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. Cast member from the original Broadway production Dulé Hill (TV: The Wonder Years, The West Wing) joins the production as Dipsey, Willie’s uncle and mentor.
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.
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
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Concert Adaptation by Lydia Diamond
Choreography by Jared Grimes
Guest Music Director Joseph Joubert
Directed by Kenny Leon
Featuring Dulé Hill
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
Marta Heflin Foundation
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
Art by Ben Wiseman