Tap meets rock next week at Macons Grand Opera House.
Tap Dogs, an all-male theatrical performance, integrates high energy dance and tap precision in an atypical tap musical.
The award-winning performance, which opens Tuesday and continues Wednesday, combines the intensity of a rock concert with the dramatic appeal of theater, according to the Tap Dogs web site. The plot consists of six dancers and two musicians, acting as construction site employees, bringing a rough and often rugged work environment to life with stomping feet, steel-toe boots and swinging high beams.
The show combines the strength and power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing, the web site said. The performance features original music with each dancer serving as a character.
Its an amazing show, said Cindy Hill, arts marketing director for the Grand Opera House. When people think of tap, they usually think of a 5-year-olds recital. This is way more Broadway.
Tap Dogs, which began 17 years ago in a small garage in NewCastle, Australia, has toured the world, appearing in more than 330 cities across six continents. After working as an industrial machinist, the creator and choreographer, Dein Perry, decided to create a contemporary show around the themes of his industrial experience, according to the web site.
Employing the Broadway appeal, performance attendees will be given the star treatment with a red carpet arrival. The musical is one of five shows featured in the Broadway Series, and all of the shows will feature the red carpet theme.
It is a part of The Grand experience, Hill said, and she wants people to feel like they are attending a grand event.
Hill is sure the audience will leave the performance feeling energized, and believes that after seeing the show, some people may be inspired to get involved in dance. It makes you want to move, she said.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday
Where: the Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St.
Information: 301-5470, www.thegrandmacon.com