ArtsEmerson: Daniel Beaty & Maurice Hines
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The project that I've been working on since October ended last Friday, so there was really no reason to leave my cozy space. Time to job search again. By the way, if you have any freelance work, let me know....
Ahem. But I digress. So Tuesday night was so cold. And instead of a planned short walk from work, I had to drive in from Quincy. But I had planned to go see Daniel Beaty and Maurice Hines at a special free screening by ArtsEmerson at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. If I hadn't invited people and planned to meet them, I would have definitely stayed in and missed the show. That would have been the most HUGE mistake ever!
I love going to live performances and hadn't been to one in months. Well, this show was incredible and I'm so glad that I didn't wimp out and stay home. After the show, my friends and I talked about how it absolutely transported us to another time and place. We felt like it was a Saturday night and we were on the town for a fabulous night just living the life.
Daniel Beaty gave us a preview of his one man show Emergency. His performance was absolutely mind blowing and really makes you think. His characters ranged from a teenage girl to an 86 year old woman and so many more! The way he changed his voice, his posture, everything, just surprises you how he is so skilled in portraying so many people and making you believe. After he performed, he spoke about his life and what inspired his show. I hope to go when he returns for three shows in March. He is truly amazing and with the force of his voice makes you feel. Emergency is definitely a show worth seeing.
Watching Maurice Hines was an absolute joy and delight. He's charming like only men from a certain era can be charming and told us stories about all the people he met and worked with. Frank Sinatra's eyes really were that blue and he was a very nice guy too. Hines attributes he and his brother's making it big to Johnny Carson and says that there has never been an entertainer like Sammy Davis, Jr. And Lena Horne made him absolutely gaga.
Plus he tapped for us and introduced The Manzari Brothers. They can tap like crazy! It was nice to see Hines, like Carson used to do, reaching back and pulling up the next generation. We saw some film clips of him and his younger brother, Gregory Hines when they were young and I just sat back and enjoyed the stories. Old Hollywood and New York and Vegas. It's one thing to see movies and interviews on TV, but it's really incredible to hear someone speaking live about what they actually experienced.
Hines really seems to have a special place in his heart for Boston, which is always nice to hear. He'll be back in May for a week with John and Leo Manzari to do his show Tappin' Thru Life. Based on what I saw this week, I'm going to do my best to try and see this show too. It's sure to be quite an event!
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