Theatre challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbour who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal to see Tap Dogs at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. For $48, you get one ticket for seating in rows B–U of the orchestra or rows A–K of the lower balcony (up to a $96.50 value, including all fees). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, September 29, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, September 29, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, September 30, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, September 30, at 7 p.m.
Doors open one hour before each show. Water is used during the show; the theatre will provide ponchos to those sitting in the first two orchestra rows.
Praised as “positively electrifying” by the New York Observer, the six members of the Australian-born Tap Dogs explode onto a makeshift construction site teeming with scaffolding, thin steel beams, and water. Each performer straps on specially modified Blundstone work boots to dance, tapping around and on objects while backed by the funk grooves of two musicians.
Dein Perry, a native of the steel town of Newcastle, Australia, created the award-winning phenomenon as an homage to his construction worker roots. Beginning with a rousing performance at the Sydney Theatre Festival in 1995, Perry’s show soon picked up a trove of accolades as it traversed the globe. The cast moves together as a unit, stomping their heels and toes atop the strategically placed rubble and causing London's Metro to assert, “They make popstars look like shrinking violets.”
The Royal Alexandra Theatre has been in operation as an opulent Edwardian jewel box with stellar sightlines for more than a century. Its period details of imported marble, gilded plaster, and crystal chandeliers—if not the basement ice pit that let the theatre's original operators tout air-conditioning long before modern HVAC technology existed—remain intact.