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

Singer/drummer Luke Hawkins provided an extraordinary evening of song, dance and laughter at the Birdland Theater on Monday, June 20. The show was a love letter to these art forms, as Luke paid homage to the history of the big names in tap dancing. 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 in the house cheering like crazy, then treated the packed house with an inspiring performance with the band.

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Luke Hawkins is a New York-based tap dancer and choreographer. He performed and choreographed the Broadway show, Harry Connick Jr.- A Tribute to Cole Porter at the Nederlander Theater in 2019 and choreographed Connick and performed alongside him in 43 concerts including The Hollywood Bowl, Wolftrap, UNO Lakefront Arena at New -Orléans, La Seine Musicale in Paris and the Paladium Theater in London.

Luke’s theater credits include Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway production of Xanadu, Banana Shpeel (NYC) and Joya (Cancun, Mexico) as well as New York City Center Encore productions of No, No, Nanette. Gentlemen prefer blondes and on your toes. He played several lead roles in regional productions like 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. Her television and film credits include tap dancing alongside Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers film Hail Caesar, the 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 Parade and Annie Live.

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

Photo credit: Kevin Alvey

Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Matt Boulanger

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
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Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Mary Donnelly, Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke HawkinsAlicia Niwa

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
alex newel

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Mia Kind

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Max von Essen

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Eloise Kropp, Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Eloise Kropp, Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Geoff Burk

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Ben Golder Novick

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Jonathan Aron

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke Hawkins

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Harry ConnickJr.

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Jonathan Aaron, Luke Hawkins, Harry ConnickJr.

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Harry ConnickJr.

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

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
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Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Luke HawkinsCast

Photos: Luke Hawkins brings jazz, tap and laughs to the Birdland Theater with Alex Newell, Max von Essen and more
Return – Matt Boulanger, Mary DonnellyJonathan Aaron, Geoff BurkBalint Varga, James Cronin, Ben Golder Novick, Victor Murillo Middle – Alicia Niwa, Mia Kind Front – Eloise Kropp, Luke Hawkinsmaximum

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