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Tap dance stars at The Wick’s season opener

The plot’s incidental. Tap dance is the star of this show at The Wick Theatre’s first season production.

The opening night crowd gave the cast a standing ovation for “Hot Shoe $huffle,” a celebration of tap.

Move over Savion Glover. Seven song and dance men tap their toes en masse in this family show through Nov. 10.

How long did it take to find young men who could sing and learn how to tap in unison? The audience should have yelled “choreographer!” beside their applause. They’re listed as David Atkins, also co-credited with the story, and Justin M. Lewis in the house.

Two dancers are local, noted theater owner and producer Marilynn Wick. Austin Carroll was in the Wick’s “Funny Girl.” This is Jonathan Eisele’s fifth show there.

Dancers in top hats and tails and the band perform in a production number in The Wick Theatre’s “Hot Shoe $huffle.”

A live band’s introduced in a dazzling set and production number. The music’s straight out of the American songbook, from Hoagy Carmichael to Duke Ellington.

Costume designer Jim Buff gets a shoutout for the colorful duds and actress Alex Kidder’s spectacular gowns.

The rest of the Wick’s seventh season includes “The Music Man,” “Evita,” and “A Chorus Line.” Cindy Williams starts in “Nunsence,” the final show next May. The Wick has a show and dining package for New Year’s Eve and show New Year’s Day. There are several special productions.

There’s a Broadway and movie costume museum on site. The opening’s Oct. 29, and then tour packages with the shows.

The theater and museum are at 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca, box office 561-995-2333, tickets at https://thewick.org/

By Marci Shatzman

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