I Remember Harlem (A Tap Dance Tale)

Book by Kevin Ramsey and Lee Summers

Music and Lyrics by Lee Summers and Kevin Ramsey

I Remember Harlem (A Tap Dance Tale)

I Remember Harlem opens on the funeral of a recently deceased African American song and dance man of yesterday whose deferred dreams of stardom had culminated as a Harlem bootblack (shoe shine man) next door to the World Famous Apollo Theatre. Beloved by his community, we meet those who mourn him – along with the surprise attendance of the elderly but spry, charismatic, Dr. Rhythm, who arrives, a mysterious tap-dancing angel. Against a backdrop of a 1990’s Harlem at the advent of gentrification, this high energy tap dance musical features the syncopated rhythms of the masters – while asking, “why must we forget who we are in order to find ourselves?”


“Harold Nicholas (of the legendary Nicholas Brothers) starred in the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of If These Shoes Could Talk,[4] which also starred Tony nominee Ted Levy, an original tap dance musical by Lee Summers and Kevin Ramsey. The leading character, a seasoned triple threat/hoofer, “Dr Rhythm,” was written for Nicholas and would be his farewell stage performance in a musical. ” Wikipedia.com

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