US POST OFFICE: Tapping into the Brilliance of Gregory Hines to be held January 28

By Press release submission | | Dec 31, 2018

US Post Office issued the following announcement on Dec. 26.

U.S. Postal Service Honors Legendary Entertainer with Black Heritage Series Stamp

What: The 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gregory Hines, whose unique style of tap dancing  injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form. A versatile performer who danced, acted and sang on Broadway, television and in movies, Hines developed the entertainment traditions of tap into an art form for a younger generation and is credited with renewing interest in tap during the 1990s.

The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #GregoryHinesForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.

Who: Gary Barksdale, Acting Chief Postal Inspector and Dedicating Official

When: Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. EST

Where: Peter Norton Symphony Space

            2537 Broadway at 95th Street

            New York, NY 10025-6990

RSVP: Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/gregoryhinesblackheritage.

Background:

Gregory Hines (1946-2003) was nominated for Tony Awards in the 1970s for his performances in three Broadway musicals — “Eubie!,” “Comin’ Uptown,” and “Sophisticated Ladies” — and won a Tony Award in 1992 for his starring role in “Jelly’s Last Jam.” He danced alongside his brother, Maurice, in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1984 film “The Cotton Club” and alongside ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov in the 1985 movie “White Nights,” and he appeared in the 1989 movie “Tap,” which highlighted three generations of tap dancers. He also hosted an Emmy-winning Public Broadcasting Service show about tap dancing, recorded a No. 1 R&B duet with Luther Vandross, twice hosted the Tony Awards, and acted in television sitcoms.

Original source can be found here.

Source: US Post Office 

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