Two Brother Duos Set for Arena Stage's MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE; Full Cast Announced!
Hines dedicates this show to his mother, Alma, who he speaks of as "a truly remarkable lady who supported and nurtured our love of performing. Whenever I am on stage I always follow the advice she told Greg and I, 'No matter what you do on stage and in life, always do it with class!' She still is the reason why I cannot wait to hit the stage at Arena eight times a week!"
Jeff Calhoun (Director) makes his Arena Stage debut. No stranger to Washington, Jeff is an associate artist at the Ford's Theatre where his production of Violet opens in January 2014. Jeff is currently represented on Broadway by Disney's Newsies, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Director. Some of Jeff's other Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River, Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, Tommy Tune Tonite and The Will Rogers Follies. On tour and internationally, Jeff directed Dolly Parton's 9 To 5 and Disney's High School Musicals 1 & 2. Jeff began his career as a tap dancer, working with the likes of Tommy Tune, Ann Miller, Ken Berry, Arthur Duncan and the Nicholas Brothers. The highlight of Jeff's performing career was tap dancing with the legendary Charles "Honi" Coles on Broadway in My One and Only.
Maurice Hines (Creator, Choreographer, Performer) last appeared at Arena Stage in Sophisticated Ladies and Guys and Dolls. Broadway credits include Eubie!, Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O'Connor, Sophisticated Ladies, conceived/directed/choreographed/starred in Uptown...It's Hot (1986 Tony Award Best Actor nomination) and collaborated with Maurice White to choreograph/direct the hip-hop musical Hot Feet featuring the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Along with his brother and father, he performed in Hines, Hines, & Dad in New York, Las Vegas, and Europe and also performed in Uptown...It's Hot! (Atlantic City); choreographed Hairspray (Santo Domingo); and choreographed/starred in Dance, Dance, Dance Snap and Cool Papa's Party (Metro Stage, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography). He starred in the national tour of Guys and Dolls, directed/choreographed/starred in the national tour of Harlem Suite with successive leading ladies Jennifer Holiday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore and starred in the national tour of Jelly's Last Jam. Film credits include Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club. At the age of five, Maurice studied tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. He created the Dance Company Ballet USA with Mercedes Ellington. Maurice has directed and choreographed many music videos, including I'll Be Good to You, the first release off of Quincy Jones' Back on the Block albuM. Maurice became the first African-American director for Radio City Music Hall when he directed The Radio City Spectacular. Maurice's latest album on Arbor Records To Nat 'King' Cole, With Love was released to critical acclaim.
The Manzari Brothers previously appeared in Arena Stage's production of Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines at the Lincoln Theater. John and Leo were also seen in the 50th Anniversary of the 35th President of the United States at the Kennedy Center, Ellington Songbook and Sacred Concert at the Strathmore Theater and Great American Songbook at The Palladium in Indiana. They each received a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Resident Musical 2010 for Sophisticated Ladies. Their TV credits include Mo'Nique Show, special guest on So You Think You Can Dance, Jerry Lewis Telethon and PBS NewsHour. They are graduates of the Field School and proud members of Actors' Equity Association.
The Heimowitz Brothers began dancing at the age of four (Sam) and five-and-a-half years old (Max) and are students at Knock on Wood Tap Studio and members of Capitol Tap. Specific performances include Chloe Arnold's Tap City Student Showcase in New York City, Jersey Tap Fest in Bloomfield, N.J., Beantown Tap Fest in Cambridge, Mass. and numerous performances with Capitol Tap in the D.C. area. Sam was a featured performer in Lucky's Tap Dancing Feet at the Atlas Theater. Max and Sam have been greatly influenced by Lisa Swenton-Eppard, founder/artistic director of Capitol Tap; Baakari Wilder, assistant artistic director of Capitol Tap; Yvonne Edwards, co-founder of Knock on Wood Tap Studio; Hillary-Marie, founder/director of Jersey Tap Fest; and Chloe and Maud Arnold, founders of DC Tap Festival. They take piano lessons and have competed in gymnastics in addition to being seventh grade honor students at Alice Deal Middle School.
The creative team for Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life includes Set Designer Tobin Ost, Costume Designer T. Tyler Stumpf, Lighting Designer Michael Gilliam, Sound Designer Carl Casella, Projection Designer Darrel Maloney, Stage Manager Kurt Hall and Assistant Stage Manager Marne Anderson.
Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life is generously sponsored by Susan and Steven Bralove, Linda and John Derrick and Virginia McGehee Friend.
Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life Special Events
Tappin' Thru Style - A Showcase of Italian Fashion
During the run of Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life, on the occasion of 2013 - The Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the Mead Center's lobbies will be graced by an exclusive collection of haute couture garments and accessories on loan from the Italian Embassy. This special Living Lobby display, enriched by videos produced by Vogue Italia with the support of the Italian Trade Commission, is inspired by Maurice Hines' desire to honor his late brother Gregory, and their mutual love of fashion. Gregory's favorite suit was a design by Giorgio Armani, and this special collection of artfully tailored pieces includes items from that designer, among many others.
Piano Bar-Wednesday, November 20, 2013 following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Following the success of last season's post-show piano bars, Arena Stage continues the popular piano bar tradition this season by hosting a free event during the run of Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life. Grab a drink and gather 'round the piano for show tunes hosted by Joshua Morgan with special guests in the Grand Lobby. No ticket necessary.
Post-Show Discussions with Artists and Staff
Connect with our shows beyond the performance at a post-show conversation. December 4 and 11 following the noon matinee; December 4, 10 and 17 following the 7:30 p.m. performance.
John & Leo Manzari
Max & Sam Heimowitz
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Set Designer: Tobin Ost
Costume Designer: T. Tyler Stumpf
Lighting Designer: Michael Gilliam
Sound Designer: Carl Casella
Projection Designer: Darrel Maloney
Stage Manager: Kurt Hall
Assistant Stage Manage: Marne Anderson
Tickets for Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life are $50-$99, subject to change and based on availability, plus applicable fees. For information on savings programs such as student discounts, Southwest Nights, Pay-Your-Age tickets, Family Fun Packs, HOTTIX and Hero's Discounts, visit arenastage.org/shows-tickets/single-tickets/savings-programs/. Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org, by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.
Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Weekday matinees at noon on Wednesday, 12/4; Wednesday, 12/11 & Tuesday, 12/17
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Open-captioned performances: 11/27 at 7:30 p.m. & 12/26 at 8:00 p.m.
Audio-described performance: 12/14 at 2:00 p.m.
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