CHICAGO – Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce that individual tickets for the tour of Australia’s most successful theatrical export, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS will go on sale Friday, February 15, 2019. Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS will play Broadway In Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre for a limited one-week engagement April 16 through April 21, 2019.
This is not just tap. Experience high voltage, rugged, raw talent in the tap dance phenomenon which has taken the world by storm.
Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS returns to the stage with its trademark blend of live music and tap dance as you’ve never seen before. The New York Observer called it “positively electrifying.”
Part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and part construction site, the show is crammed with high-energy dance, theatrical performance, and music performed by the cast and live musicians in this unstoppable spectacular. Whether in water, upside-down or jumping through scaffolding, the Tap Dogs have been performing to the beat of their own drum for over 20 years.
Winners of over 15 international awards including an Olivier Award (UK), an Obie Award (New York) and a Pegasus Award (Spoleto Festival in Italy), the global smash hit has appeared in over 330 cities on six continents and has been seen live by over 12 million people. A worldwide television audience of over 3.4 billion saw 1,000 Tap Dogs performing in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, April 17 at 2PM & 7:30PM
Thursday, April 18 at 7:30PM
Friday, April 19 at 7:30PM
Saturday, April 20 at 2PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, April 21 at 2PM
Individual tickets for Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS will go on-sale to the public February 15, 2019 and range from $15-$65 with a select number of premium seats available. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing GroupSales@BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
ABOUT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO
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Broadway Entertainment Group is the world’s first ever theatrical distribution company to consolidate an international circuit and bring top quality entertainment into the markets of the Middle East, Russia, South and Central Asia and Latin America. Chief Executive Officer Liz Koops has produced shows internationally for over 20 years, and toured productions in 37 countries.
Broadway Entertainment Group has recently toured The Illusionists in Russia & Ukraine, Sister Act the Musical in Asia, Evita, Spamalot, Ghost, and Shaolin Warriors in Dubai and has forthcoming tours planned for Kinky Boots the Musical.
Broadway Entertainment Group has previously toured Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, DreamWorks’ SHREK the Musical, Annie, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Previous productions produced by Liz Koops include: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Fosse, Chicago – The Musical, Miss Saigon, Gumboots, Slava’s Snowshow, Bounce, Lady Salsa, Circus Oz, Lano and Woodley, Mum’s the Word, Rudy Coby, and the Jerry Seinfeld World Tour.
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ANTHONY RUSSO (Foreman) At 15 years old, Anthony Russo went to an 18+ Equity audition for Anything Goes at The MUNY in St Louis, MO and booked the gig. That experience set the tone for the years to follow. He once crashed an agent-only audition for Cirque Du Soleil with a smiley face drawn on paper as a headshot and booked the gig. It was this sheer will to perform that also landed him his first touring contract in 2001. Russo left high school just before the start of his senior year and joined the 6th national tour of Tap Dogs. In addition to his performance credits, Anthony produces tap dance education programs throughout North America under his touring company, @ TapTheMap, and an annual event in St Louis, MO, @ ShowMeTapFest. In 2013, Russo was awarded Outstanding Young Missourian by The Missouri Junior Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to dance education nationwide. ‘Tap The Map’ received acknowledgment from The Missouri House Of Representatives for facilitating over $75,000 in scholarships to students around the US and Canada. 17 years later, he is proud to be a part of the cast of Tap Dogs and to perform in the show that solidified his decision to tap dance professionally in the first place.
NATHANIEL HANCOCK (2IC) Nathaniel Hancock is thrilled to re-join the 2018 touring cast of Tap Dogs. He has performed with them in Europe, Asia, Bahrain, UAE, Australia, and South Africa over the past 7 years. He has trained with and been inspired by some of the world’s best including Jason Samuels Smith, Savion Glover, Dein Perry, and many more. He is a founding member of Street Feet Entertainment and The Australian Tap Company and is an integral part of The Tap Tour. Nathaniel appeared in the animated film Happy Feet 2 as a featured tap dancer. He has also performed with Beat the Streets, Street Feet Entertainment and The Next Step alongside some of Australia’s best commercial dancers and tap dancers alike. His most recent performances with the Tap Dogs in Australia were: The Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve party at the Sydney Opera House, The NRL Dally M Awards, the Virgin Blue 10th Anniversary Celebration, and the unique opportunity to travel out to APY lands in central Australia to teach and perform at indigenous communities across the region. Nathaniel has been teaching and adjudicating tap dance both nationally and internationally for the past 11 years and shows that he has a great passion for sharing his love and knowledge of tap dance. He has been a member of faculty at the past two Australian Tap Festival’s and The Sydney Tap Festival in 2017 and has just finished teaching the advanced residency at the Sydney Tap Festival in April this year. His love of rhythm and unique, intricate time signatures really place him at the forefront of modern tap dance in Australia. These skills along with trick steps, fast feet and musicality driven choreography shows that Nathaniel and his tap dance peers are well and truly keeping tap alive in Australia.
RICHIE MILLER (Enforcer) Richie Miller was born in Titusville, FL and moved to St. Charles, MO at the age of 6. On a bribe, Richie began his training at Performing Arts Centre with Debbie & Tracy Davenport & Anthony Russo where he became a tap sensation! Upon graduation, he immediately was hired by Tap Dogs and has toured with them since 2009, dancing the roles of The Kid, Funky, and Enforcer. Tap Dogs tours took Richie all over the USA, Mexico, London’s West End, Italy, France, Bahrain, Asia, Dubai, Germany, Macau, and to Australia many times! He now resides and works in Australia. Since Richie has been in Australia, he has appeared on Naomi Campbell’s “The Face,” was featured in Commonwealth Bank’s Tap & Pay TVC along with many other TVCs for Australian companies. Richie is the creator of The Tap Tour, founder of Dreaded Cheetah, and is still with Tap Dogs, working as a master teacher, guest choreographer, and videographer; sharing his passion for rhythm to students of all ages.
CHAISE ROSSIELLO (Funky) Chaise Rossiello started dancing and singing at the age of 5 in his hometown of Geelong, Australia. By age 10, he graced the stage performing in a variety of local productions. Chaise has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge through performing Australia-wide and internationally.
He has performed both alongside and under some well-known artists including Jamelia, Barry Humphries, Delta Goodrem, The Black Eyed Peas, and Jessica Mauboy just to name a few.
Chaise joined the internationally-acclaimed Tap Dogs in 2007 and has toured consistently for over ten years throughout the UK, the Mediterranean, Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Chaise’s love of performing extends past the stage, and into production, direction, and choreography. He produces original shows and acts that always pushing the envelope and he takes pride in innovating rather than replicating! During his time home, he loves to get involved in local theatre, performing in many local shows, playing Don Lockwood (Singing in the Rain), Billy Lawlor (42nd Street), Mike Costa (A Chorus Line), and being a part of the ensemble of many other musicals.
Chaise’s experiences have driven him to become a dance teacher, passing on his ability of dance and the arts, teaching master classes nationally but more recently starting his own Performing Arts School (Dance Move Create) in Lara, Geelong. Chaise wants to encourage all aspiring performers to Dance Hard, Sing Loud, and Dream Big!
JUSTIN MYLES (Rat) Justin Myles is a native of Maryland/DC and has been dancing & drumming since the age of three. He spent his childhood surrounded by music, dance and most importantly rhythm, and graduated from Point Park University with a double major in Ballet & Jazz. Justin has also been a company member of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company, performed for Paramount, Busch Gardens, and Disney Cruise Lines as a main stage singer, dancer, and dance captain with additional touring experience in North & South America with the Off-Broadway show Stomp, and Germany, China, and Poland with Tap Dogs. He is proud to be a co-founder/director of The JaM Project and The JaM Youth Project in Washington, DC. Both companies have won numerous Film and Choreography Awards across the USA, including the Capezio ACE Awards. The JaM Project recently performed their brand new show Good Times, Bad Times at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and which had its debut at Dancerpalooza. His choreography and performances have been praised by Dance Spirit Magazine and The Washington Post. Most recently Justin just wrapped up Season 2 on NBCs “World of Dance” performing with the JaM Project. Justin can’t wait to bring his energy and excitement to the stage on this world tour.
REID PERRY (Kid) Reid Perry began his dance training at Tap Pups under his father Dein Perry as a young child. His early years were filled with performance opportunities including the Sydney Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Sydney Opera House, “The Footy Show,” Luna Park re-opening, and the World Masters Games Opening Ceremony. Reid was delighted to make his Tap Dogs debut in 2016 and since then he has continued to perform with them at corporate events across Australia. Reid is currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at ED5 International in Sydney where he has been fortunate enough to play roles including Zach from A Chorus Line as well as perform alongside Australian celebrities such as Marcia Hines. Reid is thrilled to be joining the Tap Dogs for his first world tour.
NATHAN BEECH (Spot) Nathan Beech is originally from Northern Virginia. He started tap dancing at the age of five. He cultivated his passion for dance, training at multiple studios including Studio Blue Dance Center and Degrasse Dance Studio. At 15 he booked his first dance tour with Brothers of the Knight, directed by Debbie Allen. He has toured internationally with Tap Dogs in 2015. As a member of the professional company The Jam Project 2016-17, he has toured across the country at the Capezio ACE Awards, Brake the Floor Production’s 25 Live, and Good Times, Bad times at The Kennedy Center. The group was also selected to perform in World of Dance 2018. Nathan performed a lead role with Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens 2017 and 2018. Previous accolades include selection by The National Young Art Foundation as a 2015 Young Arts Finalist awarding him the Silver Award in Dance/Tap and also recognized him for his Exceptional Artistic Achievement in 2014. He also teaches and choreographs in multiple studios. Nathan is looking forward to being a part of the 2018 Tap Dogs world tour.
SAM MARKS (Rover) Sam Marks trained at the Conroy Dance Centre in Brisbane. His career began as a child when he was cast in Singin’ in the Rain, Les Misérables and The Wizard of Oz. Other musical theatre credits include Cats, Wicked, South Pacific, King Kong Live on Stage, Dirty Dancing, Singin’ in the Rain, Hello, Dolly! and Brigadoon. Sam is also a member of The Tap Pack, touring and performing on cruise ships since 2015. He has also worked extensively in the commercial dance industry in Australia. Television appearances include the morning TV program “Sunrise,” “The ARIAs,” three seasons of “The Australian X Factor” and various TV commercials. Sam joined Tap Dogs in 2010, which has taken him to London, France, Italy, Bahrain, Dubai, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. Sam is looking forward to performing once again in this iconic show on this world tour.
JAMES DOUBTFIRE (Associate Director) James has been touring the world with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs for the past 20 years as a performer and Assistant Director. He was also Assistant Director of The London West End production of Tap Dogs, staring Adam Garcia. In 2000, James worked on the opening ceremony of The Sydney 2000 Olympics and also with his Tap Dogs colleagues had the honor of being part of the famous BBC1 identities. James has performed in many television shows including “Big Brother,” “The Royal Variety Performance,” “The Clothes Show,” “Barrymore,” “The Generation Game,” “The National Lottery,” “This Morning,” “Blue Peter” and “GMTV.” Advertisements include Amina mobile phones, T- Mobile, Lego, Le Crunch Bunch, Boots The Chemist and Colgate Toothpaste. Modeling assignments include Dolce and Gabbana, Paul Smith and various magazines. James started dancing at the age of four and at the age of twelve he created the role of Laughing Boy in the original musical, Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. James then continued his career in the musicals/shows, such as 42nd Street (Original UK Tour), Me and My Girl (Original UK Tour), An Evening with Sondheim (Manchester), both English and Australian tours of Hot Shoe Shuffle (playing the role of Tip), “The Anton and Erin Show” (Jersey) and also choreographed two Professional Pantomimes in Harrogate, Directed by Phil Lowe. Since 2009 James has become Artistic Director and Choreographer for Tap Attack (England tap team). During this time James has Choreographed 14 IDO World Tap titles. James is also Choreographer & Director of Extreme Tap, an all-male tap company who have performed in corporates at 02 Arena London, Qatar (Tennis Open), Italia (Fashion Show), Dubai (TV Shows), McDonalds (Awards Ceremony), Mercedes Benz (Awards Ceremony), Sadlers Wells Theatre London and as guests at the Royal Albert Hall Dance Proms. In 2016 James was honored to become the original Tap Choreographer for Disney’s new show Mickey & The Magician in Disneyland Paris.
JOE GIUSEPPE ACCARIA (Musical Director) Joe Giuseppe Accaria graduated in 1993 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Honors Degree in Music and Education, majoring in contemporary and orchestral percussion. Since then Joe has performed and recorded extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America and the USA. Artists include: Andrea Bocelli, Cyndi Lauper, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Ronn Moss, Big Brovas, Tap Dogs, Human Nature, David Campbell, Gabriella Cilmi, Kaz James, Wendy Matthews, Tina Arena, Yothu Yindi, Tim Finn, Paulini, Guy Sebastian, Shanley Del, Billy Thorpe, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Colin Hay, Doug Parkinson, Jimmy Little, iOTA, Rick Price, Alex Lloyd, The McClymonts, Dave Mason (The Reels), Andrew Farriss (INXS), Christine Anu, Jessica Mauboy, Grace Knight, James Morrison, Jimmy Somerville as well as his own musical projects The Strange, Cactus Child and FSOA. In 1997-2001 Joe featured in Dein Perry’s Steel City, with music by Tim Finn toured Australia and culminated in performances at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. In 2005-2006 Joe performed in Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs 10th Anniversary World Tour in Australia, Europe, Africa & Asia. Joe is again collaborating with Dein Perry composing and performing for Tap Dogs performances at Australia Day and World Youth Day events as well as the 2008 NRL Grand Final. Joe is currently Musical Director for Human Nature and David Campbell appearing on their current albums. 2009 saw Joe in Las Vegas with Human Nature in a show presented by Smokey Robinson. 2010 sees Joe performing the Sydney Festival’s Smoke & Mirrors in Sydney & Edinburgh, The Sydney Theatre Company’s Spring Awakening & David Campbell’s Tour with Tom Jones.