Night & Day

March 18 - 24, 1999

March 24
Not only did Savion Glover choreograph and star in Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk on Broadway, he was the inspiration for it. The young tap-dance star made his Broadway debut at the age of 12 in The Tap Dance Kid and costarred in Jelly's Last Jam with Gregory Hines, who also starred with Glover in his feature film debut, Tap. 'Da Noise creator George C. Wolfe first worked with Glover on Jelly's Last Jam, and as he watched the tap dancer's career progress, he came to see Glover as a repository of rhythm. "The old-timers passed their information on to Savion," Wolfe has said. "And it landed in his feet, his being, his soul." Hines has seconded that notion, calling Glover the best tap dancer who ever lived. For his part Glover has said, "My mission is just... to funktify everybody, like just to let everybody know that tap isn't like, you know, this corny, washed-up art form." Glover isn't traveling with the show, but his choreography drives 'Da Noise, which traces the history of tap through the lens of the black experience and features a singer, an actor, drummers, and five male dancers. Watching them and feelin' the funk, viewers find out just how hip tap always was and continues to be. 'Da Noise opens today at the Kravis Center For the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. After Sunday, March 28, the show moves to the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts in Miami Beach, where it runs till April 4. Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $55 for the Kravis performances. Call 561-833-8300 or 800-572-8471. See "Stage" listings for a complete schedule.

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