Tapology Concert Performance featuring Mercedes Ellington

7:00 pm Sunday October 28th at The Whiting

2017 The McFadden Brothers

 

“The McFadden Brothers” are world-class entertainers whose career spans across many countries and venues. Their unique style and abilities have earned them the label as being a “triple threat,” in that they are both accomplished singers, tap dancers and musicians.  Their show encompasses their own unique style of entertainment that only real-life brothers can.  Their dancing style has that silken touch.  Exibiting a wide range of steps from soft-shoe to street-corner moonwalking.  Their voices complement each other, making their singing style very smooth and enjoyable.  Topped off by their effortless-looking, but extremely difficult instrument playing.  They have the ability many long for but few obtain.  They intermix their singing, dancing and musical abilities with their own brand of comedy that creates a true entertainment experience.  The McFadden Brothers have proved time and time again to possess an on-stage charisma that enables them to command and please audiences of all ages, leaving them with a fun and highly memorable experience that is rare in today’s world of entertainment.


The McFadden Brothers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in show business; Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Gladys Knight and The Count Basie Orchestra to name a few. They have played all types of venues from casino show rooms to arenas and coliseums including, MGM Grand and Hilton casinos in Las Vegas, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Nimes Coliseum, Nimes, France, Rosemont Theater, Chicago, Lincoln Center, New York, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA.  They have performed for all types of audiences including most recently a USO tour to Kuwait and Iraq for our troops.

Ronnie Lonnie McFadden Tapology2017 HonoreesThey have been entertaining since they were in elementary school, learning their licks from their father, Kansas City hoofer and all around entertainer Smilin’ Jimmy McFadden. Their Dad, danced with the likes of “The Count Basie Orchestra,” “Blanche Calloway’s Harlem Review,” “Jay McShann,” and many more of the top name entertainers and orchestra’s of the 30’s and 40’s. Along with leading a top notch tap dancing act of his own, “The 3 Chocolate Drops.” The 3 Chocolate Drops traveled around the eastern and central United States. Working in the same circuit as “The Berry Brothers,” “The Rhythm Kings” and another group by the name of “The Will Mastin Trio.”

Their theater credits began in 1985 with a play written by St. Louis television personality and playwright John Auble, who wrote “Steps, The Pops McFadden Story.”  The play met with rave reviews in St. Louis and was held over an additional 4 months.  In the mid 1990’s they were both cast and starred in “The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show,” which played in Kansas City at the Coterie Theater.”  Written by playwright Carlyle Brown from New York who said “It was the best production he had seen because along with great acting ability, the actors were really playing the musical instruments.” In 2000, they were cast in a production called “After Hours,” produced for the H & R Block Theater at the Union Station. The play ran for 8 months and was met with rave reviews. Individually, Lonnie recently played Satchel Paige in a production written by Danny Cox entitled “The Monarchs Of KC” and Ronald recently played Wining Boy in “The Piano Lesson,” written by August Wilson.     

While traveling with Wayne Newton, The McFadden Brothers were unique in that they played in his orchestra as musicians, were featured performers in the middle of the show as tap dancers and singers, and every where Mr. Newton needed an opening act, The McFadden Brothers also filled that spot.

In 2008, The McFadden Brothers released their first CD entitled “Chapter One,” a compilation of many of the songs their fans had been asking them to record for years.  They are presently in the process of recording their second CD which will be entitled “Chapter Two.”  This will be a compilation of all original compositions that fans have requested.

In 2009, The McFadden Brothers were the topic of a documentary movie entitled “Sons of a Hoofer,” produced by Reel Images and premiered in front of a sold out audience.  Later that same year, they were the special guests of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra for their Christmas Show.  The McFadden Brothers were featured singing, tap dancing and as soloist musicians.  In 2012 Lonnie released his own CD entitled "I Believe In Music" which features original songs written by him and his daughters and featured Lonnie, Ronald and Lonnie's daughters Gina and Chloe McFadden.

It has been said that; "The McFadden Brothers are the Legitimate Link between the generation of Gregory Hines and Savion Glover."  In today’s world of entertainment, it is very rare to see performers with the ability to captivate, entertain and create a memorable experience for audiences of all ages.  The McFadden Brothers are perfect for corporate events, casino showrooms, nightclub engagements or festivals.  They travel with their own rhythm section but can accommodate up to an 18 piece big band.


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