THE TAP PACK – PEACOCK THEATRE REVIEW
Ok so admittedly we are late coming to you with this review for The Tap Pack, A fulltime job and sunny bank holiday weekend have delayed the writing of this review and it is that which was a disservice to you, as you should have been able to read about it sooner!
The Tap Pack is a wonderful show of Singing and Tap Dance bringing us wonderful displays of talent amongst each member of the group. Slickly dressed, polished shoes and good looks The Tap pack are a group of five tap dancers all the way from Australia.
You hear the Rat Pack and instantly think of the legends that are Sinatra, Dean and Davis Jnr, well here we have Rasmussen, Egan, Mulligan, Patterson and Brown entertaining us through our night at the Peacock Theatre.
Now they may not hit the heights of those aforementioned legends when it comes to singing ability although talented, the singing didn’t quite hit it for me. However, when it came to the tap dancing they excelled in a world of their own. Treated to classic songs from the swing era and some cleverly arranged versions of Ed Sheeran and Oasis the live band and singing accompanied the dancing well. Providing us with scenes played out in a bar, with cocktail shaker juggling and drinks thrown at each other at a very well choreographed speed we were suitably entertained.
Now, of course, there’s Tap Dancing and when it came to this the audience was left to focus on the feet. This really came into play when the cast got the opportunities to really show their ability in solo routines and this was when we were left dazzled with joy. Particular highlights were the western scene in act two where all we saw were the spotlight on the feet of the dancers which proceeded to give us a great duet, and a tap dance on a saw-dusted flooring which blew in the air when tapped on just brilliant.
Jesse Rasmussen my stand out performer gave us displays of brilliance when impersonating his tap dancing heroes and well impersonated they were along with a nice display of drum playing too. Thomas Egan specialising in improvisation and showcasing what we hope was just that an improvised routine, of which will never be seen again truly great.
Sean Mulligan was the Sinatra of this casting and while he brought charisma and a lot of the singing I would of like this solo to have been of the tap dance variety and not a song solo, albeit it his dancing throughout the show brilliant.
The set was well used and production of the multi-use staging used to maximum effect, changing from panels to a bar to a staircase. Again the live band brought us the songs of the swing era and like mentioned a very clever reworking of Oasis Wonderwall kept us in good spirits.
This show was an enjoyable one and is the first I have been to for Tap Dance, I was certainly left feeling entertained and enjoyed the audience participation that was encouraged throughout. The Tap Pack are to Tap Dance what the Rat Pack are to singing and it is there it lies, concentrating on what you are good at.
The Tap Pack runs until 19th May at The Peacock Theatre