Remember the Tap Dance Kid on Broadway?

In New Jersey in the eighties they ran a lot of commercials for Broadway musicals. I remembered this one for “The Tap Dance Kid” because it featured Alfonso Ribeiro who I had seen on TV. The show opened in 1983 and would run for 669 performances before closing in 1985. Ribeiro left the show in 1984 and was replaced by his 10-year-old understudy, Savion Glovere. This commercial probably came out after the replacement (you can see a disclaimer at the start of the ad), but it still features Ribeoro in all his mid-eighties glory.


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One thought on “Remember the Tap Dance Kid on Broadway?

  1. ddsw says:

    I remember this commercial and my mother totally took me into the city to see the show. The only thing I remember about it is he rode the Roosevelt Island cable car across the stage in a rig suspended from the ceiling.

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