"Dames at Sea"

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When their theatre is condemned, a cast of six taps and charms their way into a new venue for their musical: the deck of a Naval battleship

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Dames at Sea

When Utah girl Ruby steps off the bus in the Big Apple, tap shoes in tow, she’s got one goal: to perform on the Great White Way. But New York’s got more in mind for the starry-eyed newcomer than a life in the chorus. First, the city throws a handsome sailor her way, then condemns the theatre where she’s slated to make her Broadway debut. Luckily for her fellow high-steppers, small-town girls have plenty of pluck. Desperate to make sure the show goes on, Ruby starts hunting for a stage—and as luck would have it, a Naval battleship’s docked right nearby. Turns out a swabbed deck is just perfect for a little soft-shoe. A tribute (and affectionate skewering) of the Golden Age musicals, Dames at Sea delivers exactly what the title promises, plus more than a little backstage (then maritime) romance.

Busby Berkeley needed a lot to pull off his glamorous movie musicals: chorus girls by the dozens, ever-shifting sets, massive orchestras, and lots and lots of takes. Dames at Sea pulls it off with just six people and plenty of tap shoes. While the production took its first bow in 1968 with some nobody named Bernadette Peters starring as Ruby, this revival, directed by three-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner, marks the show’s Broadway debut. Eloise Kropp (On the Town) steps into Peters’ tap-covered heels and 2009 Olivier Award winner for Best Performance In A Supporting Role In A Musical, Lesli Margherita, plays grand dame Mona Kent. Along with the rest of the cast, their effervescent charm caught the attention of the New York Times even before the show’s opening, as the paper featured Kropp’s rendition of “Star Tar” in their widely read “In Performance” section.

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