New York City Center’s fabulous 2022 Encores! season opens with “The Tap Dance Kid,” featuring music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Robert Lorick, and a book by Charles Blackwell. Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”) leads this revival, bringing a fresh take to the production with new tap sequences by choreographer Jared Grimes (“After Midnight”) to hits such as “Fabulous Feet” and a concert adaptation by Lydia Diamond (“Stick Fly”). The production features music direction by Broadway’s Joseph Joubert (“Motown the Musical”).
Nominated for seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical), “The Tap Dance Kid” tells the story of Willie, a 10-year-old boy from an upper-middle-class Black family, who dreams of becoming a professional tap dancer, despite his father’s disapproval.
The production includes 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.
Tickets 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.