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Broadway performers coming to MAC April 12
Broadway performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano bring their all-singing, all-tap dancing show, "Two on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance," to the Monroe Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Reserved seat tickets are $25, $20 for adults, and $10 for students 18 and under. Tickets are available at MAC box office, 1315 11th St., Monroe; by calling 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249; or at (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Broadway performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St., with their show titled, "Two on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance."

"Two on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance" is the collaboration of Giattino and DeStefano. The song-and-dance duo puts a twist on classic songs by Gershwin, Mercer, Berlin, and other "Tin Pan Alley" songwriters, adds tap choreography and mixes in humor.

DeStefano and Giattino met when they performed together on Broadway in the 2001 Tony Award revival of "42nd Street." Since then, they have played for audiences worldwide.

Giattino began her professional performing career at the age of 17 in the national tour of "A Chorus Line." She appeared in the all-Gershwin musical "Crazy for You" at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, and has sung and danced in the all-star cast of "Show Boat" on London's West End. Giattino made her Broadway debut as an original revival cast member of the tap-dancing spectacular, "42nd Street." She was a member of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and she has assisted and dance-captained for Tony Award winner Danny Daniels and Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner. 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."

DeStefano has earned awards for his performances around the world. Shortly after his graduation from Florida State University, he made his international debut with the Tony Award-winning musical "Evita." He has performed at New York City's Lincoln Center in "Babes in Toyland," Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House in "No, No, Nanette," and New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella." He 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."

Reserved seat tickets for Two on Tap are $25, $20 and $10 for students 18 years of age and under. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, 1315 11th St.; by calling MAC at 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249; or visiting

Prior to the concert, learn about Broadway music at the documentary film screening of "Syncopated City" scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in the second floor auditorium at the Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave. A half-hour audience discussion led by James Beaudry of Timber Lake Playhouse begins at 7:30 p.m. Film screening and discussion are free and open to the public.

The event has been underwritten by Corporate Underwriter Colony Brands, Inc., and Media Underwriters Monroe Publishing, LLC, and Big Radio. Additional underwriting for this presentation has been provided by Lee and Chris Knuteson; Henry and Adair Najat; and Deb Thompson.