Tap Dogs comes back to Italy for the third time in two years for a five weeks tour thru June 13. The Australian smash hit dance revue opens tonight, May 11, in Ascoli Piceno, Central Italy, before playing in Florence, Rome and Milan.
The six-man cast, the same of the recent successful run in Paris, includes dancers Ben Read, Paul Robinson, Douglas Mills, James Doubtfire, Dean Magri and Chris Baily. Designed and directed by Nigel Triffit with original music by Andrew Wilkien, Tap Dogs was created by Dein Perry and had its world premiere in Jan. 1995 at Sydney's Starfish Club. It was first seen by European audiences later that year at the Edinburgh Festival. After a run at London's Sadler's Wells, the show toured Australia and made its North American debut at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival in Aug. 1996.
Tap Dogs hit Off-Broadway's Union Square Theatre in 1997, playing 184 regular performances and 14 previews. The show is by now a world hit and is currently playing in the United States and Mexico. The five weeks long Italian leg of Tap Dogs European tour will run as follows:
May 11-13, Ascoli Piceno - Teatro Ventidio Basso
May 15-16, Florence - Teatro Verdi
May 18-31, Rome - Teatro Olimpico
June 2-13, Milan - Teatro Smeraldo
The show received a very warm welcome in Italy by the public and the critics alike, and already enjoyed sell-out runs in Milan, Genoa, Turin and Bologna. Last year, it was awarded with the Pegasus prize at the prestigious Spoleto Festival of the Two Worlds. Further information on the Tap Dogs Italian tour is available calling Milan's Teatro Smeraldo at +39 2 29.00.67.67.