6-foot-6 crooner Tommy Tune paints, too — however solely tall issues

Franco Lacosta

It can take greater than a photo voltaic eclipse to overshadow Tommy Tune, the 6-foot-6, 10-time Tony winner. Texas born and bred, his high-school commencement reward was a visit to New York:

“I stayed on the Algonquin Resort and obtained into the elevator, and there was Anna Might Wong and Milton Berle! Then I went to my tiny room and lifted the shade and noticed a brick wall. I believed that was so urbane!”

Lately, the 78-year-old lives in Midtown, near the East River. Catch him and Chita Rivera on Sept. 16 and 17 in “Chita & Tune” at Kean College’s Enlow Corridor (KeanStage.com/Enlow-Corridor) in Union, NJ.

The director/producer/choreographer/dancer tells BARBARA HOFFMAN about his favourite weekend haunts.

I’ve an artwork studio on the Excessive Line the place I spend loads of my free time portray water towers, palm bushes, giraffes … I’m all the time portray issues! For lunch, I trudge over in my overalls to the Resort Americano. They’ve a foyer bar there, with great music, they usually make nice, nice mezcal margaritas.

I attempt to see every little thing the Park Avenue Armory presents. Final fall, they’d skilled mourners are available in from everywhere in the world. Once they all chanted directly, the sound surrounded you. After which there was a man who received the [Turner] Prize in London who adorned the Armory in his inimitable approach. One room was all white balloons from flooring to ceiling, and also you simply obtained misplaced in it.

Tune with Chita RiveraMerle Frimark

I like procuring on the Dover Avenue Market. It’s a many-floored division retailer of extraordinary, out-there clothes. You’ll be able to go from flooring to flooring, go away what you’re shopping for on every flooring, go downstairs and have lunch, they usually deliver your packages all the way down to you!

I purchased a greatcoat there that goes all the best way to the bottom. It’s black and really dramatic. There’s slightly haberdashery in Hell’s Kitchen known as Superb and Dandy [where] I order all my shirts. They’ve an unimaginable assortment of cuff hyperlinks and classic ties. I purchased a doll there that appears like Twiggy and despatched it to her on her birthday. She wrote again, “Thanks a lot for the doll. I’d by no means seen it earlier than.” Whenever you’re well-known, folks do facsimiles of you and also you don’t realize it. I don’t assume there’s a Tommy Tune doll — it wouldn’t match within the closet.

I all the time go to the upstairs bar at Sardi’s earlier than I see a Broadway present, as a result of there’s such a buzz from this melting pot of followers from all throughout the nation. They usually’re very excited that I’m there, as a result of I’m, like, a Broadway man and we all the time have quite a bit to speak about. Then we disperse promptly at 10 to eight for no matter theaters we’re going to, and the curtain goes up on the most recent little bit of make-believe.

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