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Gregory Hines

 
Date Of Birth:
February 14, 1946
Date Of Death:
August 09, 2003 (57)
Bio:
Gregory Hines was a jazz tap dancer, singer, actor, musician and choreographer as well as an avid improviser of tap steps, tap sounds, and tap rhythms alike. His improvisation was like that of a drummer, doing a solo and coming up with rhythms. He also improvised the phrasing of a number of tap ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: February 14, 1946
Date of Death: August 09, 2003 (57)

Bio:
Gregory Hines was a jazz tap dancer, singer, actor, musician and choreographer as well as an avid improviser of tap steps, tap sounds, and tap rhythms alike. His improvisation was like that of a drummer, doing a solo and coming up with rhythms. He also improvised the phrasing of a number of tap ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Jelly Roll Morton
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Feste
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1982
Featured Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Featured Performer
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Production, 1980
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Scrooge
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Shoe Shine Boy
Shoe Shine Boy

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1992]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1980]
Choreographer
Choreographer

Gregory Hines Biography

Gregory Hines was a jazz tap dancer, singer, actor, musician and choreographer as well as an avid improviser of tap steps, tap sounds, and tap rhythms alike. His improvisation was like that of a drummer, doing a solo and coming up with rhythms. He also improvised the phrasing of a number of tap steps, mainly based on sound produced.

Hines made his Broadway debut with his brother in The Girl in Pink Tights in 1954. He earned Tony Award nominations for Eubie! (1979), Comin' Uptown (1980), and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), and won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Jelly's Last Jam (1992) and the Theatre World Award for Eubie!. Hines co-hosted the Tony Awards ceremony in 1995 and 2002.

In 1981, Hines made his movie debut in Mel Brooks's History of the World, Part I. He had a large role in The Cotton Club (1984), where he and his brother Maurice (in Maurice's sole film credit) played a 1930s tap-dancing duo reminiscent of the Nicholas Brothers.

Hines co-starred with Mikhail Baryshnikov in the 1985 film White Nights, and co-starred with Billy Crystal in the 1986 buddy cop film Running Scared. He starred in the 1989 film Tap opposite Sammy Davis Jr. (in Davis's last screen performance). He appeared alongside Whitney Houston and Loretta Devine in the highly successful 1995 film Waiting to Exhale and opposite Houston, Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance the following year in The Preacher's Wife. On television, he starred in his own sitcom in 1997, The Gregory Hines Show, which ran for one season on CBS, and had a recurring role of Ben Doucette on Will & Grace.

Hines died of liver cancer on August 9, 2003.


Gregory Hines Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Actor - Musical
Gregory Hines - , Jelly's Last Jam
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Gregory Hines, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Actor - Musical Gold Star
Gregory Hines, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Gregory Hines, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Choreography
Gregory Hines, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Gregory Hines, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Gregory Hines, Sophisticated Ladies
 
Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Gregory Hines , Comin' Uptown
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1979 - Best New Talent Gold Star
Gregory Hines, Eubie!
 
Theatre World Awards - 1979 - Performance Gold Star
Gregory Hines, Eubie!
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gregory Hines , Eubie!

Gregory Hines News

Moody Jazz Festival At NJPAC Kick-Starts With Jazzmeia Horn, Fantasia, Savion Glover, Photo Moody Jazz Festival At NJPAC Kick-Starts With Jazzmeia Horn, Fantasia, Savion Glover, and More!
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 7, 2022

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced the exciting line-up of the highly anticipated TD James Moody Jazz Festival. This year's program offers events combining jazz luminaries in collaboration with artists known for R&B, poetry, hip hop, and so much more. 

Return Engagement of I JUST WANT TO TELL SOMEBODY at Theater for the New City Postpon Photo Return Engagement of I JUST WANT TO TELL SOMEBODY at Theater for the New City Postponed to June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 4, 2022

With the actor suffering from acute laryngitis, Theater for the New City has been forced to postpone the return engagement of Ronald 'Smokey' Stevens in his one-man, two character production, 'I Just Want to Tell Somebody.' The piece was scheduled to be re-mounted November 10-27, 2022 and will now take stage June 1-18, 2023.

New Musical Project THE TEN Currently in Development for Broadway - Listen to a Demo  Photo New Musical Project THE TEN Currently in Development for Broadway - Listen to a Demo Track Now
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 17, 2022

Producers Ken Davenport and Primary Wave Music announced the development of The Ten, a new musical project inspired by the power and spiritual energy of gospel, featuring music that also draws from hip-hop, bluegrass, R&B, soul, and the blues.

AMERICAN MU$CLE To Have Its World Premiere At The New York Theater Festival, November Photo AMERICAN MU$CLE To Have Its World Premiere At The New York Theater Festival, November 8 ‚Ä" 12
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 14, 2022

New York's seedy underbelly takes center stage in award-winning playwright Fred Gordon's new play AMERICAN MU$CLE. The production will have its World Premiere at The New York Theater Festival in November.

Tapestry Dance Company Presents PRECIOUS PRESENT- THE JAZZ ELEMENT Photo Tapestry Dance Company Presents PRECIOUS PRESENT- THE JAZZ ELEMENT
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 14, 2022

Austin's acclaimed dance company Tapestry will bring a jazz version of the The Precious Present to the Austin Ventures Studio Theatre, Dec. 17 and 18, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Return Engagement of Smokey Stevens' I JUST WANT TO TELL SOMEBODY is Coming to Theate Photo Return Engagement of Smokey Stevens' I JUST WANT TO TELL SOMEBODY is Coming to Theater for the New City
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 14, 2022

To share an exceptional show with a wider audience, Theater for the New City will present a return engagement November 10-27 of Smokey Stevens  in 'I Just Want to Tell Somebody.'  

Cast and Creative Team Announced for STARDUST ROAD at York Theatre Company Photo Cast and Creative Team Announced for STARDUST ROAD at York Theatre Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 6, 2022

The York Theatre Company has announced the full cast and creative team for will the New York premiere of Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road, conceived by Susan H. Schulman, Michael Lichtefeld, and Lawrence Yurman, developed with Hoagy Bix Carmichael, and featuring music by the legendary Hoagy Carmichael. 

MUSE/IQUE to Present LA COMPOSED: A FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES MUSIC This Week Photo MUSE/IQUE to Present LA COMPOSED: A FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES MUSIC This Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 2, 2022

MUSE/IQUE continues its adventurous yearlong concert series, L.A. Composed: A Festival of Los Angeles Music, with Grand Avenue led by Artistic Director Rachael Worby and featuring the returns of Savion Glover, named by Dance Spirit magazine as one of the 13 Best Tap Dancers in History, and Charles Yang, recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award and described by The Boston Globe as one who 'plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.'

Stephanie Pope Lofgren to Teach Fosse Dance Master Classes at Playhouse Theatre Acade Photo Stephanie Pope Lofgren to Teach Fosse Dance Master Classes at Playhouse Theatre Academy This Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 18, 2022

Playhouse Theatre Academy will welcome back Stephanie Pope Lofgren for two exciting Fosse master classes. Stephanie is currently directing Playhouse on Park’s production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL, which tells the story of Billie Holiday’s final performance.

Harlem Stage Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: EXAMINED & More Photo Harlem Stage Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: EXAMINED & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Harlem Stage has announced highlights of its 2022-2023 season, whose centerpiece is a seven-event series devoted to deepening and unpacking understandings of the Black Arts Movement, its intersections with the larger Black Power Movement, and its historic and cultural relevance in today’s America.

Gregory Hines Videos

VIDEO: How FUNNY GIRL's Jared Grimes Tapped His Way to a Tony Nomination Videoplay
VIDEO: How FUNNY GIRL's Jared Grimes Tapped His Way to a Tony Nomination

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 8, 2022

Nick Arnstein might get all of Fanny's love, but this Broadway season, the Tony Awards are all about Eddie Ryan. Jared Grimes makes his Broadway musical debut in the hit revival of Funny Girl- a performance for which he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.

VIDEO: Tony Nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson Opens Up About Making History with LACKAWAN Videoplay
VIDEO: Tony Nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson Opens Up About Making History with LACKAWANNA BLUES

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 6, 2022

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is Broadway's jack of all trades this season. Not only did he direct MTC's Tony-nominated Skeleton Crew, but he wrote, directed and starred in Lackwanna Blues- the latter of which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: FUNNY GIRL's Jared Grimes Videoplay
Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: FUNNY GIRL's Jared Grimes

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 23, 2022

Today we're studying up on Jared Grimes, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for FUNNY GIRL.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre

by Gigi Gervais - Nov 20, 2021

Set in 1948 in a Chicago hotel that has seen better days, the interwoven stories of BLUES IN THE NIGHT evoke the misery and humor of life, love and the dogged determination to do more than just survive. The drama reveals itself through glorious songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.

VIDEO: Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell Reunite On RAGTIME Duet Videoplay
VIDEO: Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell Reunite On RAGTIME Duet

by Alan Henry - Jan 25, 2019

Twenty years after they first performed the roles, Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell re-united to sing 'Wheels of a Dream' from Ragtime LIVE at the Kennedy Center at the et Freedom Ring! concert in collaboration with Georgetown University on January 21st, 2019. Check out the video below!

VIDEO: In Conversation With The Cast Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT Videoplay
VIDEO: In Conversation With The Cast Of BLUES IN THE NIGHT

by Alan Henry - May 4, 2018

The Wallis production of BLUES IN THE NIGHT, conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps, starts performances next week in the intimate Lovelace Theater! Artistic Director Paul Crewes snuck into rehearsal to chat with cast members Yvette Cason, Bryce Charles, Chester Gregory, and Paulette Ivory about this exciting new production.

BWW Feature: Swedish Gun Factory Defies Description Videoplay
BWW Feature: Swedish Gun Factory Defies Description

by Caroline Sposto - Mar 7, 2018

SWEDISH GUN FACTORY is captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Explaining that this duo tap dances and plays musical instruments, is like describing Cirque du Soleil as an acrobatic troupe. True by definition, but the performance is beyond words.

BWW TV: Groove to Highlights from MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Finger Lakes
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2016

The Tony nominated, rock n' roll megahit, Million Dollar Quartet, opens tonight, September 15, at The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. The show runs until October 1 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. Based on the Dec. 4, 1956 recording session between Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, 'Million Dollar Quartet' features over 21 hits by the legendary artists. Click below to watch highlights from the show!

VIDEO: First Look - Nicole Byer Stars in MTV's New Comedy Series LADYLIKE, Premiering 6/9
by Caryn Robbins - May 11, 2016

MTV today announced the premiere of the brand new 30-minute hidden camera prank show LADYLIKE, premiering on Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

BWW Dance TV Interviews: Tony Waag
by Barnett Serchuk - Jul 13, 2015

Tony Waag (Producer/Artistic/Executive Director/Teacher) founded the American Tap Dance Foundation (formerly known as the American Tap Dance Orchestra) in 1986, along with Brenda Bufalino and the late Charles 'Honi' Coles. From 1989-1995, he co-created and operated, with Ms. Bufalino, Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center which became a model for numerous tap organizations and tap studios worldwide creating, producing, and presenting various educational programs for adults and children year-round, as well as annual winter tap intensives with master classes, courses and workshops taught by leading International artists and master tap dancers.


Gregory Hines Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Gregory Hines been in?
Gregory Hines has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has Gregory Hines been in?
Gregory Hines has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Gregory Hines been nominated for?
Best Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Best Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sophisticated Ladies , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Comin' Uptown , Best New Talent (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Eubie! Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Eubie! and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Eubie! .

What awards has Gregory Hines won?
Best Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam, Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam, Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam Best New Talent (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Eubie!and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Eubie!.