Ted Louis Levy

Birth Place: Chicago

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Ted's professional training began in Chicago with Mrs. Shirley Hall Bass and Mr. Finis Henderson II, Master Tap Dancer and former manager of Sammy Davis Jr.. Mr. Henderson encouraged Ted to pursue a professional career in the performing arts, begining at The Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.

Mr. Levy made his Broadway debut in the smash hit Black & Blue, then collaborating with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the Choreography of Jelly's Last Jam, for which he received a TONY NOMINATION, DRAMA DESK NOMINATION and the OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD. Awarded an EMMY AWARD for his television debut performance in the PBS Special Precious Memories, he appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X for his film debut.

His production of Ted Levy and Friends, directed by Gregory Hines, celebrated Ted as one of America's premier Tap Dance Artists. Influenced by Mr. Hines, Ted acquired his directorial debut as Director of Savion Glover's, Dancing Under The Stars at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater. He also assisted in the choreography of Broadway's Tony Award winning hit Bring In 'Da Noise! Bring In 'Da Funk! Ted appeared in the movie Bojangles with Gregory Hines.

Ted returned to Broadway as Papa Jack in Susan Stroman & Harry Connick Jr.'s Thou Shalt Not. Ted portrayed the role of The Mikado in The Ford Theater's production of The Hot Mikado, for which he won a HELEN HAYES AWARD, the Old Globe, Leslie Bricusse production of Sammy, based on the musical life of Sammy Davis Jr., Martha Vinyard’s salute to the Tukeegee Airman entitled Fly. The LePetit Theatre production of Jelly’s Last Jam in the Roll of Jelly Roll Morton afforded Ted, two 2018 BIG EASY AWARD NOMINATIONS for Best Choreography & Best Leading Actor In A Musical.

This NAACP and three time JEFF AWARD NOMINEE’s most recent effort is a production entitled AM I BLUE.

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Ted Louis Levy STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Theatre Company One-Night-Only Benefit, 2018
Mr. Magix

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New York City Center Encores! 2023 Season Will Include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA with Ruthie Ann Miles, OLIVER! and DEAR WORLD with Donna Murphy

Full programming for New York City Center’s 2022 – 2023 Season was announced, including Adam Guettel’s Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza, Jerry Herman’s 1969 musical Dear World and Lionel Bart’s Oliver! See the full schedules and how to get tickets!

Student Blog: Tap Dance - Moving to the Rhythm of Your Heart

A couple of weeks ago, I was the stage manager of “The Golden Era”, a Tap Dance show directed by Carolina Guzmán, my tap teacher and mentor. The show managed to take the audience on a journey back in time, to a jazz club in the 40’s, with a live jazz band and tap dancers swinging along with the rhythm. Being part of this show was a big deal to me because tap is part of who I am.

Little Island's Dance Festival to Kick Off Tomorrow

Little Island, New York City’s new public park in Hudson River Park by W. 13th Street, will begin performances for the 2021 Dance Festival tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15. The percussive dance focused festival is Co-curated by Little Island Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard and will run through Sunday, September 19.

30th Anniversary of RHYTHM WORLD Announced

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s (CHRP) 30TH ANNIVERSARY festival of American tap - RHYTHM WORLD - will present performances at the Jazz Showcase, Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Lake Stage, Black Legislators Auditorium at the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Amber Iman, Daniel J. Watts & More Announced for Little Island Storytelling Festival And Dance Festival

Little Island, New York City's new public park in Hudson River Park by W. 13th Street, announced today the line-up for the 2021 Storytelling Festival, running July 21-25, 2021 and Dance Festival, running September 15-19, 2021.

The New Works Virtual Festival Begins Tonight

The first-ever New Works Virtual Festival kicks off tonight! Every evening from December 5th - 25th of 2020 at 8PM EST/5PM PT, the New Works Virtual Festival will stream video readings of 20 new scripts of non-musical pieces (19 plays, 1 teleplay) as well as an 21st (a 'Christmas Special') featuring the work of a diverse group of writers and all-star cast members.

Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, December 4 with Michael James Scott, Isaac Mizrahi and More!

Today (December 4) in live streaming: Michael James Scott visits Backstage Live, Isaac Mizrahi in concert, and so much more!

VIDEO: Watch the New Works Virtual Festival on Stars in the House- Live at 8pm!

Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with the New Works Virtual Festival with Marc Kudisch, Miguel Cervantes, Shuler Hensley, Michael Leon-Wooley, Brenda Braxton, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Ted Louis Levy, Glenn Morshower, Megan Cavanagh, Joely Fisher, Marsha Mason, Adam Jacobs, John Rubinstein, Judy Kuhn, Liz Larsen, Stuart Pankin, George Wendt, Vincent Rodriguez III, Bruce Vilanch, Leigh Ann Larkin, Carmen Cusack and Christina Bianco.

New Works Virtual Festival to be Featured on Stars In The House

On Friday, December 4th, the New Works Virtual Festival will be featured on Stars in the House hosted by NWVF cast member Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.

New Works Virtual Festival Announces Final Plays And New Dates

The New Works Virtual Festival will stream 20 new non-musical scripts every day from December 4th - 24th of 2020 (19 plays, 1 teleplay) featuring the work of a diverse group of writers and all-star cast members. A 21st piece will be selected from holiday-themed submissions to be streamed on December 25th.

Virtual Theatre This Weekend: October 24-25- with LaChanze, Broadway Sings for Biden, and More!

Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, October 24-25, 2020.

New Works Virtual Festival Announces New Plays And Dates

The first ever New Works Virtual Festival will stream video readings of 20 new non-musical scripts (19 plays, 1 teleplay) featuring the work of a diverse group of writers and all-star cast members.

Santino Fontana, Eva Noblezada and More Announced for New Works Virtual Festival

Filming via Zoom has begun for New Works Virtual Festival. From Sunday October 25th to Saturday the 31st, the NWVF will stream video readings of 20 new scripts of non-musical pieces (19 plays, 1 teleplay) featuring the work of a diverse group of writers and all-star cast members. 4 new play scripts have been announced by the team.

Five Titles Announced For The Actors' Fund's New Works Virtual Festival

From Sunday October 25th to Saturday the 31st, the New Works Virtual Festival will stream video readings of 20 new scripts featuring the work of a diverse group of writers and all-star cast members.

Marc Kudisch and More Will Lead SOMETHING'S COMING, New Play on the Making of WEST SIDE STORY, Kicking Off The New Works Virtual Festival

The New Works Virtual Festival, now scheduled to take place from Sunday October 25th to Saturday the 31st, will stream video readings of 20 new scripts featuring the work of a diverse group of writers and all-star cast members.

Tonya Pinkins, Judy Kuhn, Seth Rudetsky, Carmen Cusack and More to be Featured in THE NEW WORKS VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

From Sunday October 18th to Saturday the 24th, the first-ever New Works Virtual Festival (NWVF) will stream video readings of 20 new scripts featuring the work of a diverse group of writers and all-star cast members. All proceeds will be donated to the Actors Fund.

VIDEO: Stream the Series Finale of Ayodele Casel's Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

For the series finale, Canadian-born tap dancer Lisa La Touche shares her struggles and journey to peace as a single mother uprooted from her home in New York and 16-year-old Makenna Watts reveals how tap dancing placed her on a path to happiness and growth.

VIDEO: New York City Center Presents AYODELE CASEL'S DIARY OF A TAP DANCER V.6: Episode 1 - Ted Louis Levy

New York City Center has released Ayodele Casel's Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us Episode 1 - Ted Louis Levy.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project will Present Annual Holiday Performance HOLIDAY RHYTHMS

Now in its fourth decade, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) presents performance, education and community development programs throughout the city throughout the year.

Wake Up With BWW 11/14: City Center's A CHORUS LINE Gala, and More!

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: City Center holds its gala performance of A Chorus Line, and more!

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