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Cleveland Play House presents ‘Maurice Hines is Tappin’ thru Life’

The show brings the history of American tap dance to life and is directed by Tony-nominee Jeff Calhoun
The show brings the history of American tap dance to life and is directed by Tony-nominee Jeff Calhoun
Cleveland Play House

Show will run from May 30 through June 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Play House is excited to welcome dance legend Maurice Hines to Cleveland in the toe-tapping spectacular “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life”. The show is co-produced with Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage.

The show brings the history of American tap dance to life and is directed by Tony-nominee Jeff Calhoun (“Newsies”) and features the Manzari Brothers with music supplied by the all-female big band “The Diva Orchestra”. “Tappin’ Thru Life” will have an extended run through June 29, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Ohio.Special gratitude is given to CPH’s generous sponsor, Zinner & Co.

With song and dance, Maurice pays tribute to his brother and longtime dance partner, the late Gregory Hines as he takes the audience on a journey through their incredible careers. During the show Maurice will also pay homage to such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Judy Garland, among others. Its Vaudeville meets Vegas.

CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley comments: “We blissfully end our 2013-2014 Season on a high note with this electrifying production of Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life. CPH is honored to have dance icon Maurice Hines gracing our stage with such an incredible team of artists. We are delighted to share this uplifting and invigorating production with our CPH audience and look forward to an incredible new season.”

“Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life” Special Events

Tech Tuesday
Tappin’ Thru Life May 27, 2014
7:00pm - 8:30pm

During this FREE tech Tuesday event, you’ll talk with Tony Award-winning director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Grease) then sit in on a technical rehearsal ("tech") to see how set, lights, sound, costumes, live music, and performers all come together to create a toe-tapping song and dance extravaganza! RSVP required. Please email

TalkBack: Tappin' Thru Life
June 08, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

TalkBack: Tappin' Thru Life
June 10, 2014
9:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Tappin’ Thru History June 15, 2014
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Tap dance is an original American art form, and Tappin' star Maurice Hines is an American original, too. Join Hines and the cast of Tappin' Thru Life to experience the rich and surprising history of this art form, and the artists taking it into the 21st century.

Ticket Information

Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life will take place May 30 - June 29, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Tickets range in price from $45-$72 each. Students under the age of 25 with a valid ID will be offered a special $15 ticket price. Tickets are also just $25 for anyone under age 35, sponsored by Scene Magazine. To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit Groups of 10+ save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call (216) 400-7027.

About Cleveland Play House

Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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