By Adrienne Onofri
Updated June 02, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Hot Feet

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Never before have so many danced so much to so little consequence. Director-choreographer Maurice Hines (brother of the late Gregory) deploys a large and virtuosic ensemble to bring the R&B/disco funk of Earth, Wind & Fire to Broadway. But the dancing, while adroit and highly energetic, often has no context within the story — a slapdash tale of a young dancer’s rise and fall, with cartoonish characters (the booty-shaking diva, for example) and cringe-inducing plot twists (the lecherous impresario tries to seduce a girl he later learns is his daughter). For an extra layer of silliness, it’s framed as a cautionary tale told by the devil — disguised as a Latino vagrant — to another hoofer wannabe. The apparent moral of the story: Ambition is bad. Which may explain why the creators didn’t try harder to make their show more artful or plausible. Hot Feet‘s a respectable Broadway debut for star Vivian Nixon (Debbie Allen’s daughter); not so much for librettist/MTV Books author Heru Ptah. (Tickets: Call Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100, or visit Ticketmaster.com.)

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Hot Feet

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  • Stage
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  • Maurice Hines

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