Overview

Jazz so good you’ll tap your feet. (But please leave the tap-dancing to Maurice Hines.)

Fresh from a successful off-Broadway run, Tappin’ Thru Life comes to NJPAC! Tony Award-nominated Broadway dancer Maurice Hines taps us through his incredible career in this song-and-dance celebration that pays tribute to his brother, the legendary Gregory Hines. Backed by his tap protégés, The Manzari Brothers, and accompanied by the acclaimed, all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra directed by Sherrie Maricle, Tappin’ Thru Life includes Hines’ distinctive take on your favorite American standards, including:

  • Luck Be a Lady
  • Smile
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
  • I’ve Never Been in Love Before
  • Get Me to the Church on Time
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin

“Crowd-pleasing showmanship … as a song and dance man, he is quite irresistible.”

­– The Seattle Times

“He’s an old-school entertainer, the life of the party … he’s a spoonful of sugar and a shot of caffeine … it’s a pleasure to be in the company of a shameless, ebullient vaudeville heart.”

–The Washington Post

Sponsored by The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers