Manatee Players bring national stars to Bradenton for 'Two on Tap'

December 27, 2012 

The song-and-dance show "Two on Tap," which has an engagement Friday through Monday at the Manatee Players, marks the collaboration of national musical theater stars Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano.

The singing-and-tapping duo's act features tributes to greats such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers accompanied by favorites from the American Songbook. Giattino and DeStefano also tap with contemporary hits by the likes of Billy Joel, Norah Jones and the Black Eyed Peas.

Giattino's long list of credits includes appearing on Broadway in the revival of "42nd Sreet."

DeStefano's resume notes such accomplishments as performing opposite Oscar nominee Theodore Bikel in the national tour of "Fiddler on the Roof."

Details: 8 p.m. Dec. 28-29, 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets: $26 (adults), and $13 (students). There will also be a New Year's Eve show 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Ticket includes the show, desserts, party favors and watching the ball drop from New York City along with a Champagne toast at midnight. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. The tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton Information: 941-748-5875 or

--Wade Tatangelo

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