I was a wee adolescent when Tommy Tune first floated across my theatrical radar. Through a fluke of Ticketmaster and the beneficence of the gods, I’d landed fifth-row center seats for the touring production of the musical My One and Only, starring Tune and Stephanie Zimbalist. And when Tune — Broadway’s consummate song’n’dance man — first made his entrance, my only thought was:
“My god, this man is ten feet tall.”
Turns out, he’s “only” six foot six, but somehow that’s a metaphor for everything concerning Tune: he’s larger-than-life, and even more importantly, he creates theater that’s larger-than-life. As one of the premiere director-choreographers of the past few decades (!), Tune has snagged awards and acclaim for such musicals as Grand Hotel, Nine, My One and Only, and The Will Rogers Follies. And I would have given anything — seriously, anything — to see his off-Broadway production of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9.
So San Antonio is lucky to have Tune tap-dancing his way through San Antonio in Steps in Time: A Broadway Biography in Song and Dance, featuring as well the Manhattan Rhythm Kings. The touring show is billed as providing a retrospective of the performer’s career and promises a smattering of Tune’s greatest tunes, so to speak. A separate pre-concert dinner/post-concert dessert with Tune also benefits the Las Casas Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships for college-bound performing arts students — just as Tune once was. (In fact, he’s a proud graduate of UT-Austin.) The curtain rises at 8 p.m., November 18, at the Majestic. Step to it.