|Music||Earth, Wind & Fire|
|Lyrics||Earth, Wind & Fire|
|Basis||The Red Shoes, fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen|
|Productions||2006 Washington, D.C.
Hot Feet is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire, a book by Heru Ptah and was conceived, directed, and choreographed by Maurice Hines. The musical opened on Broadway at the Foxwoods Theatre (then the Hilton Theatre) on April 30, 2006 and closed on July 23, 2006.
Hot Feet is about a beautiful young dancer whose dream is to dance on Broadway. When she puts on a pair of magical red shoes, they begin to take control of her fate. This story is a modern retelling of The Red Shoes, a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
Hot Feet premiered in Washington, D.C. at the National Theatre on March 6, 2006 and closed on April 9. Directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines, the cast featured Allen Hidalgo, Ann Duquesnay, Keith David, Michael Balderrama, Samantha Pollino, Vivian Nixon, and Wynonna Smith. The show received mostly negative reviews from critics. The original production was two hours and forty-five minutes in length.
A slightly different incarnation of Hot Feet began previews on Broadway on April 20, 2006 after being delayed twice to allow Heru Ptah more time to rework the book, which was brutally criticized by the Washington critics. On April 30, 2006, after only a 10 preview period, the musical finally opened on Broadway. It received harsh reviews, with the talkinbroadway reviewer calling the show a "nuclear meltdown of a jukebox musical". The USA Today reviewer wrote that the show "isn't a disaster" but that she was disappointed".
Due to poor ticket sales, the musical closed on July 23, 2006 after 12 previews and 97 regular performances. A cast recording was never produced.
† Indicates new songs and are sung onstage. All other songs are sung offstage by live background band vocalists.
Original Broadway cast
- Vivian Nixon - Kalimba
- Michael Balderrama - Anthony
- Keith David - Victor
- Ann Duquesnay - Mom
- Allen Hidalgo - Louie
- Brent Carter - Band Vocalist
- Keith Anthony Fluitt - Band Vocalist
- Theresa Thomason - Band Vocalist
- Samantha Pollino- Emma
- Harris, Paul."'Hot Feet' Review, National Theatre"[permanent dead link] Variety, March 30, 2006
- Murray, Matthew."Review:'Hot Feet'" talkinbroadway.com, April 30, 2006
- Gardner, Elysa."'Hot Feet' follows a well-worn path" USA Today, May 1, 2006
- Isherwood, Charles."Theater Review: 'Hot Feet': A Fractured Fairy Tale Set in Boogie Wonderland" The New York Times, May 1, 2006