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click to enlarge Andre De Shields and Georgia Engel in Gotta Dance

Andre De Shields and Georgia Engel in Gotta Dance

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 17 2016
Price: $38-$105
Do we really need another show about scrappy underdogs confounding popular stereotypes and their own self-doubt to achieve . . . well, whatever it is they're supposed to achieve? Sure we do, as long as there's something worthwhile in the telling. Gotta Dance doesn't qualify. Stopping in Chicago on its way to a Broadway run, the new musical based on a 2008 film documentary follows a bunch of senior citizens as they train to become a hip-hop dance squad, supplying half-time entertainment for a pro basketball team. Matthew Sklar's tunes are generic, as are Nell Benjamin's lyrics. Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin's book is a skeleton hung with trite backstories. And why doesn’t anybody say the obvious: That the squad is just a novelty designed to amuse fans with the spectacle of cute oldsters acting silly? Maybe because Gotta Dance is precisely the same thing. —Tony Adler



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