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Maurice Hines isTappin’ Thru Life

NOV 15 – DEC 29, 2013

Created by and Starring Maurice Hines

A co-production with Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff and Cleveland Play House
Directed by Jeff Calhoun

in the Kreeger Theater

Who’s Who


Maurice HinesMAURICE HINES (Creator, Choreographer, Performer) last appeared at Arena Stage in Sophisticated Ladies and Guys and Dolls. Broadway credits include Eubie, Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O’Connor, Sophisticated Ladies, conceived/directed/choreographed/starred in Uptown…It’s Hot (1986 Tony Award Best Actor nomination) and collaborated with Maurice White to choreograph/direct the hip-hop musical Hot Feet featuring the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Along with his brother and father, he performed in Hines, Hines, & Dad in New York, Las Vegas, and Europe and also performed in Uptown…It’s Hot! (Atlantic City); choreographed Hairspray (Santo Domingo); and choreographed/starred in Dance, Dance, Dance Snap and Cool Papa’s Party (Metro Stage, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography). He starred in the national tour of Guys and Dolls, directed/choreographed/starred in the national tour of Harlem Suite with successive leading ladies Jennifer Holiday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore and starred in the national tour of Jelly’s Last Jam. Film credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club. At the age of five, Maurice studied tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. He created the dance company Ballet USA with Mercedes Ellington. Maurice has directed and choreographed many music videos, including I’ll Be Good to You, the first release off of Quincy Jones' Back on the Block album. Maurice became the first African-American director for Radio City Music Hall when he directed The Radio City Spectacular. Maurice’s latest album on Arbor Records To Nat ‘King’ Cole, With Love was released to critical acclaim. Back

John ManzariJOHN MANZARI (Dancer) previously appeared in Arena Stage’s production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines at the Lincoln Theater. He was also been seen in the 50th Anniversary of the 35th President of the United States at the Kennedy Center, Ellington Songbook and Sacred Concert at the Strathmore Theater and Great American Songbook at The Palladium in Indiana. John received a Helen Hayes nomination – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Resident Musical 2010 for Sophisticated Ladies. His TV credits include Mo'Nique Show, special guest on So You Think You Can Dance, Jerry Lewis Telethon and PBS NewsHour. He is a graduate of the Field School, Class of 2010. Back

Leo ManzariLEO MANZARI (Dancer) previously appeared in Arena Stage’s production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines at the Lincoln Theater. He was also been seen in the 50th Anniversary of the 35th President of the United States at the Kennedy Center, Ellington Songbook and Sacred Concert at the Strathmore Theater and Great American Songbook at The Palladium in Indiana. Leo received a Helen Hayes nomination – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Resident Musical 2010 for Sophisticated Ladies. His TV credits include Mo'Nique Show, special guest on So You Think You Can Dance, Jerry Lewis Telethon and PBS NewsHour. He graduated from the Field School, Class of 2013 and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Back

Heimowitz brothersHEIMOWITZ BROTHERS (Dancers) began dancing at the age of four (Sam) and five-and-a-half years old (Max) and are students at Knock on Wood Tap Studio and members of Capitol Tap. Specific performances include Chloe Arnold’s Tap City Student Showcase in New York City, Jersey Tap Fest in Bloomfield, N.J., Beantown Tap Fest in Cambridge, Mass. and numerous performances with Capitol Tap in the D.C. area. Sam was a featured performer in Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet at the Atlas Theater. Max and Sam have been greatly influenced by Lisa Swenton-Eppard, founder/artistic director of Capitol Tap; Baakari Wilder, assistant artistic director of Capitol Tap; Yvonne Edwards, co-founder of Knock on Wood Tap Studio; Hillary-Marie, founder/director of Jersey Tap Fest; and Chloe and Maud Arnold, founders of DC Tap Festival. They take piano lessons and have competed in gymnastics in addition to being seventh grade honor students at Alice Deal Middle School. Back


JEFF CALHOUN (Director) is thrilled to be making his Arena Stage debut with Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life. No stranger to Washington, Jeff is an associate artist at the Ford's Theatre where his production of Violet opens in January 2014. Jeff is currently represented on Broadway by Disney's Newsies, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Director. Some of Jeff's other Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River, Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, Tommy Tune Tonite and The Will Rogers Follies. On tour and internationally, Jeff directed Dolly Parton's 9 To 5 and Disney's High School Musicals 1 & 2. Working with Maurice is extra special because Jeff began his career as a tap dancer, working with the likes of Tommy Tune, Ann Miller, Ken Berry, Arthur Duncan and the Nicholas brothers. The highlight of Jeff’s performing career was tap dancing with the legendary Charles “Honi” Coles on Broadway in My One and Only. Jeff loves to hear your thoughts on Twitter at @thejeffcalhoun. Back

DR. SHERRIE MARICLE (Music Director/Drummer) is the leader of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio. She is also the drummer for The New York Pops and enjoys a varied career as a performer, composer and teacher. Her bands have performed at many of the world’s most acclaimed music venues. They have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center TV Special and NPR's Piano Jazz. DIVA is also featured in the new award-winning film The Girls in the Band. Sherrie has received several awards and honors, most notably the Kennedy Center’s 2009 Mary Lou Williams Lifetime Achievement Award. Her bands have recorded over 20 CDs. Their latest will be released in early 2014 and features vocal giants Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw. Sherrie loves the Ronald McDonald House – New York and has created and runs their Musical Magic hospital outreach program. Visit Sherrie at or on facebook. Back

TOBIN OST (Set Design) Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life will be Tobin's first production with Arena Stage. Other local design credits include The Civil War (set design) and Shenandoah (set and costume design) for Ford’s Theatre as well as the upcoming production Violet, which will open in early spring, 2014. Other recent credits include the national tour and Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde (set and costume design), the Broadway production of Disney's Newsies (Tony Nomination – set design) and Bonnie & Clyde (set and costume design). Regionally, Tobin has worked with the Mark Taper Forum, LaJolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, Asolo Repertory Theater, Papermill Playhouse and Hartford Stage. His current projects include Barry Manilow's Harmony (sets and costumes), which will open this spring at the Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles, as well as the national tour of Disney's Newsies, opening in the fall of 2014. Tobin is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Back

T. TYLER STUMPF (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be working with Maurice Hines again after Sophisticated Ladies. His previous design work includes Frankie and Johnny (2007) and At Home at the Zoo (2011) at Arena Stage, Corpus Christi at Source Theater (2002 GLAAD Media Award), The Diaries at Signature Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost at Washington Shakespeare Company, Little Shop of Horrors at Fredricksburg Theatre Company, Twelfth Night at Catholic University and Far Away at Georgetown University. He received his BFA from the University of South Dakota where he was an ACTF Region 5 Costume Design Award winner for Waiting for Godot, and his MFA in Costume Design from University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music, where he received the USITT Peggy Ezekiel Award of Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for The Rivals. Back

MICHAEL GILLIAM (Lighting Designer) returns to Arena Stage where he previously designed Good People and Ruined. Broadway credits include Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn, Big River and Stand-Up Tragedy. West End credits include George Gershwin Alone. His off-Broadway credits include The Best Is Yet To Come, Striking 12, Blue, End of the World Party, Zooman and the Sign and Menopause the Musical. National tours include Peter Pan, Brooklyn, Guys and Dolls and Big River. Michael’s work has been seen in regional theaters such as Alley Theatre, The Globe Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Prince Music Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company and Arizona Theatre Company. Awards given to Michael include Los Angeles Ovation Awards, Dramalogue Awards, Garland Awards, San Diego Critics’ Circle Awards and the 1999 Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Back

CARL CASELLA (Sound Designer) is pleased to return to Arena Stage after working on last season’s One Night with Janis Joplin and My Fair Lady. In a career that spans more than 30 years, Carl has worked as an audio designer, engineer and producer in some of New York’s busiest recording studios and live venues. His true passion, however, is designing original musicals. He is a member of Sound Associates, Inc. Carl’s Broadway and off-Broadway credits include One Night With Janis Joplin; Triassic Parq; Relatively Speaking; Baby It’s You!; The City Club; Silence! The Musical; The Story of My Life; Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical; American Buffalo; A Tale of Two Cities; Xanadu; A Moon for the Misbegotten; My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! ; Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash; Sly Fox; Little Shop of Horrors; A Raisin in the Sun; Sexaholix … A Love Story; and Adult Entertainment: A Play. Back

DARREL MALONEY (Projection Designer) was last at Arena Stage designing projections for One Night with Janis Joplin. Darrel has designed for broadcast, commercials, concerts, film and theatre. His projection and video designs for Broadway include Green Day’s American Idiot at the St. James Theatre and Everyday Raptur, at Roundabout. Other projection designs include Checkers (Drama Desk Nomination), Vineyard Theatre; Golden Child, Signature Theatre; Allegiance, Old Globe; Hughie, Shakespeare Theatre; Surf: The Musical, PlanetHollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas; Karen O’s Stop the Virgens, Sydney Opera House; Masks Outrageous and Austere, Culture Project; Tokio Confidential, Atlantic Stage 2; The Submission, MCC; SCKBSTD, Virginia Stage; The Elephant Man, Minnesota Opera; as well as lighting and projections for Peer Gynt at La Jolla Playhouse and Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

PATTI D’BECK (Assistant Director) is a long-time Broadway veteran, with credits as associate choreographer, supervisor, dance captain and actor. Broadway credits include original productions of Applause with Lauren Bacall, A Chorus Line, Seesaw, Pippin with Ben Vereen, Evita, My One and Only with Tommy Tune and Twiggy and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In addition, she has assisted Jeff Calhoun on numerous Broadway productions including The Will Rogers’ Follies, Grease!, Annie Get Your Gun and Bells Are Ringing. She is thrilled for this opportunity to be working with him again at Arena Stage! On TV you saw her choreography for Rosie O’Donnell on the 1997 Tony Awards. Patti has taught at New York and Pace Universities and holds a BA in Mathematics and Performing Arts from NYU and a Masters from NYU. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches Movement and Musical Theatre Performance. Back

KURT HALL (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be with Maurice Hines again! They last worked together in Arena's production of Sophisticated Ladies. His favorite Arena credits include Good People, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins starring Kathleen Turner, The Normal Heart, Red, Ruined, every tongue confess starring Phylicia Rashad, Looped starring Valerie Harper, Next to Normal starring Alice Ripley, Awake and Sing! and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?. Other regional credits at the Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Signature Theatre. Thanks to his family for all their support. Back

MARNE ANDERSON (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be working on Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, previously working with Maurice and the Manzari Brothers on Sophisticated Ladies. Other Arena Stage credits include The Mountaintop, Metamorphoses, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Oklahoma!, A Time to Kill, The Arabian Nights, The Fantasticks and The Quality of Life. Other regional credits include Cricket in Times Square; The Wings of Ikarus Jackson (Kennedy Center, TYA); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company); SPIN (Signature Theatre); You For Me For You; Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). National tours include Young Frankenstein. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She is thankful to her family for all their love and support. Back