Tap dancing legend Buster Brown is just one of the featured performers in La MaMa's "new take on Tap, Theater, Circus, Arts and Survival [for] the coming millennium," Vaudeville 2000, which ends its extended run Feb. 7. It began performances Jan. 21.
For the production, presented in a vaudeville format, curator Laraine Goodman assembled as many living legends from the old days as possible and had them joined by young tap dancers of today. Some veterans will be performing their signature numbers, others will -- with the help of the baby tappers -- re-envision their classic numbers for the coming new century.
Buster Brown is considered one of the premiere tappers to have ever lived. The 85 year-old was a member of the Copasetics (a famous group of jazz hoofers from the 1920's onward) and tapped with the legendary Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Brown will perform his signature routine, "Cute," with twelve year-old Michlea Lerman. Brown will also appear in one of the two versions of "Fascinatin' Rhythm" appearing during the evening.
Other acts on the bill include: Marion Coles (widow of famed dancer, Honi Coles), Hank Smith, Traci Mann & The Young Hoofers, Tony Waag, Kazu, Liz Homer Smith, Michela, Toes Tiranoff, Sam, Rhythm, Andrew Nemr, Susan Hebach & The Tap Collective, Peggy Spina, Heather Paauwe, Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks, Pheeron Aklaff, Joe Fonda and many others.
For tickets or more information, call (212) 475-7710. -- By Sean McGrath