The Apollo Theater plans a star-studded event to celebrate the life and career of Tony winner Gregory Hines (“Jelly’s Last Jam”), who died Aug. 9 at 57.
The famed Harlem venue has skedded the memorial for Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.
Performing as the Hines Brothers, Gregory and Maurice clocked in no fewer than 25 engagements at the Apollo, beginning in 1954.
Earlier that year, the juvenile tap-dancing duo made their Broadway debut in Sigmund Romberg’s “The Girl in Pink Tights,” which was choreographed by Agnes de Mille. Gregory and Maurice performed as, respectively, a shoe-shine boy and a newspaper boy.
“That’s what you played in those days,” said Maurice Hines, who will direct the Apollo event honoring his brother.
Despite an entertainment career that spanned legit, TV and film, Gregory Hines always said, “I’m a tap dancer. That’s what I do.”
At the Sept. 21 event, Hines’s dance mentor Henry LeTang will perform. Also expected to appear, among others, are the deceased’s father, Maurice Hines Sr., as well as Ben Vereen, Andre De Shields, Mercedes Ellington, Chita Rivera, Savion Glover, Fayard Nicholas, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Geoffrey Holder, Laurence Fishburne and Roscoe Lee Browne. Phylicia Rashad will co-host with the younger Maurice Hines.
At the time of his death, Gregory Hines was at work on a TV bio of Emmett Till. He was set to helm the Showtime project.
Tickets to the event will be made available through the Apollo Theater. All proceeds will go to Harlem-based charities.