TAP DOGS RETURN

Published on 25th May, 2012

Chugg Entertainment, Back Row Productions and Dein Perry Productions present

TAP DOGS TO TOUR AUSTRALIA

IT’S UN-AUSTRALIAN NOT TO SEE THIS SHOW

11 MILLION PEOPLE CAN’T BE WRONG!

TAP DOGS 2012

“…Tap Dogs is as perilous as it is exhilarating” The Times

“The hottest show on legs!” Timeout, London

Australia’s very own TAP DOGS first appeared at the Sydney Festival in 1995. The tapping feet of this internationally acclaimed dance sensation has now reverberated around the world in 330 cities; 37 countries, and been seen by more than 11 million people. Now they are coming home – stronger, faster, louder and more outrageous than ever to tour Australia from July to August 2012.

The 2012 winter tour commences in Canberra 3 to 8 July; then Newcastle 10 to 15 July; followed by Adelaide 17 to 22 July, Hobart 16 to 18 August, Albury 21 to 23 August and finally Wollongong 24 & 25 August.

Created by Olivier Award winning choreographer Dein Perry, this global dance phenomenon combines the strength and power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing and is part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and positively electrifying.

“… sexy, rough-and-ready appeal. These guys can dance anywhere they put their feet – even upside down.” The Sydney Morning Herald

“Still stomping up a storm. Great stuff” – The Sunday Telegraph

“… splendidly done by all” The Australian

The adrenalin pumped touring cast includes the best tap dancers from around the world. Leading the pack is Sheldon Perry (brother of Dein) along with fellow Aussies Matthew Papa, Nathaniel Hancock, Jesse Rasmussen and from the US Anthony Russo and Richard Miller. In addition to the macho line-up, TAP DOGS now has two beautiful female percussionists, Cat Hunter and Lyndsay Evans joining the testosterone fuelled action on stage.

TAP DOGS is directed and designed by Nigel Triffitt, and has won 11 major international awards, including an Olivier for Best Choreography.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

CANBERRA

VENUE CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE

SEASON Tuesday 3 July to Sunday 8 July

TICKETS from $49 to $99

BOOKINGS www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 02 6275 2700

Groups 10+ Call Group Bookings on 02 6275 2700

NEWCASTLE

VENUE CIVIC THEATRE

SEASON Tuesday 10 July to Sunday 15 July

TICKETS from $49 to $99

BOOKINGS www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

ADELAIDE

VENUE HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE

SEASON Tuesday 17 July to Sunday 22 July

TICKETS from $49 to $99

BOOKINGS www.bass.net.au or 131 246

HOBART

VENUE DERWENT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

SEASON Thursday 16 August to Saturday 18 August

TICKETS from $59 to $99

BOOKINGS www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 21 MAY

ALBURY

VENUE ALBURY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

SEASON Tuesday 21 August to Thursday 23 August

TICKETS from $49 to $99

BOOKINGS www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/entertainment or 02 6043 5610

WOLLONGONG

VENUE WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

SEASON Friday 24 August to Saturday 25 August

TICKETS from $59 to $99

BOOKINGS www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

TAP DOGS – A HISTORY

TAP DOGS has performed in 37 countries and over 330 cities on six continents with up to four companies touring at any one time. But the show’s origins can be traced back to the NSW steel city of Newcastle in the early 90’s, where Dein Perry was working as an industrial machinist by day and continuing to tap dance with his mates in the evening.

A dream of a career in show business was at the forefront of a young Dein Perry’s mind and he took his chance in the Australian production of 42nd Street. This was followed up with a an Olivier Award winning stint as Best Choreographer for West End Musical Hot Shoe Shuffle in 1995.

An offer from the Sydney Theatre Company led to the collaboration with designer and director Nigel Triffitt and composer Andrew Wilkie – the result was the creation of TAP DOGS – which premiered to critical acclaim at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995.

A young Australian theatrical producer – Liz Koops, of BACK ROW PRODUCTIONS saw the potential of the show and began what would become one of the most successful producing partnerships in Australian musical theatre history. TAP DOGS was catapulted to international acclaim at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival and a subsequent sell out season at London’s Sadler’s Wells. Perry won his second Olivier Award in 1996 for Best Choreography for TAP DOGS, something he would replicate a year later when the show moved to New York for an off-Broadway season, earning him the prestigious Obie Award.

BACK ROW PRODUCTIONS produced the global phenomenon of TAP DOGS right around the world with critical and commercial success from Australia to America and Asia to Europe.

TAP DOGS has earned a total of 11 top international performance awards, made a sensational return home in 2000 for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Game – a performance seen by 3.4 billion TV viewers worldwide – and continues to sell out tours around the world.

The TAP DOGS story was also immortalised in the AFI-winning movie Bootmen, directed by Perry and inspired by his early experiences in creating TAP DOGS. The show remains one of the most successful Australian productions of all time, and has been universally acclaimed for taking dance in an entirely new direction.

TAP DOGS is an 80-minute show performed without an intermission.

Watch this space for upcoming interview with creator/choreographer Dein Perry and awesome competition to WIN FREE TICKETS to see this amazing Aussie show!

Comments

  1. avatar Posted by T on June 16th, 2012 [Reply]

    So glad to see that they have included two females, especially since a nameless full-time dance studio just told all its fill-time female tappers that there is no work for females in tap so just give it up ( and you wonder why its a dying art). If the performance format is all male performers they have just limited the demographic before they even started. I for one would not bother to go see an all male tap show add some talented females to mix and you appeal to a wider range of audience. Its marketing basics.

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