Tribute to Song & Dance
Two on Tap marks the creative collaboration of celebrated musical theatre performers (and longtime friends) Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. Their combined love for the beautiful melodies from the early days of Broadway along with the classic precision of tap choreography take center stage in their performances at theatres and concert venues around the country. Their debut show, entitled A Tribute to Song and Dance, celebrates the chemistry and artistry of those iconic couples from the Silver Screen and the Tin Pan Alley songs that made them famous. Utilizing pieces created and arranged by noted tap choreographer Richard Schwartz as well as their own original numbers, Giattino and DeStefano weave sung standards and fancy footwork together to engage young and old audiences alike in a fast-paced 50-minute act. Classic songs including 'I Got Rhythm,' 'Yes Sir, That's My Baby,' 'The Glory of Love' and 'Fascinating Rhythm' performed by this high-spirited couple are guaranteed to please both audiences looking for a heartwarming trip down "Memory Lane" and theatrical newcomers looking for an evening of sophisticated and exciting entertainment. The exciting CD debut recording of Two on Tap, featuring all of the toe-tapping tunes featured in their new act A Tribute to Song and Dance, captures all of the exciting energy of Melissa and Ron's live show, featuring Richard Schwartz's stylish vocal arrangements and accompanied by a swinging jazz band under the baton of accomplished music director and orchestrator David Snyder. MELISSA GIATTINO began her professional performing career at the age of 17 in the National Tour of A Chorus Line and hasn't looked back since. While appearing in the all-Gershwin musical Crazy for You at the famous Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, Ms. Giattino auditioned for the Hal Prince/Susan Stroman production of Show Boat and soon found herself singing and dancing alongside an all-star cast on London's West End. Her talents as a true "triple-threat" performer eventually led her back to her home state of New York, where she made her Broadway Debut as an original revival cast member of the tap-dancing spectacular, 42nd Street. Her incredible talents have been featured as a member of the most well-known kick-line in history, the Radio City Rockettes, and she has assisted and dance-captained for some of the most famous tap choreographers in the business, including Tony Award winner Danny Daniels and Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner. Gifted with a beautiful voice as well, Ms. Giattino has starred in musicals on stages around the world, including the title role in the International Tour of Peter Pan, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. RON DESTEFANO has garnered rave reviews and awards for his performances around the world, from the hottest cabaret venues of New York City to the lavish opera houses of Europe. Originally from South Florida, Mr. DeStefano spent his college years balancing classical vocal performance studies at Florida State University with professional musical theatre roles at Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach. Following graduation, he made his way to Manhattan, began auditioning for the Broadway stage, and only months later found himself making his international debut with the Tony-Award winning musical Evita. Since then, he has crisscrossed North America, singing and dancing at some of the most historic and well-reputed venues in the United States, including New York City's Lincoln Center (Babes in Toyland), Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House (No, No, Nanette) and New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella). Mr. DeStefano appeared opposite Academy Award nominee Theodore Bikel in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and he has lent his lyric tenor to song-and-dance roles in many shows including 42nd Street, Anything Goes, and Sugar Babies. No stranger to the New York City nightclub circuit, he received the coveted Back Stage Bistro Award for his cabaret work and has multiple studio recordings to his credit, including his most recent release - a solo album of romantic songs from the theatre entitled Where Is Love....