Theatre: Tap Day

Seeing gay, smiling Negro Bill Robinson on the street, most people would guess he was 40. Watching him tapdance, most people would guess he was 30. Last week Manhattan had the chance to see him on the street and dancing, simultaneously. Accompanied by a police escort, followed by a crowd, for 16 blocks down Broadway he gaily, grinningly, unweariedly clicked his heel-&-toe. It was Bojangles' way of celebrating his 61st birthday.


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