Tap dance is an American art form–with roots in traditional dances from all over the world. Some of you may have noticed that we are great fans of all dance, and have a soft spot for what we call the percussive style (à la Riverdance, for instance as in the recent Lords of the Dance.)
Much as we like watching the pyrotechniques of the latter, we have always enjoyed the quieter shuffle and pat of Gregory and Maurice Hines. Gregory Hines is remembered in his brother Maurice’s new musical tribute, along with an array of greats with whom Maurice Hines worked over the years.
Tappin’ Thru Life, at New World Stages through March 13th, written by Maurice Hines introduces two new tapstar brothers, John and Leo Manzari. The musical is directed by Jeff Calhoun, a nominee for Tony bests in choreography (Grease) and for direction of a musical (Newsies), and a dancer in his own right. The dancing and story are backed by the all female vivacious Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Sherrie Maricle.
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