by Anne E. Johnson
Busker Alley could not be more pleased to see Tommy Tune receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement at the June 7, 2015 ceremony.
In honor of this great occasion, we have compiled some rare T.T. career tidbits to delight and tickle the curiosity of any Tommy Tune fan. (And, no, you won’t find these factoids in the pages of his memoir.)
1. Tune filmed a version of Pinocchio for CBS television’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” in 1968. It was choreographed by Michael Bennett (!!) and costarred pop singer Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits) as the title character. Some proof can be seen here. Tune presumably played Jiminy Cricket. Watch this recent video interview to see how much he loves that character:
2. When Larry Kramer and Joseph Papp were trying to mount the first production of The Normal Heart at the Public Theater, Papp’s first choice for director was Tommy Tune. Mike Nichols suggested him as well. Read about it here.
3. In 1977, Tune performed a specially-commissioned one-man show called Ichabod, inspired by Washington Irving’s story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The songs were by Thomas Tierney and Gene Traylor. Tune performed the show once in New York (at the Town Hall), and four times at the American Rep in Boston. There are some more details in Dan Dietz’s book, Off-Broadway Musicals.