Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life with Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra + The Manzari Brothers$28.50 - $48.50 Buy Tickets
Maurice Hines is a star of stage, screen and television. He commenced his amazing career at the age of five, studying tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. LeTang recognized his extraordinary talents and was soon choreographing numbers specifically for Maurice and his brother Gregory.
Soon the two brothers were appearing on Broadway and touring as the opening act for such headliners as Lionel Hampton and Gypsy Rose Lee. Their father then joined the act and shortly thereafter the group known as Hines, Hines & Dad was performing to rave reviews in New York, Las Vegas and Europe. The group also appeared on many prestigious TV shows including The Pearl Bailey Show and Hollywood Palace. They also made 35 appearances on The Tonight Show!
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Mr. Hines later pursued a solo career and success soon followed when he was chosen to star as Nathan Detroit in the national touring company of Guys and Dolls. Broadway beckoned and Mr. Hines created a sensation with his singing and dancing in the hit musical Eubie! He followed this performance with celebrated roles as he co-starred in Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O’Connor and starred in Sophisticated Ladies.
Next, Hines made his film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club. As the movie hit theaters across the country, so did Ballet Tap USA, a dance company created by Maurice Hines and Mercedes Ellington.
Hines then conceived, directed and choreographed the musical Uptown …It’s Hot! which played for seventeen sold-out weeks in Atlantic City. He joined the cast when the show moved to Broadway and then received a 1986 Tony Award Nomination as Best Actor in a Musical.
Hines followed this achievement by co-directing and choreographing the national tour of the musical Satchmo produced by Kenneth Feld. As one of the few stars who truly loves the road, he then directed, choreographed and starred in the National Tour of the musical Harlem Suite with successive leading ladies Jennifer Holiday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore.
Following these successful stage runs, Mr. Hines turned his attention to directing and choreographing music videos, including I’ll be Good To You, the first release from Quincy Jones’s Back on the Block album. Mr. Hines has also directed the Radio City Spectacular. In the 1994-95 season, Hines starred as Jelly Roll Morton in the forty-city national tour of the musical Jelly’s Last Jam. He recently returned to the role of Nathan Detroit in the first-class national tour of Guys and Dolls.
Internationally, Mr. Hines has had the pleasure of directing and choreographing the musicals Havana Night in Cuba and an all-Latin version of The Red Shoes in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He has also created such new shows as Broadway Soul Jam, which inaugurated an entertainment complex in Holland.The Manzari Brothers
John and Leo Manzari are Helen Hayes Award and Ovation Award nominated tap dancers/performers. The brothers have performed all over the United States at renowned venues such as Off-Broadway’s New World Stages, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Theater, The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center and Arena Stage. In addition to theatre, the tap dancing duo has made television appearances on PBS’ special Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room, The Jerry Lewis Telethon and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Leo and John were awarded the Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Award from the National Congress of Black Women in recognition of their work. Here they are on The View as introduced by Whoopi Goldberg:
The DIVA Orchestra, based in New York City and celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, is led by the extraordinarily talented drummer, jazz artist, composer, teacher and music director Dr. Sherrie Maricle. Drawing on a broad range of experiences, DIVA’s brilliant band members compose and play jazz, standards, swing and pop music; many play several instruments and all bring an unbridled, compelling energy to their performances. Arrangements are written exclusively for DIVA by band members or prestigious composers and comprise a library of more than 400 songs.
DIVA has recorded over 12 albums including the critically-acclaimed Johnny Mandel: The Man and his Music, recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and conducted by Mandel himself. Other DIVA recordings include Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, featuring vocalist Carmen Bradford (2008), TNT — Tommy Newsom Tribute, a compilation of charts the late Mr. Newsom arranged exclusively for DIVA (2005), Live in Concert (2002), I Believe in You (1999), Leave It To DIVA (1997) and Something’s Coming (1995).
DIVA has enjoyed International appearances at Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, France, Teatro de Sistina in Rome, Italy, the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany, Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals in Canada, Bogota International Jazz Festival in Colombia, Jamaica Jazz Festival, Zagreb Jazz Festival in Croatia and the
Pori Jazz Festival in Finland. They’ve played the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium and have been featured many times on CNN Art’s Break and on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. They have also been honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside James Brown, James Taylor and John Denver.