Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune — two of America’s most revered Broadway theatrical legends — will bring their style and grace to Texas’ oldest theater for a one-night only performance that promises to bring the glitz and glamour that Broadway shows entail.
The production, “Chita & Tune — Two For The Road,” where both entertainers will perform songs from their respective careers accompanied by a trio of Broadway musicians, will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.
Tune, who is celebrating six decades in show business as a performer, director and choreographer, has won 10 Tony Awards, including the 2015 Tony for Life Achievement in the Theatre Award.
“I was naturally ‘bossy,’ so I would put on shows with the kids in the neighborhood when I was growing up; it was called the Patio Revue,” Tune said. “My parents said I danced before I walked, so I suppose I was always in show business.”
A native Texan, Tune began his professional career as a dancer in “Baker Street,” “A Joyful Noise” and “How Now Down Jones.”
In addition to all of those Tony Awards, Tune also has received eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obies, three Astaire Awards and multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards, but he will never forget his first role, which was in an Easter pageant in elementary school, Tune said.
“My first role ever made my mother cry,” Tune said. “That’s why as I reflect on all of the performances throughout my career, this production (Chita & Tune) is a dream job. The chemistry has always existed between Chita and me and this show will be our first opportunity to experience it onstage together. It’s one built on respect and years of experience in our chosen profession.”
With several Broadway shows to his credit, including his one-man show “Tommy Tune Tonight!,” Tune also has been invited to sing and dance for three U.S. presidents, the queen of England, and the royal family of Monaco.
In anticipation of his performance Saturday night at The Grand, which Tune calls a “jewel of a theater,” Tune also expressed how he and Chita are excited about presenting “a late-blooming theater romance” for those who plan on being in attendance.
Also as a part of the production, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. For tickets, visit www.thegrand.com (enter the code GRAND) or call 800-821-1894.
“I truly love this little opera house,” Tune said. “It’s always an honor to step onto its stage — it’s historic! We (Chita and I) both love what we do and take seriously the chance to be joining together to make a new entertainment opportunity for the public.”