January 25, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, Entertainment Editor for the Labor Press
The extraordinaire Song and dance man Maurice Hines returns to the New York stage with his new show "Tappin' Thru Life. The show is adroitly directed by Jeff Calhoun who staged the dance filled show “Newsies”.
Maurice’s brother was the late great Gregory Hines. They appeared together in the movie “The Cotton Club.”. The 90 minute show is a story of six decades of show business told through song and dance as well as photos. This toe tapping and entertaining show has the accompaniment of a fabulous all female band, the Diva Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Hines is a wonderful storyteller and emphasizes historical moments with song and dance which wows the audience. Quite a feat for a performer who is 72. Maurice and Gregory tapped their way to stardom beginning at ages 5 and 7respectfully. They performed with their father as “Hine, Hines and Dad,” and was on stage with the best performers of the time, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and name the television star series.
One of the highlights of the show is when Mr. Hines talks about how segregation in the 1950’s kept him off the Las Vegas strip as he sings “Smile though your heart is breaking”.
Mr. Hines, in a show biz tradition, passes the entertainment torch to two young brothers who demonstrated a great aptitude in tap dance, the Manari brothers, John and Leo. We must say that Maurice’s torch still shines brightly in this delightful and entraining show.