REVIEW: Tommy Tune Taps to a Deserved Ovation

by Joy Donovan on March 28, 2011

True talent. Tommy Tune has it.

Tap dancing his way through his life story, master entertainer Tommy Tune brings as much charm as his legs are long to the Music Hall at Fair Park. In his recent show, Tommy Tune: Steps in Time, the Texas native put on the kind of show that just made me smile from beginning to end.

Even though he shares the stage with the talented Manhattan Rhythm Kings, the spotlight was shining brightly on the red-shoed Tommy Tune during the entire no-intermission, 90-minute show. In this production presented by the Dallas Summer Musicals (www.dallassummermusicals.org), he starts with a demo of a time step–a basic for any tap dancer–and proceeds to weave together his autobiography through singing and dancing.

A delicious amount of name dropping was thrown in, he recounts his memories of Broadway, movies and even the Music Hall at Fair Park. It was a terrific show, made even more amazing by the fact Tommy Tune is a boyish 72 years old, a fact that just doesn’t compute when you see him in action.

I am often very annoyed at Dallas audiences that give just any old performance a standing ovation. For this show? I was the first one on my feet.

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