Savion Glover's hit tap show, Savion Glover/Downtown, has returned to Off-Broadway, April 14-May 22 at the Variety Arts Theatre, downtown (where else?) on Third Ave. at 13th Street in Manhattan. This time, the title carries the sub-head "Live Communication."
The show, which officially opens April 20, originally played at the Variety Arts May-July 1998. Downtown takes the form of a jam session, with Glover dancing away with a few members of his recently formed company, Not Your Ordinary Tappers (NYOT).
The show is backed by a four-piece rock band, with Glover and NYOT hoofers Ayodele Casel, Abron Glover (Savion's brother) and Jason Samuels dancing on the Variety Arts' bare stage. Other surprise guests are promised in the show, presented by Dodger Theatricals, Inc. in association with Maniactin Productions, Inc.
The show had a six-performance tryout April 2-5 at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where audience response was reportedly enthusiastic. "The only way they got it to stop," said producer Sprecher, "is to take off their tap shoes and throw them on the stage."
Glover won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Choreography for his rap, tap and soul revue, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk which ended a nearly three year Broadway run Jan. 10. Glover returned to the cast for the final month. For tickets ($25-$50) and information on Savion Glover/Downtown: Live Communication call (212) 239-6200. The production was initially supposed to begin April 12 but that was recently changed to April 14.