who is performing for the first time in the Chicago area, is a young Billy, without any of the arrogance and posturing that often afflicts this role."

"Cooper David Grodin, the hugely talented young man playing Billy, seems to fall apart before your eyes at the moral authority of this woman."
-Chicago Tribune
"And a lightning bolt of a performance by Cooper David Grodin does the rest. As Billy Bigelow, the volatile young carousel barker unable to do anything quite right in life, Grodin uses his golden voice and easily intelligent acting to sensational effect. The New York-based actor is unquestionably a talent to watch. His soaringly sung, winningly natural rendering of Billy's "Soliloquy" could not be more ideal."
-Chicago Sun Times
"Grodin's stunning rendition of "Soliloquy," Billy's half-delighted, half-apprehensive reaction to impending fatherhood, deservedly drew show-stopping applause on opening night."
-Dining Chicago
"He fantasizes about his child in the most ambitious "Soliloquy" as he is filled with parental pride and genuine tenderness for his child. "Soliloquy" is a most difficult song to land correctly as it combines a rich vocal range and acting chops. Cooper David Grodin impressively succeeded."

"Cooper David Grodin, in his Chicago debut, exhibits a power voice and enough acting chops to deliver in the pivotal Bench Scene when he charms and challenges Julie with their duet "If I Loved You."
-Chicago Critic
"It's Grodin who delivers an eye opening performance. We know Billy is brash and shiftless. That's in Grodin's performance, but also is an undercurrent of vulnerability, yearning, and emotional confusion."

"This is the most accessible and convincing Billy Bigelow I've ever seen, climaxed by a really thoughtful rendition of the eight-minute long "Soliloquy" on his impending fatherhood."
-Chicago Theater Review
"Grodin's turning point moment is illustrated with a commanding "Soliloquy." Grodin's portrayal brings a vulnerable humanity to a hard core dude."
-Chicago Now
"Cooper David Grodin makes a lean and menacing Billy, with a body language as confident as his tenor."
-Chicago Theater Blog
"Grodin was humorous and humble, confident and fearful, his strong voice ringing out with Bigelow's contradictory feelings on his impending fatherhood."
-Gay Chicago