“A fascinating rediscovery.”
“... the renewed look-see at The Tap Dance Kid comes across like a house on fire.”
—New York Stage Review
“The musical that every tap dancer dreams of getting a hold of.”
—choreographer Jared Grimes, in The New York Times
Recommended for audiences ages 10+
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.
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).
The Tap Dance Kid is part of the 2022 Encores! season, our beloved, Tony-honored series of revivals celebrating American musical theater—now in its 28th year. Check out the rest of the season: The Life (Mar 16 – 20, 2022) and Into the Woods (May 4 – 15, 2022).
Programming subject to change.
“I want the tap dancing to make us feel like there’s no tomorrow.”
—Jared Grimes, in Dance magazine
Tracee Beazer is beyond thrilled to be making her Encores! debut! She was last seen playing Bulda in Broadway's Frozen. Other Broadway credits include: Something Rotten!, Honeymoon In Vegas, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Memphis, The Wedding Singer, Good Vibrations, and Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Radiant Baby, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Pirates of Penzance. Film/TV: Bedlam: The Series, The Baker and the Beauty, God Friended Me, Rise, House of Cards, Law & Order SVU, Spinning Into Butter, and Camp.
Alexander Bello Broadway: Caroline, or Change, The Rose Tattoo, All My Sons. Television: And Just Like That (HBO), John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (Netflix). Bello is thrilled to be making his Encores! debut and thanks Kenny Leon and Jared Grimes for this opportunity, John Mara Jr., and DeWitt Fleming Jr. for helping him get here, his family and friends for their extremely loud and overly enthusiastic support, and his grandmother, Mamie, for her tap-dancing genes! IG: @thealexanderbello
DeWitt Fleming Jr. Regional: Signature Theater’s After Midnight, Miami New Drama’s A Wonderful World (Stepin’ Fetchit), National Black Theater Festival’s Jelly’s Last Jam (Jelly), Signature Theater’s Scottsboro Boys (Ozie/Ruby), Alliance Theater’s Sophisticated Ladies (Lead), Alpine Theater Project’s Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon). National Tours: Riverdance (Lead Tapper, Baritone Soloist), Cirque Du Soliel’s Banana Shpeel (Ensemble, featured tapper). Off-Broadway: Midsummer: A Shakespearience (Oberon), Cotton Club Parade (Lead/Nicholas Brother), Orphan Train (conductor), Pearl (Bill Bailey), Dutchman (Clay), Richard III (Grey). TV/Film: Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Limitless, How to be Single. Fleming is the proud owner of DeW It Right Tap Mics.
Joshua Henry recently starred in The Wrong Man at MCC Theatre. Prior to his critically acclaimed performance in The Wrong Man, Henry starred on Broadway as the iconic Billy Bigelow in the revival of Carousel for which he received a Tony and Grammy nomination. Before headlining in Carousel, Henry starred as Aaron Burr in the cultural phenomenon, Hamilton, in Chicago and Los Angeles. He has also starred on Broadway in the Tony-nominated musical Shuffle Along. Henry was Tony-nominated for his star turn as Flick in the musical Violet. He was previously nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in Susan Stroman’s The Scottsboro Boys. He recently closed the revival of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress as Dr. Pomatter. Film: Tick, Tick...Boom.
Chance Smith is a native of Brooklyn, NY and is a student at the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC. Recent credits include the CBS series Bull (Young Leo) and the PBS animated series Alma’s Way (Howard). Other credits include the Hallmark feature film Holiday in Harlem and The Lion King Broadway National Tour (Young Simba). Smith sings and plays electric guitar.
Music by Henry Krieger
Lyrics by Robert Lorick
Book by Charles Blackwell
Based on the novel Nobody’s Family is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh
Concert Adaptation by Lydia Diamond
Scenic Designer Derek McLane
Costume Designer Dede Ayite
Lighting Designer Allen Lee Hughes
Sound Designer Kai Harada
Casting by The Telsey Office
Choreography by Jared Grimes
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Guest Music Director Joseph Joubert
Directed by Kenny Leon
Featuring Tracee Beazer, Alexander Bello, DeWitt Fleming Jr., Joshua Henry, Trevor Jackson, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Chance Smith, and Adrienne Walker
With Crystal A. Burton, Kurt Csolak, Aniya Danée, Zachary Downer, Francine Espiritu, Izaiah Montaque Harris, Madison Hilligoss, Ben Lanham, John Manzari, Jodeci Millhouse, Dario Natarelli, Janelle Neal, Justin Prescott, and Bethany Tesarck
Phillip Attmore (Understudy for Dipsey and Daddy Bates), Wesley J. Barnes (Understudy for Willie and Winslow), Taylor Caldwell (Understudy for Emma), Derrick Davis (Understudy for William), Alex Hairston (Understudy for Carole and Ginnie)
Sarah Grous (swing), Tanner Pflueger (swing), Diana Vaden (swing)
Encores! Artistic Leadership
Lear deBessonet | Artistic Director
Rob Berman | Music Director
Clint Ramos | Producing Creative Director
Josh Clayton | Supervisor of Music Administration & Score Restoration
Adrian Alea | Creative Associate
Camille A. Brown, Eisa Davis, and Robert O'Hara
Producer of Musical Theater
For nearly 30 years we’ve watched our Encores! series bring a community together through a shared love of song and dance. Now there has never been a more important time to return this flagship program, like a beacon of hope, back to our New York community. Please consider making a gift today to support this beloved series.
Leadership Support for Encores!
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
Major Support for Encores! is provided by
Encores! Season Sponsors
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust
Additional support for Encores! is provided by
The Kaplen Brothers Fund
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Daryl and Steven Roth
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The SHS Foundation
The Ted Snowdon Foundation
Production videography by Bardo Arts/Alex Pearlman
Production photos by Joan Marcus
Art by Ben Wiseman