Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales by Tommy Tune Review – They’ve Got Rhythm, Who Could Ask For Anything More?

Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales

A full house greeted Ten-Time Tony Award Winner Tommy Tune as he performed his one man show, Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales. Tune was this year’s Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s (CHRP) JUBA! Award winner for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement, and boy, what a life he has had. With fifty-five years in show business, an exceptional ten Tony Awards, and numerous lifetime achievement awards, Tune doesn’t look like he will be slowing down anytime soon. At seventy-six years old and standing a towering 6’ 6” (or as he called it, 5’ 17 ¾”) Tune moves and sounds as good as ever. Watching him dance is like watching a fish in water;  smooth and effortless, which truly mesmerized the audience.

 

Tommy Tune celebrating his wonderful career with his new one-man show


Accompanied by a small jazz combo, Tune sang an assortment of songs, all which made you feel like you were witnessing a show from the golden era of Broadway. However, he also added some more contemporary pop songs, which he mashed-up within the classics. This led to a great and exciting musical experience. My personal favorites were “I Got Rhythm,” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” Throughout the singing and dancing, Tune told stories about his life ranging from his young days in Texas, to only a few months ago, and it was incredible to hear all the tremendous things he has done and accomplished. It was remarkable to hear all the great dance partners he has “had the pleasure to dance with.” These included Chita Rivera, Barbara Streisand, Phyllis Diller and the girl he calls his “One and Only” Twiggy, who he taught to tap dance and directed in Gerswin’s "My One and Only". It was this that led him to be more than just a triple threat; he became a quintet threat as a dancer, singer, actor, director and choreographer. Tommy Tune is a true showman and claims that the reason he continues to perform is simply because he loves entertaining, and says it is all about the love. 

Ten-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune has had a remarkable 55 year career

 

For 25 years, Chicago Human Rhythm Project has been building community through American tap and contemporary percussive art in performance, education and outreach. Through the annual awards gala, JUBALEE, all who attended helped to bring performance, education,  and community outreach programs to more than 20,000 people every year. As Tune accepted his award, he praised CHRP for all the great work they do and for keeping the art of tap alive. To learn more about CHRP, please visit their website and learn about all the fun and educational programs they are offering this year.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

 

2015 marks Chicago Human Rhythm Project 25th year

 Photos: Courtesy of Chicago Human Rhythm Project

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