Atlanta, GA theatergoers love DIVA and Tappin’ Thru Life

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eventdiva says: “The show was fabulous! Educational too! Gave a great insight on the historical movements that have taken place since Maurice’s birth in l943, and how great legends influenced the brother’s success. Very engaging, outstanding talent, and the all DIVAS all female band was “off the chain!” Nothing against the guys, but the drummer was phenomenal! I could see it again–if I had the money to buy another ticket!”

nestles says: “I absolutely LOVED the show – every aspect! From the staging, to the lighting, the orchestra (OMG the Divas!), the content (there really was a story there that was intimate without being uncomfortable), the subtle shout outs to all the greats – Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, the inimitable Pearl Bailey, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Sinatra, the list went on and on but it wasn’t like name dropping – it was more like an introduction and introspection. WOW is all I can say…and I’m coming back to see it again with a bunch of my friends!”

DenyseP says: “Saw it last night and ADORED the show!!! Maurice Hines . . . The Manzari Bros . . . Leilani Negron . . . and, oh boy, the Diva Orchestra!!!!! Yowza!!!!! I enjoyed it so much, I’m going to see it again!”

Doreen says: “The best show ever!”

Salena says: “The show was awesome. Thank u Maurice and cast. Truly a wonderful experience that u shared your life with us”

hodgepodge says: “excellent evening of story, music and dance. Thoroughly enjoyed it.”

AllianceTheatre wants you to know: “For this show, based on the content of some of Mr. Hines’s anecdotes, the length of the show, and the type of show, we’ve recommended it for ages 11 and up even though [cast member Leiloni Negron] is 10. However, that is ONLY a recommendation and NOT a restriction.”

NEA features Sherrie on its arts podcast

Drummer and Band Leader Sherrie Maricle has played with jazz legends, leads an all-woman big band, and forges new roads for women in jazz.

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Tappin’ Thru Life in Atlanta, GA

DIVA and Maurice Hines are excited to be opening at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff for 6 weeks of “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life.” The super-swingin’ Atlanta band is (L-R) Marla Feeney, Jackie Pritchett, Penelope Williams, Sherrie Maricle, Yvonne Toll, Hollie Lawing, Connie Frigo, Amy Griffiths (back row), and Jami Dauber (front row).
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Tappin’ receives Helen Hayes Awards nominations

We’re proud to announce that Maurice Hines and Sherrie Maricle have received nominations for this year’s Helen Hayes Awards, in the categories of Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Music Direction, respectively. The show is traveling to Atlanta, Beverly Hills, and Cleveland in coming months. Check our Shows page for dates and more info.

Macy’s 4th of July

DIVA just spent two days at historic Kaufman Astoria Studios recording music for the 2014 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Tune in to NBC at 8:00 pm ET to watch the show and hear us!

DIVA and Macy's creative director Bill Schermerhon

DIVA and Macy’s creative director Bill Schermerhorn

Sherrie Maricle, the ‘team player’ of ‘Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life’ at Arena Stage

Celia Wren talks with Sherrie about Maurice Hines, Tappin’ Thru Life, DIVA, and more. Read the whole article at

TheaterMania: Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life

Keith Loria says:

“Hines is backed up in his performance by a nine-piece, all-women big band, and he and director Jeff Calhoun make sure to give a moment to each of those who Hines calls ‘his divas.’ Especially memorable are a drum solo by Sherrie Maricle and some standout brass by Jennifer Krupa on trombone.”

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Washington CityPaper: Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life

Trey Graham says:

“Chief among [the show's] assets, aside from the gregarious personality at its core: the rambunctious Diva Jazz Orchestra, an all-woman ensemble that makes a righteous noise behind, under, and around Hines’ coolly sassy vocals—and, often enough, on its own.”

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ShowBizRadio: Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life

Joe Adcock says:

“The music is immeasurably enhanced by the nine-member all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra. This brassy virtuoso ensemble is great. The leader is a drummer, Dr. Sherrie Maricle. Her solo riff as an astounding display of blurring sticks and flying hands.”

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Washington Life: Tappin’ the Classics

Chuck Conconi says:

“Hines is a crowd-pleaser, and he is backed up by the outstanding nine-member, all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra and they make the evening work. From the opening of “Tappin’ Thru Life,” it’s clear that the DIVAs, on an elevated platform behind Hines, are master musicians who truly seem to be having fun and capture the audience’s full attention. Stage bands are often a necessary support for the star, but Hines is clearly aware the DIVAs are exceptionally talented crowd-pleasers and he plays back and forth with them. He makes certain they get the recognition they deserve.

It is worth pointing out that the Divas are led by Dr. Sherrie Maricle, who Hines compares to the legendary Buddy Rich. She is impressive. The other band members who are so outstanding are Amy Shook, acoustic bass; Janelle Gill, piano; Jennifer Krupa, trombone; Jami Dauber, trumpet; Liesl Whitaker, lead trumpet; Sharel Cassity, lead alto saxophone; Camille Thurman, tenor saxophone; and Leigh Pilzer, baritone saxophone.”

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