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Tappin' Thru Life - A Song & Dance Musical

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Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Absorbing

About the show

New World Stages presents Broadway legend Maurice Hines's 'Tappin’ Thru Life,' a song and dance celebration of his career in show business. More…

A swinging, song and dance musical that celebrates the showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a bygone era still working today. Hines pays tribute to his brother, Gregory, and the performers who inspired him—from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne—with standards like 'Luck Be a Lady,' 'Smile,' 'It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),' and more. Hines is backed by The Diva Jazz Orchestra an all-female big band, and sharing the stage with his protégés, the Manzari Brothers.

Member Reviews (67)


Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Absorbing
Avg Score

Boring, Slow, Indulgent, Old school, Concert

See it if you're a big Maurice Hines fan and want to hear him tell name dropping stories and don't want to see him dance for 90% of the show.

Don't see it if you are expecting a tap show--it's mostly a retrospective and he sings a lot of standards and then there's a smattering of dance at the end.

Great music, Great dancing, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy jazz & swing music. You enjoy tap dancing. You're familiar w/Maurice & Gregory Hines + performers from the '50s & '60s.

Don't see it if You hate jazz & swing. You don't like tap dancing. You aren't familiar w/the Hines Brothers or performers from the '50s & '60s.

Entertaining, Must see, Resonant, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You like a good story well told, exciting big band sound & tapping, & an old pro doing what he does best, & stay to hear all women big band

Don't see it if You're spiritually dead

Enchanting, Delightful, Funny

See it if you want to see the dapper and amazingly energetic Mr. Hines share moving and charming memories of his brother and life in the business.

Don't see it if you don't like fabulous tap dancing by a veteran and by wildly talented young siblings and a rockin' all female jazz band.

Entertaining, Dated, Happy, Old standards, Delightful

See it if You don't expect a plot, but enjoy a song and dance revue by a joyous, masterful entertainer with occasional autobiographical anecdotes.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy song and dance, or expect a play with plot.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Original

See it if You love feeling like you are in nightclub with a little bit of everything-- Singing, and tap dancing, intertwined in a biography.

Don't see it if Do not enjoy tap dancing, biographical stories or musicals in general.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of the Hines brothers and tapping. Want to see old school meets new school. Like a show with class.

Don't see it if You don't know who Maurice and Gregory Hines were. Don't like tap.

Original, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Dated

See it if You like jazz or big band

Don't see it if You need plot

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of old Hollywood or the career retrospective type shows.. Mr. Hines is so charming and talented-- this show is like a big hug

Don't see it if You are expecting all out tap dance extravaganza

Entertaining, Slow

See it if you know the work of the Hines family

Don't see it if you are expecting a lot of tap dancing

Entertaining, Dated, Funny

See it if Hines & Hines may mean lil to many, but since the death of his brother a dozen yrs ago singer-tapper Maurice Hines has kept the dance alive

Don't see it if If names like Sinatra, Garland, Tallulah! mean lil to U then U may b 2 young to enjoy this trip down memory lane. Segregated Vegas stories?

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You tap dancing and stories about the old days.

Don't see it if You don't like memory pieces.

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like tap dancing and great storytelling!

Don't see it if you're looking for something modern - this is an old time sort of show.

Surprisingly emotional, Entertaining, Well choreographed, Nostalgic

See it if you like classic showtunes and standards sung in a cabaret-style. You love fast, energetic tap dancing.

Don't see it if you have no nostalgia or affection for this music or era. You are expecting a play/story. This is a more of a cabaret show with asides.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You enjoy amazing tap dancing, great stories about amazing stars, amazing musicians, and Maurice Hines (the king of charisma).

Don't see it if You want just tap dancing (wanted more), wish Mr. Hines had a better singing voice, don't appreciate nostalgia, or dislike musical standards

Masterful, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of hoofers and the history of tap.

Don't see it if you dislike entertainment!

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Original, Refreshing

See it if You like tap dancing and the life story off the Hines brothers as told by Maurice Hines. I was thoroughly entertained and charmed by him.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows

Excruciating, Torturous, Disappointing

See it if ...... um .... don't see it

Don't see it if you're expecting something special

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy showmanship and storytelling. Maurice Hines tells his and brother Gregory's life in show business. Entertaining, funny & poignant.

Don't see it if you want 100% dance. A lot of storytelling and singing involved, but exceptionally entertaining.

Dated, Cliched, Fluffy, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You want to take a stroll down memory lane. Maurice Hines is a great dancer but it was more for my parents than for me.

Don't see it if If you are there to see tap dancing, he talks and sings more than he taps. Still he is fantastic.

Great staging, Original, Refreshing, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you enjoyed tap dancing. Learned how the Hines brothers started in show biz was interesting and funny. small peek into the lives of the Hin

Don't see it if you dont enjoy tap dancing and reminiscing.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you enjoy tap dance and are a fan of either of the Hines brothers.

Don't see it if you enjoy a plot since the show is stories from Maurice Hines life.

Entertaining, Funny, Original, Slow, Refreshing

See it if you want to see masters at their craft. The other tappers he brings with him are really worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if you need non-stop action. It opens and is fairly slow. The last bit of it is action packed, but it's a slow start.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You like tap dancing and seeing history on stage. Worst let was that the show was so short. Loved hearing his life story.

Don't see it if You don't like song and dance shows.

Dated, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you love tap dance, old-school music, and great storytelling by Maurice Hines.

Don't see it if if the "old school" nature of shows and performing is not your thing. Or if you hate tap dance.

January 14th, 2016
"A singing, dancing showman extraordinaire, Mr. Hines is in very fine form, but he is, after all, 72. 'Tappin’ Thru Life' is cleverly constructed, almost variety-show-style, to let its star catch his breath once in a while...What makes 'Tappin’ Thru Life' more than a vanity piece is its willingne...
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January 11th, 2016
"If this sounds like 90 minutes of sweet, unfocused nostalgia, it is (not that there's anything wrong with that)...While director Jeff Calhoun attempts to shape the material into a full-fledged show, there's no discernable structure, and Hines rarely drops his ain't-life-grand persona...Hines pre...
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January 11th, 2016
"The show has its problems. Despite its title, it features more music than dance...Although he has a swinging vocal delivery and easy way with a tune, singing is not really the performer's strong suit...And despite the plethora of anecdotes about the many stars with whom Hines has worked, the eve...
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January 14th, 2016
"Under the fleet direction of Jeff Calhoun, and to the accompaniment of the Diva Jazz Orchestra, 'Tappin Thru Life' is another tonic for the winter blues. Hines proves himself a thoughtful singer with a light baritone, and his tapping is undiminished by age…What makes ‘Tappin Thru Life’ positivel...
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