Nixon, David, Duquesnay in Cast of Earth, Wind & Fire Musical Hot Feet

News   Nixon, David, Duquesnay in Cast of Earth, Wind & Fire Musical Hot Feet Vivian Nixon, Keith David and Ann Duquesnay will own some of the Hot Feet which will be dancing across the Hilton Theatre stage beginning April 15.

Other leads will be played by Michael Balderrama, Allen Hidalgo, Sarah Livingston, Wynonna Smith.

David's many Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Seven Guitars, Othello and Jelly's Last Jam.. Duquesnay won a Tony Award for Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'de Funk. Balderrama appeared in Urban Cowboy and Movin' Out. Smith performed on Broadway in Grind and Sophisticated Ladies.

The ensemble Kevin Aubin, Brent Carter, Gerrard Carter, Dionne Figgins, Ramon Flowers, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Karla Puno Garcia, Nakia Henry, Duane Lee Holland, Dana Marie Ingraham, IquailS. Johnson, Terace Jones, Dominique Kelley, Matthew Warner Keirenan, Steve Konopelski, Sumie Maeda, Jon-Paul Mateo, Vasthy E. Mompoint, Tera-Lee Polin, Samatha Pollino, Sandra Reaves Phillips, Danita Salamida, Caesar Samayoa, Monique Smith, Daryl Spiers, Felicity Stiverson, Hollie E. Wright.

Hot Feet is the new dance musical directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines, and featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. It will play a pre-Broadway engagement at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre March 18-April 9. Broadway previews are scheduled to begin April 15 with an official opening night set for April 30.

Hot Feet features a book by Heru Ptah and music and lyrics by Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame. Hot Feet, according to a press statement, is a "Faustian tale about a beautiful young dancer — Kalimba, whose whole life's dreams and ambition are to be a Broadway dancer. Kalimba is cajoled to dance with a pair of magical and enchanted red shoes; when she puts them on they begin to take control of the talented dancer's fate."

The creative team for the production comprises James Noone (set design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Clifton Taylor (lighting design) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design).

Maurice Hines began his career at the age of five as a dancer alongside his brother and, later, his father. His Broadway credits include appearances in Eubie!, Bring Back Birdie and Sophisticated Ladies. Tony Award nominated for Uptown...It's Hot!, Hines went on to direct Satchmo, Harlem Suite and become the first African-American director for Radio City Music Hall.

Earth, Wind & Fire racked up a string of hits in the '70s and early '80s. A large ensemble, the group's sound was characterized by gladful, buoyant melodies, falsetto harmonies and the use of horns. After early funk-based hits such as "Shining Star," the act moved in a romantic period of melodic, almost sing-a-long anthems such as "Sing a Song," "September" and "After the Love Has Gone." They largely dropped off the charted after the early '80s hit "Let's Groove." White went on to a solo career.

In a statement Hines said, “The music of Maurice White inspires me. It's an honor for me to be collaborating with him.” White added, "Working with Maurice Hines has been a blast. He makes my music and lyrics come alive in ways I never would have imagined."

TransAmerica presents Hot Feet, produced by Rudy Durand in association with Kalimba Entertainment, Inc.

  The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. For tickets, call (800) 447-7400.