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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425, trholm@k-state.edu
Web site: http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/
News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu

Monday, Oct. 19, 2009

BROADWAY SENSATION 'TAP DOGS' TO DANCE ONTO THE STAGE AT K-STATE'S MCCAIN AUDITORIUM

MANHATTAN -- The hit Broadway show "Tap Dogs" will take the stage at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. The show is part of K-State's 2009-2010 McCain Performance Series.

"Tap Dogs" has been performed in 330 cities worldwide with 12 million seats sold. The show was created by two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer, Dein Perry. "Tap Dogs" was the instant hit of the Sydney Theatre Festival, where it had its world premiere in January 1995. Since its debut, "Tap Dogs" has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, the Far East and South Africa.

"Tap Dogs" features innovative dancing and theatrical entertainment in a rock 'n' roll-type atmosphere. The show's theme mirrors the industrial steel towns near Sydney, Australia, where Perry and the other future members of the group learned how to tap. The all-male dance crew dressed in faded jeans, flannel shirts and Australian work boots performs extreme tap dancing. They use props such as basketballs, ropes, scaffolding, power tools, and even water on a multilevel metal set designed to look like a construction site.

Tickets for "Tap Dogs" are on sale now. Prices start at $15 for K-State students and $30 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty, children and military also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/

The show will be preceded by a McCain Conversation at 6:30 p.m. in 026 Nichols Hall with Julie Pentz, K-State professor of dance. The lecture, which includes a demonstration, is free and open to the public. It will examine the multiple styles of tap dance.