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Born: February 28, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wichita Falls, Texas, USA Profession: Music ...
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Born and raised in Texas
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Began studying dance as a child
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Moved to NYC; on his first day in Manhattan, auditioned for and was cast in a touring company of "Irma La Douce". starring Genevieve
1965:
Broadway debut, in chorus of musical "Baker Street"
1966:
First collaboration with Michael Bennett, a chorus role in "A Joyful Noise"
1969:
Film debut as Ambrose Kemper in "Hello, Dolly!", directed by Gene Kelly
1969:
Regular on the NBC variety series, "Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers"
1969:
Choreographed US tour of musical "Canterbury Tales"
1971:
Had featured role in Ken Russell's film "The Boy Friend"; co-starred with Twiggy
1973:
Breakthrough stage role as the homosexual choreographer David in Michael Bennett's production of "Seesaw"; won first Tony Award
1976:
Off-Broadway directorial debut, "The Club"
1978:
Co-directed (with Peter Masterson) and co-choreographed (with Thommie Walsh) the stage musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
1980:
Directed and co-choreographed (with Walsh) "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine"; won second Tony Award
1982:
Staged the stage musical "Nine", based on Fellini's "8 1/2"; show received five Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Tune's third)
1983:
Played the leading role in the of musical "My One and Only", a reworking of the Gershwin musical "Funny Face" co-starring Twiggy; also directed and co-choreographed with Thommie Walsh; won Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography (his fourth and fifth)
1987:
Had first failure as director with the play "Stepping Out"
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1990:
Choreographed and directed the musical "Grand Hotel"; won sixth and seventh Tony Awards
1990:
Did uncredited staging of Shirley MacLaine's number "I'm Still Here" in Mike Nichols' "Postcards From the Edge"
1991:
Staged and choreographed "The Will Rogers Follies"; earned eighth and ninth Tony Awards; show also named Best Musical
1991:
Co-starred with Ann Reinking in a touring company of "Bye Bye Birdie"
1993:
Performed his nightclub act "Tommy Tune Tonight!", with the Manhattan Rhythm Kings
1994:
Had first Broadway flop with the sequel "The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public"
1995:
Broke foot on tour forcing cancellation of Broadway-bound musical "Busker Alley" (formerly called "Stage Door Charley"
1997:
Released first solo album "Slow Dancing"
1997:
Published his memoirs "Footnotes"
1998:
Announced to play the lead, direct, co-author book and choreograph stage musical adaptation of Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" to co-star Sandy Duncan; production cancelled
1999:
Succeeded David Cassidy as the star of the Las Vegas musical "EFX"
2001:
Performed with The Manhattan Rhythm Kings in a touring stage show

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