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Maurice Hines, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Entertainer
Stage Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Gotcha!

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1943
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Entertainer
Stage Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Gotcha!

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1943
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Choreographer, dancer, actor and director Maurice Robert Hines, Jr. was born on December 13, 1943 in New York City. His parents were Alma Hines and Maurice Hines, Sr. He is the brother of the late jazz tap dancer and actor, Gregory Hines. A graduate of Jose Quintanos School for Young Professionals, Hines began studying tap dancing in New York City at age five at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in 1948. LeTang realized his pupil’s gift for dance and began choreographing numbers tailored for Hines and his younger brother Gregory.

In 1954, when Hines was 10 years old, he and Gregory appeared in the Broadway musical comedy The Girl in Pink Tights. Following in the footsteps of the famed Nicholas brothers, they soon began appearing on stage throughout the country. They toured as the opening act for such headliners as Lionel Hampton and Gypsy Rose Lee. Their father joined the act as a drummer, and the threesome became known as Hines, Hines & Dad, performing to rave reviews in New York, Las Vegas and Europe. They made television appearances on The Pearl Bailey Show, Hollywood Palace and appeared 35 times on The Tonight Show.

In 1973, Hines began his solo career singing and dancing as Nathan Detroit in the hit musical National Touring Company of Guys and Dolls with Debbie Allen and Richard Roundtree. After his performance, Hines created a sensation in the hit Broadway musical Eubie, which opened at the Ambassador Theatre in New York on September 20, 1978 and closed October 7, 1979. The show also starred his brother Gregory and was choreographed by Henry LeTang. In 1981, Hines returned to Broadway with his performance in Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera. That same year, he also appeared in Sophisticated Ladies.

Turning his talents to the big screen, Hines made his film debut in 1984, in Francis Ford Coppola’s Cotton Club and during that same time with Mercedes Ellington formed Ballet Tap USA, a dance company. In 1986, he conceived, directed, choreographed, and starred in the musical Uptown…It’s Hot!. The show played for seventeen sold-out weeks in Atlantic City before moving to Broadway where Hines received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical. He went on to direct several theater productions including the National Tour of the musical Harlem Suite with leading ladies Jennifer Holiday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore and internationally the musical Havana Night in Cuba.

In 2006, Hines collaborated on a new Broadway dance musical, Hot Feet, with Maurice White, the creator of the renown R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire and also released a jazz album, To Nat King Cole with Love.

Hines resides in New York City.

Hines was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 9, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Maurice Hines, Jr. interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls walking with his brother on Harlem's Lenox Avenue
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his and his brother's first dance lessons
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls the start of his father's drumming career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his early performances at New York City's Apollo Theater
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his childhood in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his maternal uncle paying for his dance lessons
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls seeing the Nicholas brothers for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's performances with Shirley Temple
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers African American tap dancers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers Harlem's dance culture in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers his early dance training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his first Broadway role
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his mother acting as his business manager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his experiences of discrimination in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maurice Hines, Jr. how African American artists were received in Europe
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls the formation of Hines, Hines and Dad
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers Johnny Carson's support
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes the changes in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers working with Ella Fitzgerald
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls opening for Ella Fitzgerald in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers meeting Tallulah Bankhead in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls portraying Nathan Detroit in 'Guys and Dolls'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his and his brother's career changes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls the end of his act with his brother, Gregory Hines
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers performing in 'Sophisticated Ladies'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about the importance of respect
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his early choreography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls performing with his brother in 'Eubie!'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers acting with his brother in 'The Cotton Club'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers collaborating with Maurice White on 'Hot Feet'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes the reviews of his musical, 'Hot Feet'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. shares his perspective on Broadway critics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes the challenges of choreography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about the success of 'Hot Feet'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his and his brother's styles of tap dance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls choreographing the music video for Quincy Jones' 'I'll Be Good to You'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating Maurice Hines, Jr.'s interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about choreographer Michael Peters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls working with his brother on 'The Cotton Club'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his nightclub circuit in the Catskill Mountains
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls his return to the entertainment business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers New York City's cabaret nightclubs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls replacing his brother in 'Sophisticated Ladies'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his style of tap choreography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about his show, 'Uptown... It's Hot'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about racial discrimination on Broadway
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers marketing his musical, 'Hot Feet'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls the impact of his Tony Award nomination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about African American performers in Broadway shows
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers working with the stars of 'Dreamgirls'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his choreographic work in Cuba and the Dominican Republic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers choreographing for the Rockettes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. recalls musicals featuring Savion Glover and Gregory Hines
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. reflects upon the changes in dance training
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Maurice Hines, Jr. reflects upon his experiences as an actor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers his transition to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about African American dance company directors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his project, 'Yo Alice'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about his style of choreography
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remembers 'Jelly's Last Jam' and 'Pippin'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about his mentor, Joe Layton, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about his mentor, Joe Layton, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes the history of African American dancers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about his collaboration with Maurice White
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. remember his brother, Gregory Hines' death
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. reflects upon the changes in show business
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about his daughter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Maurice Hines, Jr. talks about the development of his spirituality
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Maurice Hines, Jr. reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his early challenges as an entertainer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Maurice Hines, Jr. reflects upon his mother's support for his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes his recent projects
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes the importance of stage presence
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Maurice Hines, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Maurice Hines, Jr. narrates his photographs