Thursday, June 5, 2014

TAPPIN' thru LIFE B@ Cleveland Play House

May 30-June 29, 2014
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Bob Abelman

Before Vegas and before the rebirth of Atlantic City, the grand hotels in the Borsch Belt of the Catskill Mountains were “the place” for big-name entertainment.  But by the late 1970s and 1980s, these resorts could no longer attract young guests or afford contemporary artists, relying instead on the nostalgic attraction of performers who no longer had the skills or stamina to do what they were famous for.  Earnest and eager to please, they rely on their celebrity, showmanship and storytelling to tap the shared memories of the late-in-life audience in attendance.

Sadly, such is “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life.” 

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.

Roy Berko

“Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life,” is a personable concert, which is more a Vegas act, than a play.  Audiences anticipating 90-minutes of non-stop dancing may be frustrate.  Some might question why CPH is doing a “touring” show rather than producing its own product and why they stage these one-person bio-musicals.  Whatever.  The majority of the audience will come and enjoy themselves. 

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

I am going to make a prediction that this show will be a sell-out for each and every performance so you had best get your tickets right now.  Vegas meets Vaudeville with great stories, songs, dancing and music.  This is the hot ticket of the year!

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey

If you’re lonely for the kind of polished and unabashedly sentimental lounge acts that Vegas is famous for, then you need to take a relaxing dip in Maurice Hones is "Tappin’ Through Life," now at the Cleveland Play House.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan

Andrea Simakis

The melodic, poignant production at the Cleveland Play House is a loose homage to colossal talents who gave the Hines Kids – the name he and Gregory used when they hit New York's storied Apollo Theater at ages 7 and 5, respectively – a leg up in the dog-eat-dog business: Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland and more.

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit here.

Art Thomas

If you didn't realize that Maurice Hines has been a major theatrical entertainer for the last seventy years, you will after seeing "Tappin'Thru Life".  He sings eighteen songs, tells as many stories and finally tap dances with the Manzari Brothers in an extended exuberant finale. This is a must-see in an intimate theater setting.

Click here to read the complete review at WestLife