From Broadway to film, Tommy Tune has tapped his way to the top on the American stage. Starring in Broadway shows Baker Street, My One and Only, and A Joyful Noise, along with films Hello Dolly and The Boy Friend, it’s safe to say Tune has given audiences quite a performance throughout his career. The recipient of multiple awards, including 10 Tony Awards, the National Medal of Arts, three Astaire Awards, and eight Drama Desk Awards, Tune has devoted his life to show biz. Directing, performing, and choreography have been part of his life from the beginning. “I hadn’t figured how to walk, but I was already into choreography,” says Tune. He was named “A Living Landmark” in 2009 by the New York Landmarks Conservancy for his work on and off the stage. The years haven’t slowed this triple threat in doing what he loves.
Tune will be making his way to Palm Beach Dramaworks on January 4 (2 and 7 p.m.) for the Dramalogue Talking Theatre series, which will include an in-depth interview and audience Q&A, followed by five nights at The Colony Palm Beach for its ever-popular Royal Room Cabaret series performing his new one-man show, Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales from January 5-9 (for tickets, call 561-659-8100).
PBI: What are you most proud of?
Tune: Surviving. This is my fifty-fifth year in show business and I’ve always been able to work and flourish, all from working in the theater. It’s not the arrival that counts; it’s the journey along the way that makes for a happy end.
What motivates you to tour at that this stage of your life?
I’m nomadic by birth. Both of the tribes that are in my blood follow the sun. I enjoy going to many different places.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to paint. I have an art studio in New York and when I’m not rehearsing or planning a show, or writing a show, I paint.
Who inspired you to pursue your passion?
My teachers. I had wonderful dancing teachers.
Do you prefer directing or performing?
It’s whatever I am doing at the moment.
What would your dream role be?
The next one.