Tap don't walk to see Dames At Sea on Broadway at the very intimate Helen Hayes Theatre.
240 W 44th St, New York, NY. And if you're coming in from out-of-town and need a hotel, check out the very eclectic CitizenM Hotel plus many others in the theatre district.
The current Broadway cast includes Eloise Kropp, Lesli Margherita, John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Cary Tedder and was directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner. This show holds a special place in my heart because it was my first musical production I was cast in at college, UMass, back in 1974.
|Dames At Sea - UMass (yours truly on the left)|
I loved the show and especially the cast, but never had a chance to see Dames At Sea...until recently. There is so much talent in this little show about making it big on Broadway. The singing, the dancing, the comedic timing is flawless. Audience members were applauding the moment the orchestra started playing and before the curtain went up.
Some critics say it's dated...well of course it's dated. It was written in 1968 and it's spoofing 1930s movie musicals. It's supposed to be dated. But this production is so fresh with energy and comedy. I haven't laughed this hard at a Broadway show in ages. It's basically about a girl who gets off a bus with only a pair of tap shoes and she ends up starring in a Broadway show.
|Bernadette Peters and the original 1968 cast|
The book and lyrics were written by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise and it was first produced Off-Off Broadway at Caffe Cino starring Bernadette Peters. It put her on the "theatrical" map.
|Sardi's Upstairs Bar|
234 West 44th Street
Many people don't know about the second floor bar but it's a fantastic place for pre-theatre food and drinks without all the craziness that's going on downstairs in the main restaurant. But you still feel you're a part of the tradition and excitement this establishment exudes. Sardi's opened in 1927 and as most know, it has hundreds of caricatures hanging on its walls, of Broadway stars. Plus upstairs they offer you free appetizers. You can't get better than that!
But after the show we tried a new restaurant around the corner, Bocca di Bacco.
635 9th Avenue
|Bocca di Bacco|
|Bresaola e Pere|
|Eloise Kropp and Cary Tedder|
But please support the theatre and in particular Dames At Sea. If you don't mind laughing and smiling so hard your face hurts, get yourself a ticket.