Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) presents Sweet Tap ChicagoSunday, March 11 at 3 and 7 p.m. at The City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Sweet Tap Chicago isa celebration of Chicago musicians and music, with all new arrangements by Kurt Schweitz, a live jazz quintet featuring rapper/singer/host Taylor Mallory and JC Brooks and tap dancing. Musicians and bands to be covered include Common, Smashing Pumpkins, Muddy Waters, Ministry and more. In addition to the Sweet Tap Chicago music, Brooks will share a sneak peak performance of the June CTT engagement, giving the audience a taste of the company’s Tapped for the Very First Time – a celebration of the music of Madonna, June 23 and 29 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Doors will open one hour prior to start time and the running time of the performance is one hour and ten minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $40 for reserved admission seating and may be purchased at www.citywinerychicago.boxoffice-tickets.com. By calling 800-440-8539 or at the door. Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.
“This is a special one-of-a-kind dance concert that brings us full-circle as a company. I grew up tap dancing in the jazz clubs of Kansas City, KS and the connection between live music and tap dance has always been the root of my love affair with tap. When I started CTT, part of the mission was to take tap out of the jazz club and put it on the concert stage and in that process embrace tap as a theatrical art form. After 14 seasons, we continue to push the boundaries of tap and its capabilities to tell stories, explore emotions and deal with concepts and ideas not typically associated with percussive dance,” said Artistic Director Mark Yonally.
He continued, “What is exciting about Sweet Tap Chicago is the opportunity to show our audience the other side of tap dance. This is good old-fashioned rhythm tap, focusing on tap as a musical form, functioning as a cross between secondary percussion and lead instrument. There will be unexpected music choices with thoughtful arrangements and tap dance designed to complement, comment on and expand the sonic range of the songs.”