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Uptown... It's Hot! was a 1986 Broadway play created, directed, choreographed by and starring Maurice Hines. Performed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the play was a musical anthology chronicling the history of African-American music in the United States.


Although the music garnered praise, the play received generally unfavorable reviews. [1] [2] [3] New York Times critic Frank Rich called it "the theatrical equivalent of a telephone-booth-stuffing contest" and "an orgy of grotesque and sometimes necrophiliac mimicry." [1] The play did, however, earn Hines a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. [4]

Uptown... It's Hot! ran from January 28 to February 16, 1986, ending its run after 24 performances. [5]

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  1. 1 2 Frank Rich (January 29, 1986). "'Uptown' a musical". The New York Times.
  2. Michael Kuchwara (January 31, 1986). "Dazzling Dancing Can't Keep 'Uptown' on its Toes". The Associated Press.
  3. Mel Gussow (February 2, 1986). "It Takes More Than a Few Songs to Make a Musical". The New York Times.
  4. Sylviane Gold (May 2006). "Maurice Hines melds hip hop, jazz, Latin and even a little tap in his Broadway directorial debut". Dance Magazine.
  5. "Uptown...It's Hot!". Internet Broadway Database.

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