Maurice Hines' Tappin' Thru Life to Close

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Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life, created by and starring the Tony nominee, will play its final performance Feb. 21 at New World Stages Off-Broadway. The show, helmed by Newsies director Jeff Calhoun, officially opened Jan. 11, following previews that began Dec. 23, 2015. 

"I have had an absolute ball bringing Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life to New York," said Hines in a press statement. "Since my brother and mother made their transition, I have been lonely but keeping them alive every night has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I am truly appreciative for all of the love and support that I receive nightly from audiences."

"Broadway legend Maurice Hines taps us through his incredible career in show business in this song and dance celebration," states a description on the show's website. "Hines pays tribute to his brother, Gregory, and the performers who inspired him—from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne—with standards like 'Luck Be a Lady,' 'Smile,' 'It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).'"

Along with Hines, whose numerous stage credits include The Girl in Pink Tights, Eubie! and Sophisticated Ladies, the show features dancers John and Leo Manzari, Devin and Julia Ruth, Dario Natarelli and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra.

"This show started with my wanting to celebrate my brother Gregory," Hines said in an earlier statement. "I read an article on tap a few years ago and his name wasn't mentioned — so wrong! But now I get the chance to honor properly what a fabulous tap dancer he was. This show also gives me the opportunity to thank the fantastically effortless performers who influenced me." Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life has set design by Tobin Ost, sound design by Michael Hahn, lighting design by Michael Gilliam and projection design by Darrel Maloney.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TappinThruLife.com. New World Stages is located at 340 W. 50th St., New York.

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