Tune, Tommy (1939–)
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Tommy Tune, born in Wichita Falls, Texas, is Broadway’s reigning tall tapper from Texas, and so much more. Tune won his first Tony award as featured actor in a musical for his portrayal of an openly gay character in Michael Bennett’s Seesaw in 1974. Since then, he has won eight more Tonys, receiving acclaim as a director, choreographer, actor, and dancer. He won Obies for his direction of Eve Merriam’s The Club in 1976 and for Cloud 9 in 1981. His first Broadway musical was The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, in 1977. Other award-winning theatrical achievements include Nine (1982), My One and Only (1983), Grand Hotel (1989), and The Will Rogers Follies (1991).