Thursday, April 29, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 141

Concert reivew: Aerosmith

Tribute to Duke Ellington

Movie Review: Idle Hands


About the Cougar

Everlast combines hip hop and rock in new CD

By Jason Caesar Consolacion
Entertainment Co-Editor

'Da noise has been brought in and 'da funk is right beside it.

The four-time Tony award-winning musical Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk jump-started its Houston stint on Tuesday with an energy-filled production that kept the audience jammin' all night.

The musical will run at Jones Hall until May 2.

George C. Wolfe returns as the director of Noise/Funk, which also features the Tony award-winning choreography of Savion Glover.

Jimmy Tate and Christopher A. Scott (top), Dennis J. Dove, Derick K. Grant, Dominique Kelley and David Chapman (bottom) get down during "Industrialization", one of the first scenes in Noise/Funk.

Photo courtesy of Smyth/Katzen, Inc.

Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk is a groundbreaking production based on an idea by Glover and Wolfe. The musical employs the rhythms and energies of tap dancing, while celebrating the history of the beat. It presents text and songs which are accompanied by Glover's tap, the poetry of Reg E. Gaines and music by Zane Mark, Daryl Waters and Ann Duqesnay. Derick K. Grant, a member of the world premiere production at The Public Theatre, recreates Glover's choreography for the tour.

The show includes remarkable performances by David Peter Chapman, Dennis J. Dove, Sean C. Fielder, Jimmy Tate and 16-year-old Dominique Kelley.

Kelley is the youngest member of the cast. In a recent interview, he talked about being a part of one of the hottest productions out there.

"On the performance aspect, it's great because each dancer brings something different to the stage," Kelley said. "There's a lot of improvisation in the show and with everyone's different styles and skills, it's fun to feed off each other and perform together."

Kelley faces the challenge of taking part in the hardest working show on the road. Being the youngest cast member also causes him to drag along a whole other bag of difficulties.

"It's very difficult, but you just have to conduct yourself in a professional manner," he explained. "The hardest part about it is when people forget how old you are. Sometimes people will ask me, 'Hey, remember that song from the '70s?', and I'm all, 'Man, I was born in 1982!'"

Despite the age difference, Kelley holds his own on the same stage with some of the best dancers in the country. His performance as Uncle Huck-A-Buck is a show-stopper.

The rest of the cast is amazing, providing eye-boggling performances on the dance floor. The orchestra, directed by Richard Cummings, rips through the show with the piercing sounds of jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, gospel and hip hop.

"This show is for everyone, every age and race," Kelley said. "It definitely has a message. It's a family show because there's someone for everyone. There's poetry, music, dance, singing, drummers -- even if you like lights, the light crew is great.

"What we hope for is that you leave the show with a different perspective on things," he continued. "We hope to change your outlook on life. That's the message we're trying to get out there -- that it's all about unity. Despite our diversity, we're all one in this huge world of ours."

Tickets for the show can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Foley's and Kroger. To charge by phone, call (713) 629-3700. Ticket prices range from $15 to $49.50. Performance times are at 8 p.m. every night until Saturday. Afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. will be held Saturday and Sunday.

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