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MAURICE HINES: MAY 14 – 19, 2013

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Tue May 14 2013 – 7:30 PM
Wed May 15 2013 – 7:00 PM
Thu May 16 2013 – 7:30 PM
Fri May 17 2013 – 8:00 PM
Sat May 18 2013 – 8:00 PM




Photo by Scott Suchman from Arena Stage’s production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES.



Life-long performer and Tony nominee Maurice Hines taps us through his 40 years in show business in this celebratory production. Through song and dance, Hines pays tribute to both his brother, Gregory, and the singers who have been an inspiration throughout his life, including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams and Lena Horne. Bringing the history of tap dance to life, he incorporates memories of the past and performers of the future, featuring the virtuosic talents of the Manzari Brothers—stars of the next generation of tappers. Tappin’ Through Life will be accompanied by the Berklee College of Music Jazz Ensemble with arrangements by Nelson Riddle.


Dancer, actor, choreographer, director and singer Maurice Hines is an artist who has showcased his talents in a variety of settings, including Broadway, stage, TV and film. From the age of five Maurice and his younger brother Gregory performed as a dance duo opening shows for legends such as Lionel Hampton and appeared as a trio with their father on “The Tonight Show” 35 times. Hines landed the role of Nathan Detroit in a touring production of Guys and Dolls that garnered his work on the Broadway stage in such musicals as Eubie! and Sophisticated Ladies. Eventually, he caught the eye of director Francis Ford Coppola, who cast both Maurice and Gregory in the 1984 gangster drama, The Cotton Club. In 1986, Hines created, choreographed and starred in the musical Uptown...It’s Hot!, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Since that time, Hines has choreographed and directed numerous productions as well as music videos. A notable singer in the jazz tradition, Hines released his debut solo album, I’ve Never Been in Love Before, on the Arbors label in 2001 and To Nat King Cole with Love in 2006.


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