Tommy Tune is one of the country’s most prolific performer/director/choreographers and is celebrating his golden decade on the great American stage. He has received 9 Tony Awards, The National Medal of Arts, 8 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Astaire Awards, and multiple Life Time Achievement Awards including the Society of Directors and Choreographers’ George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement. This year not only did the Broadway icon receive his 10th Tony, with the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and now he is heading to Chicago for another honor from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), celebrating a quarter century of creating community through American tap and contemporary percussive arts through innovative performance, education and outreach programs, welcomes 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at its 25th Anniversary Jubalee Gala. This special evening, hosted by WGN’s Dean Richards, takes place July 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.
At the Jubalee, Tommy Tune will perform his one-man show Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, celebrating 50-plus years of big-time showmanship. Accompanied by Michael Biagi, his music director for nearly four decades, Tune shares personal renditions of standards by Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach, the Gershwins, Carole King, Green Day and more. When Tommy Tune, the young and ambitious long tall Texan arrived in New York and landed his first audition he questioned a Broadway veteran about the idea of changing his name. The response was, “You mean Tommy Tune is your real name? I think you’re good.”
CHRP will present Tommy Tune with their 25th Anniversary JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement and he joins previous award recipients, including – Gregory Hines, Bill Irwin, Savion Glover, Fayard Nicholas, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of Broadway’s legendary artists, Tommy Tune performing live in Chicago. Many thanks to Lane Alexander and the Board of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for their 25 years of dedication to their mission and offering up this thrilling experience at the 25th Anniversary Jubalee Gala on July 30th. To purchase tickets, write to email@example.com , or visit chicagotap.org. Not only will the evening contain a great performance but also includes a champagne reception, dinner, live and silent auctions.