Dance-theater sensation 'Tap Dogs' coming Dec. 6 to Eisenhower

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- "Tap Dogs" -- described by a Chicago Tribune critic as “exciting, athletically feisty, fun-loving and often hilarious” -- is coming back to Penn State. Eleven years after last appearing at the Center for the Performing Arts, the rough, tough and rocking dance-theater production returns with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

“It’s two shows in one,” asserted a critic for The New York Times. “It revels in both choreographed athleticism and the idealized masculine form.”

Winner of 11 international awards, "Tap Dogs" premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival, moved on to London and New York City and has been a crowd-pleaser across North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry created the tap show, with a construction site set by designer/director Nigel Triffitt and a driving score by composer Andrew Wilkie.

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Tickets are $62 and $53 for an adult, $44 and $38 for a University Park student, and $54 and $48 for a person 18 and younger. Tickets are available at or by phone at 814-863-0255 and 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays) and Bryce Jordan Center (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

The Village at Penn State Life Care Retirement Community sponsors the presentation. MAJIC 99 is the media sponsor.

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Last Updated November 13, 2012