Some shows lose their drawing power without their original star, but it seems that the national tour of Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk is none the worse for wear with Derick K. Grant in the role created by Savion Glover.
The show has settled into L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, where it is in residence through April 26, and a company spokesperson reports that the entire run of the show "was pretty much sold out" even before it opened there and copped a new slew of rave notices.
During the show's first week in L.A. (Mar. 3-7),it played to capacity houses, according to Variety. (The previous week it had done sellout business in Portland, OR.)
Among the celebs who attended opening night in L.A. were Natalie Cole, Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Lynn Redgrave, Herbie Hancock, Eva Marie Saint and the Taper's Gordon Davidson.
One other note: Vickilyn Reynolds, the lone female cast member (who belts out the show's soulful songs), can be seen moonlighting in the new film Primary Colors; she plays the mother of the woman who becomes pregnant by the fictitious presidential candidate Jack Stanton (John Travolta).