I was lucky enough to be invited to catch Hot Shoe Shuffle in Melbourne on their limited season. For those that don’t know, Hot Shoe Shuffle is one of the most successful Australian musicals of all time.
It tells the story of seven Tap Brothers that learn the death of their famous father and discover that they have an inheritance waiting for them, provided that they successfully meet the conditions in their father’s will. The plot is purposely silly and not meant to be taken seriously. What makes this musical so special and what the show is about, is all about the tap dancing.
Now I must confess, I’ve always had an interest and admiration for tap dancing. Ironically enough, this was my first experience watching tap dancing live, and it was AMAZING! Although I did enjoy it, I do personal feel the show is not without flaws. The first act of the show displays a very loose plot that nearly makes the musical fall flat. I felt that the costumes in the first act were quite dated, and the show should have modernised a little bit more to keep up with the times. Perhaps it’s just me, but nobody would be caught dead in the colourful outfits the Tap Brothers are wearing in the first act. To be fair, they are costumes, but they just weren’t pleasing on the eyes, in my opinion. Despite the almost lack of a plot, the show was rescued by it’s amazing second act, and all that I was unsure about was forgotten.
Throughout the entire musical, the dancing is superb. The cast make tap dancing look so easy, but we are all well aware that it’s not. In particular, I was most impressed by Bobby Fox‘s happy feet and was astonished by his solo tap number. In fact, the entire cast are extremely talented, however I do believe Bobby solo number was a definite highlight for me. The last time I saw Bobby Fox perform, in a musical, it showcasing his singing and his amazing falsetto, so I’m starting to wonder what can’t this talented man do?
Not to be outdone, I think that David Atkins is amazing to produce, direct and star in this musical during it’s 21st anniversary. It really must be so great to star in something you created and then bring it back to life again.
Despite these tiny flaws which I highlighted, the show is funny, entertaining and I would definitely see this production again. It has already been stated that the show is not really about the plot, but about the dancing. And if that’s what they had aimed to display, then they’ve successfully achieved their goal.
There’s something magical about Hot Shoe Shuffle. If you don’t already love tap dancing, you definitely will by the end of this show. The show is only going to be in Melbourne for 4 weeks, so make sure you go see it!