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Having stayed dormant for over 10 years, 'Hot Shoe Shuffle' is ready to hit the stage again. In celebration of its 21st birthday, David Atkins Enterprises is taking the comedy musical around Australia, with a UK tour planned for 2014.
In order to receive their recently deceased father's fortune, the seven Tap Brothers, Spring, Slap, Buck, Wing, Tip, Tap and Slide, must perform his famed tap dancing act, the Hot Shoe Shuffle. There are two dilemmas: they must perform the act with their long lost sister, April, and she has two left feet. A family friend steps onto the scene to facilitate sibling rivalry and prepare the family for the performance. Hilarity ensues.
The tap performances are fast paced, big and showy, as any good tap performance should be, and it's clear the dancers possess technical prowess. The soundtrack harks back to the 1940s, with Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Kern/Gershwin tunes amongst others.
The new production has big 'tap shoes' to fill. The original production garnered various awards such as the Laurence Olivier Award for Choreography and an ARIA Award, as well as selling out seasons across six countries, including London's West End. It shouldn't be too difficult for the 2013 season to find success though, being in the capable hands of David Atkins, who co-wrote and starred in the original production.
Each of the new cast members has a long history in performing on stage. Bobby Fox (Spring) played Frankie Valli in 'The Jersey Boys' and Jaz Flowers (April) was Tracey Turnblad in 'Hairspray'. Flowers says that she grew interested in musical performance when, as a child, she would sing to the original production of 'Hot Shoe Shuffle' with her brother. A good advantage for a cast member in the new production, as she already knew all the words of every song!
With jazzy numbers galore, bold sets and tap dancing til your heart's content, 'Hot Shoe Shuffle' promises to be an uplifting and engaging experience for the whole family. As their "ticketing royalty" representative, who worked in the Box Office when David Atkins was a child, says: "For God's sake, buy the tickets… I'll shoot you if you don't!"