TAP!, Dancers Over 40's final event of their 2011 – 2012 season brings the world of tap center stage for a discussion and performance by DO40 members and guests. This May's event is hosted by Mercedes Ellington, (Sophisticated Ladies, No, No, Nanette!) and begins with a discussion of the history of tap by DO40 members Mercedes and Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street). The program includes two panels and performances, featuring tappers from Broadway and beyond, as well as a salute to the tap teachers of the golden ages of theater and film, including Paul Draper, Honi Coles, Henry Le Tang, Bob Audy and Ernest Carlos.
Featured guests include Harvey Evans and Noah Racey, with Karin Baker, Randy Skinner and Karen Prunzik (42nd Street), James Dybas and Patti Mariano (George M!), Linda Rose Iennaco (No, No, Nanette!), Teak Lewis, Lawrence Merritt, Joy Serio Dunbar, Max Pollack and Tony Waag, Artistic/Executive Director of The American Tap Dance Foundation, as well as performances and tap demonstrations by Noah Racey, Linda Rose Iennaco, Karen Prunzik, and Karen Callaway. Film clips will also be a highlight of the evening, featuring many of the tap greats of the 20th Century: The Nicholas Brothers, The Step Brothers, Gregory Hines, Georgie Tapps, The Copacetics, Fred & Ginger, Fred & Eleanor, Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor!