Tony nominee Maurice Hines created and stars in Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life, which officially opened Jan. 11, following previews that began Off-Broadway Dec. 23. The Broadway vet is joined onstage by the tap-dancing Manzari Brothers, Ruth Sisters, Dario Natarelli and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra. Here's a look at the starry opening night!
Maurice Hines' Tappin' Thru Life Opens Off-Broadway
"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).'"
"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.