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MONROE, Wis. — Celebrated and accomplished Broadway performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano will sing and tap dance their way into the hearts of the audience at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Monroe Arts Center (MAC), 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis.
Gorgeous vocals, exciting tap choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in their show, titled “Two on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance.”
“Two on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance” is the creative collaboration of Giattino and DeStefano. This delightful song-and-dance duo puts a fresh musical twist on classic songs by Gershwin, Mercer, Berlin and other “Tin Pan Alley” songwriters, adds the razor-sharp precision of tap choreography, and mixes in an enthusiastic measure of humor, creating the perfect blend of contemporary entertainment. Reveling in the chemistry and artistry of vintage couples like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, “Two on Tap” shows why those famous dancing duos from stage and screen continue to impress audiences of all ages.
DeStefano and Giattano met when they performed together on Broadway in the 2001 Tony Award revival of 42nd Street. Since then, they have engaged audiences worldwide with their gorgeous vocals, fancy footwork and special brand of humor.
Giattino began her professional performing career at the age of 17 in the national tour of A Chorus Line. She appeared in the all-Gershwin musical Crazy for You at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, and has sung and danced in the all-star cast of Show Boat on London’s West End. She made her Broadway debut as an original revival cast member of the tap-dancing spectacular 42nd Street. She was a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and she has assisted and dance-captained for some of the most famous tap choreographers in the business, including Tony Award-winner Danny Daniels and Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner. Gifted with a beautiful voice as well, Giattino has starred in musicals on stages around the world, including the title role in the international tour of Peter Pan, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun.
DeStefano has garnered rave reviews and awards for his performances around the world. Shortly after his graduation from Florida State University, he made his international debut with the Tony Award-winning musical Evita. He has performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center in Babes in Toyland, Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House in No, No, Nanette, and New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He appeared opposite Academy Award nominee Theodore Bikel in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and he has lent his lyric tenor to song-and-dance roles in many shows including 42nd Street, Anything Goes and Sugar Babies.
With outstanding vocal abilities that match their dancing talents, “Two on Tap” takes audiences on a trip down memory lane with the exciting art form of song-and-dance.
Reserved seat tickets are $25, $20 and $10 for students 18 years of age and younger. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office at 1315 11th St., by calling the MAC at (608) 325-5700 or 888-596-1249, or online at www.monroeartscenter.com.
Posted April 9, 2014