The first national touring company of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk will launch Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Detroit's Fisher Theatre.
Savion Glover choreographed but doesn't star in the tour, which is scheduled to stop in Washington DC, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles and other cities. Director George C. Wolfe has recreated his Tony winning Broadway staging.
The rap, tap and soul musical traces the history of black people in America as told through the evolution of dance, particularly tap. The show features poetry by Reg. E. Gaines and music by Ann Duquesnay, Zane Mark, and Daryl Waters.
The tour, which runs at least through July 1998, is being produced by the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Starring in Noise/Funk are Vickilyn Reynolds (in the Duquesnay role of "`da Singer"), Derick K. Grant (in the Glover role), Thomas Silcott, Dominique Kelley, Jimmy Tate, Christopher A. Scott, B. Jason Young, David Peter Chapman, and Dennis J. Dove. Here are the latest tour dates (as of Sept. 26):
Sept. 30-Nov. 2: Detroit, MI's Fisher Theatre
Nov. 5-30: Washington DC's National Theatre
Dec. 2-14: New Haven, CT's Shubert PAC
Dec. 17-Jan. 4, 1998: Minneapolis, MN's Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 6-25, 1998: Denver, CO's Buell Theatre
Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 1998: Sacramento, CA's Community Center Theatre
Feb. 3-15, 1998: Seattle, WA's Paramount Theatre
Feb. 17-March 1, 1998: Portland, OR's Portland Center
March 4-April 26, 1998: Los Angeles, CA's Ahmanson Theatre
May 1-17, 1998: Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre
May 19-June 14, 1998: Boston, MA's Shubert Theatre
June 16-July 12, 1998: Chicago, IL's Shubert Theatre.