Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk
|Bring in 'da Noise,|
Bring in 'da Funk
Daryl Waters |
Reg E. Gaines |
George C. Wolfe
|Book||Reg E. Gaines|
1995 Off Broadway |
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk is a musical that debuted Off-Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater in 1995 and moved to Broadway in 1996. The show was conceived and directed by George C. Wolfe, and featured music by Daryl Waters, Zane Mark and Ann Duquesnay; lyrics by Reg E. Gaines, George C. Wolfe and Ann Duquesnay; and a book by Reg E. Gaines. The choreography was by Savion Glover.
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater's Newman Theatre on November 3, 1995 and closed on January 28, 1996 after 85 performances. Directed by George C. Wolfe with costumes by Karen Perry, set design by Ricardo Hernandez, lighting by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, and Production Managed by Bonnie Metzgar. The cast included Savion Glover, Duquesnay, Gaines, and Dule Hill.
The musical moved to the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway, opening there on April 25, 1996. The show closed after 1135 performances on January 10, 1999. The opening night cast included Jeffrey Wright, Glover, Duquesnay and Hill. Again directed by Wolfe, with sets and lighting by the off-Broadway team, costume design was by Paul Tazewell and Production Stage Managed by . Glover left the show but returned for 40 performances from December 8, 1998 through January 10, 1999.
Glover toured with the musical in 2002.
The Original Broadway Cast recording was issued by RCA Victor (09026-68565-2).
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk is a musical revue telling the story, through tap, of black history from slavery to the present. The musical numbers are presented along with supertitles, projected images and videotapes and with continuing commentary.
Wolfe took the rap words of Reg E. Gaines and turned them into "tap/rap (tap dancing informed by hip-hop and funk rhythms)."
The New York Times review said that "Mr. Glover has found choreographic equivalents for the black experience in the days of plantations, urban industrialization, the Harlem Renaissance and latter-day race riots...This sense of flaming individuality is finally what the evening is about: not just the collective history of a race but the diverse and specific forms of expression that one tradition embraces." 
The show is "an explosive and bravely literal-minded chronicle of the genre's history from slavery to the present. The music is beautiful and the dancing exuberant, but Funk is serious business, with vicious, funny send-ups of Uncle Tomism in Hollywood."
The New York Times wrote: "as dance, as musical, as theater, as art, as history and entertainment, there's nothing Noise/Funk cannot and should not do." (Margo Jefferson)
The musical made an "extraordinary political statement ... as well as the equally significant growth in dance this show launched." 
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|1996||Tony Award||Best Musical||Nominated|
|Best Book of a Musical||Reg E. Gaines||Nominated|
|Best Original Score||Daryl Waters, Zane Mark, Ann Duquesnay, George C. Wolfe and Reg E. Gaines||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Savion Glover||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||Ann Duquesnay||Won|
|Best Direction of a Musical||George C. Wolfe||Won|
|Best Choreography||Savion Glover||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Paul Tazewell||Nominated|
|Best Lighting Design||Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Musical||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Savion Glover||Nominated|
|Outstanding Director of a Musical||George C. Wolfe||Nominated|
|Outstanding Choreography||Savion Glover||Won|
|Outstanding Lighting Design||Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer||Won|
- Internet Off-Broadway listing lortel.org, retrieved January 13, 2010
- Internet Broadway Database listing ibdb.com, retrieved January 13, 2010
- "Glover returns to 'Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk' " highbeam.com, Reprint from New York Amsterdam News, December 30, 1998 (no credited author)
- Collins, Karyn D.Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. - dance review" findarticles.com, Reprint from Dance Magazine, April 2003
- Record listing cduniverse.com, retrieved January 13, 2010
- Hill, p. 439
- Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk listing guidetomusicaltheatre.com, retrieved January 13, 2010
- Brantley, Ben. "Story of Tap as the Story of Blacks"The New York Times, November 16, 1995
- Cagle, Jess."Stage Review: Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da FunkEntertainment Weekly, June 14, 1996
- Hill, Errol. "A History of African American Theatre" (2003). Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-62443-6, p. 439