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Encores! 2022

The Tap Dance Kid



Feb 2 – 6, 2022

Tickets start at $35

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission



“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).

Vaccinations, Boosters & Masks Required

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, at this time City Center will operate a fully vaccinated venue. Artists, crew, staff, and audience members (adults and children) must provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination and proof of receiving a Covid-19 booster, for all those eligible.

Approved masks must be worn by all audience members, staff, and crew.

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Programming subject to change.



Photos & Videos

Point of View

Point of View

Dance magazine logo

“I want the tap dancing to make us feel like there’s no tomorrow.”
—Jared Grimes, in Dance magazine

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Alexander Bello & Kenny Leon during rehearsals for The Tap Dance Kid

“We’re trying to show how something as precious as the history of tap is affecting this family who’s fighting to find a place in the ’50s.”
—Jared Grimes, in The New York Times

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Cast & Credits

Cast & Credits

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

Creative Advisors
Camille A. Brown, Eisa Davis, and Robert O'Hara

Producer of Musical Theater
Jenny Gersten

Show Your Encores! Love

Show Your Encores! Love

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
NYSCA logo


Production videography by Bardo Arts/Alex Pearlman
Production photos by Joan Marcus
Art by Ben Wiseman