Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk

Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
Posted on 02/15/2021
Image of Noise+Funk(from Mark Zimmerman, theatre arts director Firestone CLC and Akron School for the Arts)

"Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" is a musical revue telling the story, through tap, of black history from slavery to the present. The musical numbers are presented along with supertitles, projected images, videotapes and continuing commentary.

"Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater's Newman Theatre in 1995. It was directed by George C. Wolfe with costumes by Karen Perry. The cast included Savion Glover, Duquesnay, Gaines and Dule Hill.

The Broadway run opened at the Ambassador Theatre in 1996 and ran for 1,135 performances.

The New York Times review said that "Mr. Glover has found choreographic equivalents for the black experience in the days of plantations, urban industrialization, the Harlem Renaissance and latter-day race riots... This sense of flaming individuality is finally what the evening is about: not just the collective history of a race but the diverse and specific forms of expression that one tradition embraces."
Glover toured with the musical in 2002.

Image of Noise+Funk
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