About Maurice Hines
MAURICE HINES is a star of stage, screen and television. He has been hailed as one of the greatest showmen of our era. He was recognized in a recent NY Times review of his 2016 Broadway show--"Tappin' Thru Life"--as an incomparable performer and raconteur. As a celebrity speaker he has few equals.
He commenced his acclaimed career at the age of five, studying tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. Mr. LeTang recognized his extraordinary talents and was soon choreographing numbers specifically for Maurice and his younger brother Gregory
Soon the young kid brothers were appearing on TV shows with Milton Berle, Arthur Godfrey and Ed Sullivan. They appeared on Broadway and toured as the opening act for such headliners as Lionel Hampton and Gypsy Rose Lee. Their father then joined the act and shortly thereafter "Hines, Hines & Dad" was performing to rave reviews in New York, Las Vegas and Europe. The group was featured on many television specials including "The Pearl Bailey Show", "Hollywood Palace", and were invited to 35 appearances by Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show".
Mr. Hines 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." After his thrilling performance, Broadway beckoned, and Mr. Hines created a sensation during the 1978-79 season singing and dancing with Gregory in the hit musical "Eubie!." He followed this performance with celebrated roles co-starring in Bye Bye Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O'Connor and followed that up with a starring role in Sophisticated Ladies.
Next, Mr. Hines made his silver screen debut in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club." As the film hit theaters across the country, so did Ballet Tap USA, a dance company created by Mr. Hines and Mercedes Ellington.
Mr. Hines then conceived, directed and choreographed the musical "Uptown… It's Hot!" which played for 17 sold-out weeks in Atlantic City. He joined the cast as a performer when the show moved to Broadway and received a 1986 Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical.
Maurice followed this achievement by co-directing and choreographing the National Tour of the musical "Satchmo" produced by Kenneth Feld. As one of the few Broadway stars who also truly loves the road, Mr. Hines 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' "Back on the Block" album. Mr. Hines then proceeded to direct "The Radio City Spectacular" (he was the first African-American director engaged by Radio City Music Hall). In the 1994-95 season, after starring in the role on Broadway Mr. Hines took the character of Jelly Roll Morton on e forty city National Tour of the musical "Jelly's Last Jam." He recently reprised 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, Dominican Republic. He has also created such new shows as "Broadway Soul Jam," while inaugurating a new entertainment complex in Holland.
His critically acclaimed jazz albums Maurice: "I've Never Been In Love Before" and "To Nat 'King' Cole With Love" are on the Arbors label. As always, all of Mr. Hines's performances are dedicated to his mother Alma, his agent, Susan Weaving and five decade manager, Stanley Kay.