Best Tap Numbers?

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Best Tap Numbers?#1
Posted: 1/24/17 at 12:04pm

What are some of the best tap dance sequences in musicals?

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Best Tap Numbers?#2
Posted: 1/24/17 at 12:22pm

"In Summer" from Frozen...

 

But for reals, my favorites off the top of my head are Anything Goes (from... Anything Goes), Angry Dance (from Billy Elliott), and King of New York (from Newsies). 

 

I imagine Gatelli making "In Summer" a tap number though. A giant, tap-dancing snowman. 

 

 

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Best Tap Numbers?#3
Posted: 1/24/17 at 12:29pm

It's an individual number, but "I Can Do That" from A Chorus Line is classic, of course.

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 12:35pm

Oh, that's a good one. Also, Pennsylvania Graveyard Shuffle from Shuffle Along.

 

Basically, I just go with anything that makes me sit there and simultaneously think "I really wish I took tap" and "holy cow, how did they make it through that".

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Best Tap Numbers?#5
Posted: 1/24/17 at 12:37pm

Opening to 42nd Street, Springtime for Hitler, Good Morning (Singin' In The Rain).

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Best Tap Numbers?#6
Posted: 1/24/17 at 12:44pm

"I Want To Be Happy" from NO NO NANETTE

"42nd St." from 42nd STREET

"Go Into Your Dance" from 42nd STREET

 

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Best Tap Numbers?#7
Posted: 1/24/17 at 12:55pm

Turn It Off in Book of Mormon! (More as a great sequence than virtuoso tap dancing)

Moses Supposes from Singin in the Rain

Pretty much all of Jelly's Last Jam, particularly That's How You Jazz

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 1:00pm

The title number from Anything Goes.

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 2:00pm

Pretty much all of "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk," but maybe especially "The Lynching Blues." And "Pennyslvania Graveyard Shuffle" from "Shuffle Along."

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 2:07pm

"We Tapped That Ass" from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend if you want to include television :)

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 2:26pm

Omg. I love great tap numbers.    

Anything goes from the Sutton foster version ( and the Jonathan groff imitation).  Never saw any other version of anything goes. But the one I saw could have gone on all night. It was so thrilling.  

On the twentieth century.  Beginning of the second act - life is like a train.     Again so thrilling.  It went on and on and on.  

Anything from shuffle along.   - I don't remember which songs had the tap (since I don't have a cd to help me out!!!!    ??).    but they were great.  

 

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 2:27pm

"A Musical" from Something Rotten

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 3:21pm

I Got Rhythm - Crazy For You

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 3:24pm

"I'm Not a Loser" from the Spongebob Musical

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 5:59pm


Anything Goes from the 2011 revival, Friend Like Me from Aladdin, A Musical from Something Rotten, and King of New York from Newsies have been my favourites from Broadway in recent years.  I haven't seen the Broadway versions of 42nd street, but i love the tap sounds on the cast recording and have loved the tap numbers in that show in regional productions.

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 6:17pm

Morning Person 

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 7:05pm

I agree w/ "I Want to Be Happy" from No, No Nanette.

Also, "Who's that Woman?" from Follies. 

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 7:14pm

Warren Carlyle did amazing work in the Encores On Your Toes and After Midnight.

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 8:21pm

It's been awhile, so I can't remember what it was called... but I loved the tap number in Noise/funk, in which Savion had his back to the audience and there's voiceover explaining the evolution of tap and he performs the various styles as they're being explained.  He kind of morphs one into the next.  It was truly incredible.

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 8:57pm

Every tap moment from TAPPIN THRU LIFE, opening to 42nd Street, I CAN DO THAT and Pennsylvania Graveyard Shuffle (which was thrilling!)

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Posted: 1/24/17 at 9:19pm

MY ONE AND ONLY had some magnificent tap numbers.  That show was so much fun. 

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Best Tap Numbers?#22
Posted: 1/25/17 at 12:11am

Call_me_jorge said: "Morning Person 

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Such a fun number with the tapping mice "feet" and the reveal with the curtain. On Sunday Funday on SiriusXM recently, John Tartaglia was talking about the workshopping of SHREK and as I recall the mice were never in the scene. They were added just before the Seattle out-of-town. I also love Tesori's music for this scene which is sadly edited way down for the recording. 

Forgive the thread drift, but the cheap inflatable deer in Morning Person has always bothered me. In a show with a budget the size of SHREK's you'd think they could have come up with something better. When Diablo Theater Company (Walnut Creek, CA) produced it a few years back -- an excellent production by the way -- the deer was a very cute, lanky actor in a skin-tight deer costume. Got my attention! LOL After Fiona's "...a morning girlllll" instead of pulling off his antlers, an arrow sound is heard off-stage, and actor popped an arrow up from his chest faux fur and stumbled off stage, followed by Fiona's "Hooray."

 

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Posted: 1/25/17 at 12:22am

I've never seen MACK AND MABEL but this version of Tap Your Troubles Away is one my go-to videos when I'm feeling blue! If you've seen the show, please elaborate on TYTA. Did it have as much energy in the show as in this video? I hope no one tried to leave the show like the older couple caught on tape! LOL And the one female ensemble has a little slip but she recovers in a split-second. And one of the male soloists looks like Bill Irwin but it can't be him. 

And back in the day when we recorded the Tonys on VHS, I very nearly wore out the tape rewatching this number from Black and Blue . It must have been electric to see that live. 

 

 

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Best Tap Numbers?#24
Posted: 1/25/17 at 1:35am

BTW, that's a very young Savion Glover front and center in the wind-up of the "Black & Blue" tap number.

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Posted: 1/25/17 at 2:18am

I don't know if it's a "best."..but Forget about the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie is so fun..and the tapping typists number (name??) was so clever. They hold a special place in my memory...