In celebration of Black History Month, Starz will present the U.S. broadcast and streaming premiere of Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back. The award-winning documentary will begin streaming February 1 run on the network through 2023. A broadcast is set for February 8 at 8 PM ET.
Directed by John Carluccio, the film paints a portrait of the Tony-nominated song-and-dance man, following the entertainer from his tap-dancing childhood to today—including an exploration of what it means to be a Black, gay man in show business.
Hines and friends, including Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington and Debbie Allen, share tales from his lengthy career, including Broadway shows, a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, and his relationship with his brother, the late Gregory Hines.
“As an overarching theme, I hope viewers gain a better understanding of the nuances of familial love,” says Carluccio. “I recontextualize archival clips, featuring the celebrated Gregory, so they are now viewed through the lens of the lesser-known brother. Contrasting the creative paths of the brothers helps give meaning to Maurice’s point of view and reveals how it affects him today. This story of ‘the other brother’ is both personal and universal, and we invite viewers to step into the shoes of this lovable agitator and showbiz survivor.
Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back is produced by Carluccio and Tracy E. Hopkins and executive produced by Allen and Charles Randolph-Wright. The film has won Grand Jury awards at DOC NYC, the Dumbo Film Festival, and the American Black Film Festival.