'Da Noise and 'da Funk are back. Master dancer-choreographer Savion Glover and director George C. Wolfe's acclaimed Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk song-and-dance revue begins a revival tour with original cast members Glover and Lynette DuPree Aug. 21 at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company.
After the Atlanta run ends Sept. 29, a new national tour kicks off, stopping in major US cities including Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, as well as short runs on college campuses throughout the country.
Utilizing percussion, tap dance, blues and jazz, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk explores black history in America from arrival on the slave ships to the Northern migration to the advent of hip hop. Glover and Wolfe developed the show, incorporating music by Daryl Water, Zane Mark and Ann Duquesnay and Glover's own innovative choreography.
Glover, as 'Da Beat, won the 1996 Tony Award for his work on Bring in 'da Noise. Since then he's gone on to star in Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" and to perform a second show in theatres, Footnotes.
DuPree, who plays 'Da Singer, also appeared on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Cafe and as a recurring character on "Law and Order." Also in the Noise/Funk cast are Thomas Silcott ("Black Leather Shoes") as 'Da Voice and Cartier Anthony Williams as 'Da Kid. Jared Crawford and Ray King are the drummers with Maurice Chestnut, Marshall L. Davis and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in the ensemble. Wolfe directs the revival as he did on Broadway. Glover recreates his choreography. Musical direction is by Tommy James.
Noise/Funk's Broadway designers Riccard Hernandez (sets), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting) and Paul Tazewell (costumes) return in their original capacities with a new sound designer, Shannon Slaton.
Tickets in Atlanta are $20-$49. For reservations, call (404) 733-5000. The Alliance Theatre Company is on the web at http://www.alliancetheatre.org.
Noise/Funk producer Aldo Scrofani told Variety that the show would travel to Japan in March, 2003, tour through June, 2003 and possibly return to Broadway, if the national tour proves popular. A list of U.S. dates follows:
Oct. 8-13: Boston, MA, Wang Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 15-20: Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
Oct. 22-27: Minneapolis, MN, Historic State Theatre
Nov. 5-10: Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Nov. 12-17: Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
Nov. 22-24: Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
Nov. 28-Dec. 1: Baltimore, MD, Lyric Opera House
Dec. 3-4: University Park, PA, Penn State University
Dec. 6-8: Hershey, PA, Hershey Theatre
Jan. 28-Feb. 9, 2003: Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson Theatre
Feb. 11-12, 2003: Davis, CA, University of California, Davis' Mondavi Center
Feb. 20-23, 2003: Spokane, WA, Spokane Opera House
April 8-13, 2003: East Lansing, MI, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
May 2-4, 2003: Lincoln, NB, Lied Center for the Performing Arts
May 13-18, 2003: Nashville, TN, Tennessee Performing Arts Center
May 20-24, 2003: Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
May 27-June 1, 2003: Hartford, CT, The Bushnell
June 6-8, 2003: Stamford, CT, Palace Theatre
— By Christine Ehren