Chicago Tap Theatre Returns To City Winery With SWEET TAP CHICAGO

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Chicago Tap Theatre Returns To City Winery With SWEET TAP CHICAGO
Mar. 4, 2019

Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) presents Sweet Tap Chicago Sunday, March 10 at 3 and 7 p.m. at The City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Sweet Tap Chicago is a celebration of Chicago musicians and music, with all new arrangements by Kurt Schweitz, a live jazz quintet featuring rapper/singer/host Taylor Mallory and tap dancing. Musicians and bands to be covered include Chicago, Smashing Pumpkins, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield and more. Doors open one hour prior to start time and the running time of the performance is one hour and twenty minutes including one short break. Tickets are $40 for reserved admission seating and may be purchased at ChicagoTapTheatre.com, by calling 800-440-8539 or at the door, pending availability. Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more….

Chicago Tap Theatre pays homage to David Bowie via ‘Changes’

"From June 30 – July 16 at Stage 777, the company will reprise one its most popular shows, “Changes,” a “tap dance opera” that pays homage to the science fiction serials of the 1940s and to the music of David Bowie. Choreographed by Yonally, directed by Harrison McEldowney, and featuring all new arrangements of Bowie’s music by Kurt Schweitz, it tells of a planet inhabited by peace-loving aliens, and the events that unfold when they encounter both a power-hungry species from another world, and a potential hero in the mold of Major Tom. Yonally plays Altego, the bad guy, who, along with two henchmen, arrives on the planet, subjugates its inhabitants and takes their wings.

“We wanted to bring this show back to honor Bowie,” said Yonally, who, along the way, has learned that one of Bowie’s kids even takes tap lessons in New York. “For the previous two incarnations of ‘Changes’ we just used the original Bowie tracks, but with his death [in January 2016] we thought: People want to hear his voice. So we found tracks of him singing without any background orchestrations, added live violin and cello, and created something I think is special.”

By Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times, 6/28/17

Chicago Tap Theatre's presents CHANGES 6/30-7/16

Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) are proud to present Changes, a science fiction tap dance story show set to all-new arrangements of the music of David Bowie, directed by Harrison McEldowney, based on an original show created by Chicago Tap Theatre, choreography by Yonally with musical arrangements and direction by Kurt Schweitz, June 30 - July 16, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago Tap Theatre Named one of the Best Dance of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune for We Will Tap You!

"Chicago Tap Theatre with "We Will Tap You!" at the Athenaeum Theatre in June: Led by fearless Mark Yonally, this company has never hesitated to go out on a limb. But tap dance got a major shot in the arm with the vastly entertaining variety show "We Will Tap You!," set entirely to Queen songs (played live) and performed the night before Chicago's Gay Pride Parade. Major props to hilarious MC Mattrick Swayze and his dotty Swayzettes, but also to the stunt bicyclist, the marching band, the cheerleaders and the CTT dancers. Way to have fun."

-By Laura Molzahn

Chicago Tap Theatre named Best New Production for Time Steps in Dance Magazine

 
 

Time Steps - Best New Production by Dance Magazine 2016

"It isn’t easy to use tap to tell a psychologically nuanced and narratively complex story. Yet that is exactly what Chicago Tap Theatre did to riveting effect with Time Steps, a tale of romance, time travel, unexpected encounters and mortality. This wasn’t the first time CTT and its artistic director and choreographer Mark Yonally have spun stories through tap; past productions have dealt with everything from Chicago gangsters to the rock band Queen. But Time Steps turned out to be particularly haunting as it posed the questions: What if a time salesman could offer you the chance to revisit important moments in your life? Would you do anything differently? The sense of time moving backward and forward was skillfully suggested by counterclockwise circling and light, and the nervousness that comes with an interaction between strangers was conjured by alternately hesitant and excited taps. Each character had their own tap language and inflection, and each relationship played out with a distinctive back-and-forth of emotional footwork."

-By Guillermo Perez, Madeline Schrock, Hedy Weiss and Lauren Wingenroth