Stealing the Show: Q&A with Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune, TheatreZone, NaplesFrom 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 is currently traveling the country and making his way to Naples with his new one-man show, Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, for TheatreZone‘s third annual gala on January 24 at Quail West Golf & Country Club, Naples.

  • Ticksts cost $275 per person ($500 per couple), and $150 for VIP Room access with performer Tommy Tune. For more information, call 239-200-6918.

NI: 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.

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