Two articles in the Post:
At the National, 'Hot Feet' Tramples Earth, Wind & Fire
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 30, 2006; Page C01
If members of a high school drama club were asked to develop a show based on the songs of the '70s sensation Earth, Wind & Fire, they easily might come up with something subtler than the ghastly tangle of cliches that have been crazy-glued together for "Hot Feet," the Broadway-bound mishmash that opened Tuesday night at the National Theatre.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/29/AR2006032902545.html'Hot Feet' Writer Is on the Move
A hip-hop-inflected retelling of "The Red Shoes," "Hot Feet" dances the night away merrily oblivious to the fact that ultimately, the foot bone is connected to the brain bone. As conceived, directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines, this $8 million curiosity cuts a clueless-verging-on-vulgar swath through the terrain of that Broadway staple, the backstage musical. It banks on the notion that you'll believe perspiration can be a substitute for inspiration.
By Lisa Traiger
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, March 31, 2006; Page WE23
Think "Dancing With the Stars" meets "American Idol." Add in Earth, Wind & Fire hits such as "After the Love Has Gone," "Shining Star" and "September," plus a 20-minute hip-hop ballet. The result? The new, Broadway-bound "Hot Feet," about an ambitious ingenue, Kalimba (Vivian Nixon), who dreams of becoming the next dance superstar.