Theater: A Dude from a Different Planet

Broadway's high-stepping Tommy Tune wins a Tony for "Nine'

Tommy Tune has one big advantage over other dancers, choreographers and directors of musicals. It is not that he is 6 ft. 6 in., although that helps. Nor is it that he has the most musical name on Broadway. No. Tune's advantage is that he had the luck to grow up in Texas around real hoofers, the most graceful performers on legs. "My father used to train Tennessee walking horses," he says, "and that gave me an early sense of gaits. When the ring emptied out, I'd go in and imitate them."

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