Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap & laughter to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more

Singer/tapper Luke Hawkins brought an extraordinary evening of singing, dancing and laughter to the Birdland Theater on Monday 20th June. The show was a love letter to these art forms as Luke paid homage to the history of tap dancing greats. The song-and-dance man was joined by his friends Alex Newell, Max von Essen, Eloise Kropp, Matt Baker, Mia Gentile, Alicia Niwa and Mary Donnelly. The show was arranged by Balint Varga and the band included Jonathan Arons, Geoff Burke, James Cronin, Ben Golder Novick, Rob Garcia and Victor Murillo. Luke’s friend and colleague Harry Connick, Jr. was at the house cheering like mad, then treated the packed house to an inspirational performance with the band.

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Luke Hawkins is a New York-based tap dancer and choreographer. He appeared in and choreographed the Broadway show Harry Connick Jr. – A Tribute to Cole Porter at the Nederlander Theater in 2019. La Seine Musicale in Paris and the Paladium Theater in London.

Luke’s theater work includes the Broadway production of Xanadu, Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel (NYC) and Joya (Cancun, Mexico) and New York City Center Encore’s productions of No, No, Nanette. Gentlemen prefer blondes and tiptoe. He has played several leading roles in regional productions such as Ren in Footloose, Huck in Big River, Bert in Mary Poppins, Action in West Side Story, Will Parker in Oklahoma, Tulsa in Gypsy and Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone. His television and film credits include tap dancing alongside Channing Tatum in the Coen brothers film Hail Caesar, 2015 Tony Awards, Gossip Girl, One Life to Live, America’s Got Talent, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Annie Live.

Luke regularly teaches tap dance at Broadway Dance Center and tours with the NRG Dance Convention. Luke has performed as a soloist in tap dancing with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the American Pops Orchestra. He was crowned Mr. New York in 2012 and is a Capezio athlete. Follow him on @Luketaps.

Copyright: Kevin Alvey

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Matt Baker

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Mary Donnelly, Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins, Alicia Niwa

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Alex Neull

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Mia Gentile

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Max von Essen

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Eloise Kropp, Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Eloise Kropp, Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Geoff Burke

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Ben Golder Novick

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Jonathan Arons

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Harry Connick Jr.

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Jonathan Arons, Luke Hawkins, Harry Connick Jr.

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Harry Connick Jr.

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Vogelland Theater

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins, band

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins, cast

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings Jazz, Tap & Laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Rear – Matt Baker, Mary Donnelly, Jonathan Arons, Geoff Burke, Balint Varga, James Cronin, Ben Golder Novick, Victor Murillo Center – Alicia Niwa, Mia Gentile Front – Eloise Kropp, Luke Hawkins, Max

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