Nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune will receive the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre during the 2015 Tony Awards on June 7 on CBS. It’s the latest lifetime honor for the iconic Broadway performer/choreographer/director, who is so big in NYC theater circles after more than 50 years in the business he was designated a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Tune most recently hoofed it in this year’s Encores! production of Lady, Be Good! at New York City Center and he is now touring in his one-man show Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales.
A native Texan, Tune’s landmark shows include Nine, A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine, Grand Hotel and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and The Will Rogers Follies. He began his career as a dancer in the 1965 musical Baker Street, and fellow late-’60s tuners A Joyful Noise and How Now Dow Jones. His Tonys were for Will Rogers Follies (Direction and Choreography), Grand Hotel (Direction and Choreography), My One and Only (Actor in a Musical and Choreography), Nine (Direction), Hollywood/Ukraine (Choreography) and Seesaw (Featured Actor in a Musical).
Nominations for the 2015 Tonys will be announced April 28.