When one of his students writes a jazz ballet called "Slaughter on 10th Avenue", Junior passes it on to wealthy impressario Peggy Porterfield (the soignee Christine Baranski) who is sponsoring a visiting Russian ballet troupe run by Sergei Alexandrovitch (Walter Bobbie in the evening's best performance). Junior becomes smitten with tempestuous prima ballerina Vera Baranova (Irina Dvorovenko, perfectly cast) to the sorrow of his lovestruck girlfriend Frankie (Kelli Barrett). When lead dancer Konstantine (the sizzling Joaquin De Luz) is unable to master the jazz syncopation required for the new ballet, Junior is called upon to take the lead.
The jealous Konstantine hires a gunman to kill Junior during the ballet forcing the terrified hoofer to dance for his life until the police arrive to arrest the hitman.
Naturally, "Slaughter" was a highlight but the score is packed with gems such as "There's a Small Hotel", "It's Got To Be Love", "Glad To Be Unhappy" and the gorgeous "Quiet Night". But the evening's out and out showstopper was the title song, a joyous and thrilling challenge dance between the Russian ballet dancers and Junior's music students in tap shoes which finally ended with the company dancing in perfect unison. A knockout.