The Tap Dance Kid opens 2022 Encores! Season
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:22 pm EST 01/14/22

New York City Center 2022 Encores! Season
opens with The Tap Dance Kid, Feb 2 - 6

Lear deBessonet embarks on first season as Artistic Director
with Music Director Rob Berman and Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos

Tickets start at $35

New York City Center's 2022 Encores! Season opens February 2 - 6 with The Tap Dance Kid-music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Robert Lorick, and book by Charles Blackwell. The season, which also includes The Life (Mar 16 - 20) and Into the Woods (May 4 - 15), launches Lear deBessonet's first as Encores! Artistic Director, alongside Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and Encores! Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos. The beloved, Tony-honored Encores! series, which has celebrated the tradition of American musical theater with semi-staged productions of rarely seen musicals for nearly three decades, returns with a broader embrace to this mission as the next chapter of its evolution.

About The Tap Dance Kid

In 1950s New York, a young Black boy named Willie (Alexander Bello) dreams of being a tap dancer like his uncle (Trevor Jackson) and grandfather (DeWitt Fleming Jr.) before him. But his father William (Joshua Henry), a prominent lawyer and civil rights champion, has different goals for his son-and no time for his whip-smart daughter (Shahadi Wright Joseph), who craves his affirmation. A blend of musical romance, coming-of-age story, and family drama, this rarely revived gem is directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) and features new tap sequences by choreographer Jared Grimes (After Midnight) and a concert adaptation by Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly). Broadway's Joseph Joubert (Caroline, or Change) will guest music direct The Tap Dance Kid.

The cast features Tracee Beazer as Carole, Alexander Bello as Willie, DeWitt Fleming Jr. as Daddy Bates, Joshua Henry as William, Trevor Jackson as Uncle Dipsey, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Emma, Chance Smith as Winslow, and Adrienne Walker as Ginnie. With Brinae Ali, Kurt Csolak, Aniya Danée, Zachary Downer, Francine Espiritu, Izaiah Montaque Harris, Madison Hilligoss, Ben Lanham, John Manzari, Jodeci Milhouse, Dario Natarelli, Janelle Neal, Justin Prescott, and Bethany Tesarck.

About New York City Center Encores!

New York City Center Encores! built its nearly 30-year reputation as a showcase of American musical theater revivals of lesser-known and rarely produced gems from the Broadway canon. These semi-staged productions feature today's Broadway stars accompanied on stage by the world-class Encores! Orchestra-but only for a limited run of performances. Now under the leadership of Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, Encores! Music Director Rob Berman, and Encores! Creative Producing Director Clint Ramos, the future of the series explores hidden gems of the musical theater canon, productions reclaimed for contemporary times through an artist's personal lens, and celebrations of beloved classic musicals and the way theater connects us all.

Encores! single tickets, starting at $35, can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling 212.581.1212, or at the City Center Box Office. New York City Center is located at 131 W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Select $25 seats are available to those who join Access City Center Club, which provides exclusive ticket offers to select performances for those 35 and under.

The Tap Dance Kid
Feb 2 - 6, 2022
Wed - Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2 & 8pm; Sun 2 & 7pm

Music by Henry Krieger
Lyrics by Robert Lorick
Book by Charles Blackwell
Based on the novel Nobody's Family is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh
Concert Adaptation by Lydia R. Diamond
Scenic Designer Derek McLane
Costume Designer Dede Ayite
Lighting Designer Allen Lee Hughes
Sound Designer Kai Harada
Casting by The Telsey Office
Choreography by Jared Grimes
Guest Music Director Joseph Joubert
Directed by Kenny Leon

Featuring Tracee Beazer, Alexander Bello, DeWitt Fleming Jr., Joshua Henry, Trevor Jackson, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Chance Smith, and Adrienne Walker

With Brinae Ali, Philip Attmore, Wesley J. Barnes, Crystal A. Burton, Taylor Caldwell , Kurt Csolak, Aniya Danée, Derrick Davis, Zachary Downer, Francine Espiritu, Sarah Grous, Alex Hairston, Izaiah Montaque Harris, Madison Hilligoss, Ben Lanham, John Manzari, Jodeci Milhouse, Dario Natarelli, Janelle Neal, Tanner Pflueger, Justin Prescott, and Bethany Tesarck

Health & Safety

New York City Center is committed to following the latest health and safety protocols. Accordingly, City Center is a fully vaccinated venue-all artists, crew, staff, and audience members (adults and children) are required to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and, as of January 31, proof of receiving a Covid-19 booster, for all those eligible. Approved masks must be worn by audience members, staff, and crew. For the latest information on updated health, safety, and ticket policies, visit NYCityCenter.org/PlanYourVisit.

Leadership support for Encores! is provided by the Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater.

Major support for Encores! is provided by the Ford Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Encores! Season sponsors include Roz and Jerry Meyer, The Shubert Foundation, the Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!, and the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Major support for Into the Woods is provided by the Estate of Douglas S. Cramer, Jr. and Margot and John Ernst. Additional support is provided by the Marta Heflin Foundation.

Additional support for Encores! is provided by The Kaplen Brothers Fund, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, Daryl and Steven Roth, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., The SHS Foundation, The Ted Snowdon Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

NEW YORK CITY CENTER (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO) has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city since 1943. Manhattan's first performing arts center, City Center was founded by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia with the mission of making the best in music, theater, and dance accessible to all audiences. This commitment continues today through celebrated dance and musical theater series including the Fall for Dance Festival, the Tony-honored Encores! and Encores! Off-Center, and the newest series Artists at the Center and City Center Dance Festival. The distinctive neo-Moorish theater welcomes over 300,000 annual visitors to experience internationally acclaimed artists on the same stage where legends like George Balanchine, Leonard Bernstein, Barbara Cook, José Ferrer, Martha Graham, and Paul Robeson made their mark. Home to a roster of renowned national and international companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, City Center's Principal Dance Company, and Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center's dynamic programming, art exhibitions, studio events, and master classes, are complemented by education and community engagement programs that bring the performing arts to over 11,000 New York City students, teachers, and families each year. NYCityCenter.org
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