Richard Skipper Celebrates Tommy Tune Tonight at Queensborough Community College
Tommy Tune: Broadway Icon: Director, Choreographer, Performer and NYC Living Legend. Over the past 50 years he has enchanted audiences and critics with his charisma, vision, and innovation. A native Texan, he began his Broadway career as a dancer in three musicals, Baker Street, A Joyful Noise, and How Now Down Jones. He would soon step out of the chorus and into a principal role in the Broadway musical Seesaw which garnered him his first Tony Award for Best Featured Actor.Less than a decade later, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in the Gershwin musical My One and Only co-starring Twiggy. However, Mr. Tune's talents are not limited to his onstage performances. Throughout his career he has won seven more Tony Awards for his directing and choreography of such shows as the Will Rogers Follies, Nine, Grand Hotel, A Day In Hollywood, and My One and Only. He has collected eight Drama Desk Awards one year winning both, The Best Director of a Musical (Nine) and Best Director of a Play (Cloud Nine). He is the recipient of the country's highest honor for Artistic Achievement, The National Medal of Arts, presented by the President of The United States in a private ceremony in the Oval Office. He has been honored with his own star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame and on November 4th, 2009 he was officially designated as a New York City Living Landmark. $20 tickets, Call 718-631-6311 or on-line: www.visitQPAC.org
Tune will be interviewed by Richard Skipper. Skipper is a popular entertainer, theater historian and pop culture blogger. He has conducted over 500 interviews for his daily blog celebrating people in the arts and is currently writing a book to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Hello, Dolly!, based also in part on his award-winning callondolly.com website chronicling the Broadway classic. He has covered several opening nights as the voice of Feinstein's at Loews Regency and has conducted on-stage interviews for Carol Channing, Ron Young and Peggy Pope at Barnes & Noble. (RichardSkipper.com and CallonDolly.com)
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