The Tap Dance Kid
|The Tap Dance Kid|
|Basis||Louise Fitzhugh novel Nobody's Family is Going to Change|
The musical opened on Broadway on December 21, 1983 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran until March 11, 1984. On March 27, 1984 it resumed performances at the Minskoff Theatre, closing on August 11, 1985, for a total run of 669 performances. Directed by Vivian Matalon with musical staging and dances by Danny Daniels, it featured Hinton Battle, Samuel E. Wright, Hattie Winston, Martine Allard, and Alfonso Ribeiro as Willie. In 1984 Ribeiro's 10-year-old understudy, Savion Glover, took over the title role.
A production directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Danny Daniels ran at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California, in September 1985 as part of a tour. This production also ran in Miami Beach, Florida in April 1986 and Chicago, Illinois in May 1986.
The title character, Willie, is a 10-year old boy who comes from an upper middle class African-American family. He dreams of becoming a dancer but faces opposition from his father, a lawyer. The second act is devoted to Willie's imaginations of stardom.
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|1984||Tony Award||Best Musical||Nominated|
|Best Book of a Musical||Charles Blackwell||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical||Hinton Battle||Won|
|Samuel E. Wright||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||Martine Allard||Nominated|
|Best Direction of a Musical||Vivian Matalon||Nominated|
|Best Choreography||Danny Daniels||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Hinton Battle||Nominated|
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