Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe's Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk enjoyed a two-and-a-half-year run at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. Accordingly, the production needed a flowing number of replacements and understudies who could handle themselves and their feet on the Broadway stage.
One of the dancers who made it to the Broadway workshops has turned his experience into a new tap dance play. Andre Brown's The Dance, that has been tapping away at Off-Off-Broadway's Theater for the New City since Sept. 21, will take its last step Oct. 8 as the production closes.
The Dance explores the life of a driven tap dance master. A two time Broadway star, he coaches a bunch of inner city kids for the final tryouts of a popular Broadway show (wink wink). We also get to see the young wannabes' other talents, from impressions to comedy to rap. With their Chorus Line-like hopes, the play answers who will "get this job?"
Sheridan Roberts directs with choreography provided by Brown and Dustin Conley. The production, originally named Mad Hittin', was retitled just prior to its opening to The Dance.