Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales

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Tommy Tune

Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales

The Royal Room, Palm Beach, FL, March 31, 2015

Reviewed by Jeffrey Bruce for Cabaret Scenes

Tommy-Tune-Taps-Tunes-and-Tall-Tales-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212The gorgeous Royal Room at The Colony Hotel welcomed the equally gorgeous Tommy Tune for a return engagement that continues through April 11th. The man is “gobsmacking” (in his own words): He is 76 and looks 30, dances (dare I say “still”?) like a dream, and has the ability to charm you like you’ve never been charmed before. The title of his show is Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales — and is it ever.

A Houstonian, he is still, inside, the Texan kid who wanted to go to New York and be a chorus boy. From Seesaw, to My One and Only, to the winning of 9 Tony Awards, Tune enchants us with stories of his love affairs, theater tales, and just enough inside dish to make even the less-savvy guest laughing and involved. Songs from Bye Bye Birdie, Knickerbocker Holiday, Lady, Be Good!, as well as a plethora of songs from his résumé, have the desired hypnotic effect. subtle, quiet “Up on the Roof,” the Drifters’ original hit, sung on a ladder overlooking the audience, was a personal favorite. It’s unbelievable what the tall tapper does on a thimble-sized stage, but hey… they make ’em  big in Texas, especially when it comes to talent. Don’t miss him!

Jeffrey Bruce

Originally from Fresh Meadows, Queens, Jeffrey has been in nine national tours, including How to Succeed… (Finch), Camelot (Mordred) and Peter Pan (Hook). He has also had the pleasure to play leads in the entire Neil Simon catalogue. On television, he was the permanent guest host, for 21 years, on the #1 local talk show in the country Kelly & Company on WXYZ-TV, Detroit. He teaches a weekly Master Class in Drama in Boca Raton, Florida. His theater reviews are on Writing for Cabaret Scenes has enabled him to educate the public as to the superb cabaret resources that South Florida has to offer.