Savion Glover, the star and Tony-winning choreographer of the Broadway smash Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, has been taking a number of days off from the show for various reasons, including appearing in a Steven Spielberg production.
Glover, who took his official vacation from the show Jan.10 to 21, also took days off to attend a musical conference in Brazil, March 20-23. Glover's agent, Carol Davis (of Alliance Talent) was able to give no further information on the Spielberg trip except to say that Glover's work involved choreography.
Before the first vacation, Glover hadn't missed a single performance of the physically demanding tap dance revue since its Off-Broadway premiere. which has brought the dancer wide acclaim and a Tony Award for choreography. Cast member Baakari Wilder filled in for the absent star.
Asked about Glover's plans for the Noise/Funk now that Glover is strongly in demand on both coasts, Davis said Glover hopes to maintain a presence in the show no matter what. In late summer he'll begin "setting" the national tour and then make plans to appear in the international tour of Noise/Funk. Because of this demanding schedule, it's expected that by midsummer, understudy Wilder will permanently take over for Glover on Broadway.
In other Glover news, according to Davis the young actor/choreographer is in the process co-writing his autobiography. Details on publication to follow. *
Noise/Funk was originally produced at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in the autumn of 1995, moving uptown to Broadway's Ambassador Theatre in April 1996, where enthusiastic word of mouth has elevated the show to sellout status.
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