Capezio Honors Tommy Tune At 125 Year BC/EFA Benefit


Capezio celebrates 125 years of excellence with this one-night only special show on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Ave) NYC.

Capezio describes the show as: "A glorious show highlighting some of the magical history of Capezio with numerous dance legends and stars of stage and screen saluting this milestone. The show is conceived and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit: BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION and also the NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE."

Capezio 125th Anniversary Award bennefiting Dizzy Feet Foundation will be accepted by Nigel Lythgoe. The 61st annual Capexio dance Award will be given to Tommy Tune.

Nigel Lythgoe bio: Nigel Lythgoe developed an interest in dance at an early age. His first professional job was with the Corps de Ballet, and he later went on to choreograph the BBC’s Young Generation dance troupe. He became the only person to dance in, choreograph, direct, and produce the Royal Variety Performance. A driving force in the world of performing arts he is the executive producer of TV’s “American Idol” (nominated for 40 Emmy Awards), and “Idol Gives Back” (raising more than $140 million for charity). He received the Governors Award, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ highest honor. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning series “So You Think You Can Dance”, and executive produced NBC’s “Superstars of Dance”. He took “So You Think You Can Dance” to the U.K., and launched “CMT’s Next Superstar”. He is involved with numerous charities and sits on the honorary board of Center Dance Arts at the Music Center. Lythgoe joined forces with director Adam Shankman, “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes to found the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to talented young dancers, works to elevate and standardize dance instruction in the U.S., and exposes youth in underprivileged communities to the joys of dance education.

Tommy Tune bio: Known as one of the most prolific director/choreographers of the twentieth century, Tommy Tune has enchanted audiences over the past 50 years with his charisma, vision, and innovation. Tune has been honored with nine Tony Awards celebrating him as a performer, choreographer and director. In addition, Tune has been awarded eight Drama Desk Awards, three Astaire Awards and the Society of Directors and Choreographers’ George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement. Film credits include Hello Dolly, The Boy Friend, and Mimi Bluette…fiore del mio giardino. Mr. Tune celebrates his 50th years in show business with his latest work, Steps In Time, A Broadway Biography in Song and Dance. In 2009, Mr. Tune was designated as a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Tune is the recipient of the National Medal Of Arts, the highest honor for artistic achievement given by the President of the United States, and he has been honored with his own star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame.