Standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Tommy Tune is a true giant of the Broadway stage. In a lengthy career that spans nearly 50 years, he’s won nine Tony Awards for acting, directing and choreography.
Tune spent his early years in Texas, where he studied at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. At 25, he made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of “Baker Street,” a musical directed by Harold Prince.
In 1974, he won his first Tony as featured actor in a musical in “Seesaw,” for which he also served as an assistant choreographer. Four years later, he earned his first Broadway director’s credit for costaging the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
Tune won a Tony for directing the 1982 musical “Nine” on Broadway. The show, which is based on the film “8 1/2” and features songs by Maury Yeston, also won Tonys for best musical and original score. The next season, Tune scored two more trophies for acting in and choreographing “My One and Only,” a musical featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin.
His next big success was in 1990 with “Grand Hotel,” a musical based on the 1932 classic film. Tune won two Tonys for directing and choreographing the production. He repeated his two-fisted win with “The Will Rogers Follies” the next season.
More recently, Tune directed the new musical “Turn of the Century” in 2008 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. He has also toured with his autobiographical show, “Steps in Time, A Broadway Biography in Song and Dance.”
Tune, who lives in New York, has increasingly devoted himself to painting and has exhibited his works at galleries and online.