The bucket drummers who made such a racket hitting plastic cans and metal pots and pans in Broadway's Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funkare hoping for another hit with Keep Bangin', their new percussion show beginning performances Aug. 31 in Greenwich Village.
Tap wunderkind Savion Glover directs Jared Crawford and a cast of urban percussionists in the new show, which has an official opening date of Sept. 23 at the Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal Street. The troupe was going to start Aug. 24, but a schedule conflict with co-creator Crawford (a drummer for Lauryn Hill) prevented that.
In the new show, players beat on whatever surface they can think of --- drums, bongos, cowbells, pots and pans and, of course, buckets. Tributes to percussion masters Tito Puente, Max Roach and Buddy Rich are part of the experience.
Performers include Crawford, a street performer who found success as a specialty performer in Noise/Funk, Raymond Alexander King (Noise/Funk), Larry Wright (Noise/Funk) and Darrell Dove Jr. (Boston's "Dance Umbrella" and "Jazz Tap/Hip Hop").
Designers are Rob Harari (sound) and Shelly Sabel (lighting). The new Off-Broadway run, which had its start in a tryout in November 1998 at New York City's Baggot Inn, is produced by Keep Bangin' Entertainment, Maniactin Productions and Romeo Joven.
For ($20-$40) ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Kenneth Jones