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The Tap Pack does The Rat Pack

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The Tap Pack

The Tap Pack is an elegant and entertaining nod to the Rat Pack era featuring high-energy performances of mind-blowing tap dancing, smooth vocals, a swinging jazz band and witty on-stage banter. The five-member cast wins the audience from the first downbeat and the pace of their performance never slows. They joke, they compete, they croon and they cajole while performing cool classics with a fresh twist. This lively show features dazzling showmanship by some of Australia’s finest tap dancers tapping up a storm, dressed in slick suits and equipped with sharp wit. With credits on stage, film and television and with over 20 musical theater productions between them, The Tap Pack is pure entertainment. They sing. They dance. They joke. They bring a fresh, invigorating energy to a timeless style, — “old school cool” redefined.

Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $66, $46, $36. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.

Comic Showcase

The Magnificent Bastards

Laugh the night away with three of comedy’s most outspoken names and their famous friends. Lewis Black, screenwriter-SNL legend Alan Zweibel and comedian-TV host John Fugelsang come together with a rotating cast of friends as the Magnificent Bastards. They offer up their take on politics, world events, sex, cats vs. dogs, embarrassing vices, religion, unpopular opinions, irritating hashtags, Hollywood myths and legends, dirty jokes, and tips on surviving modern daily life. Known as the king of the rant, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger pointing to skewer anything and anyone who gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. Zweibel, an original SNL writer, joins in on the fun, with his comic prowess, as does Fugelsang. The actor-comedian-broadcaster is a respected political commentator, who appears on multiple media outlets, in addition to hosting  “Tell Me Everything” weekdays on SiriusXM Insight.

Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $35-$55. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.