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Broadway legend Maurice Hines to present series of retrospective performances in Los Angeles this month

2 May 2014 9:14 AM
Broadway legend Maurice Hines to present series of retrospective performances in Los Angeles this month

Los Angeles is often noted for its successful film industry, but a number of the metropolitan area's other cultural offerings have long attracted accomplished artists and burgeoning enthusiasts alike. For instance, the city's exclusive theater scene has seen a number of famous faces and well-known names climb through the ranks of professional performer, eventually achieving national stardom. 

While New York City's Broadway shows are typically considered the paramount form of live entertainment, the City of Angeles will play host to a month of special performances by the one and only Maurice Hines in May. If you are a fan of his past choreography, you would be wise to reserve your admission to one of the upcoming shows, as he will present a retrospective look at the many steps he took to get where he is today. 

Program to cover Hines' four decades in show business
On the night of Friday, May 9, Hines will present the first of 19 performances of his newest show, "Tappin' Thru Life," slated for the Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. During these exciting shows, the famed dancer will take audience members on a trip through his last 40 years in show business. Using his honed skills of song and dance, Hines will pay tribute to singers he credits with inspiring him, as well as his brother Gregory, an accomplished performer who passed away almost 11 years ago.

Helping him to do so will be a talented all-female nine-piece big band known as The Diva Orchestra, as well as the celebrated Manzari Brothers, who will join Hines on stage for the first time since the smash hit production of "Sophisticated Ladies." Directed by Jeff Calhoun, this co-production with Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff and Cleveland Play House promises to be an entertaining experience that viewers won't soon forget. 

During his stay in Los Angeles, Hines will perform regularly throughout the month of May, sometimes offering two shows a day. His final presentation will be held the night of Saturday, May 24. Individuals interested in attending any of these performances are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time through the official event website, or by calling the box office at 310-746-4000. Those seeking additional information regarding the many presentations of "Tappin' Thru Life" can learn more by calling 310-246-3800.

Hines boasts decades of experience as star of stage, screen, television
Having began his career studying tap at New York City's Henry LeTang Dance Studio at age five, Hines has been a fixture in the spotlight for some time. Making his Broadway debut as an opening act with his brother at a very young age, he went on to headline his own shows and make numerous appearances on such television programs as "The Tonight Show." 

After earning a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical for his work in the musical "Uptown… It's Hot!" - which he conceived, directed and choreographed - Hines directed, choreographed and starred in the national tour of the musical "Harlem Suite" with such leading ladies as  Stephanie Mills, Jennifer Holiday and Melba Moore. He then successfully tried his hand at directing and choreographing a few music videos, including one for a tune of Quincy Jones' album "Back on the Block." As a musician, his jazz albums "Maurice: I've Never Been In Love Before" and "To Nat 'King' Cole With Love" received critical acclaim and remain popular to this day. 

While his stay at the the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts includes 19 shows, seeing Hines perform live is surely a once-in-a-lifetime event for many. Accordingly, those to plan on attending should make plans to do so soon.