"Right now I’m thinking of Texas in the 50s," Tune began. "You see, my father’s great dream for me was the same as every Texas father’s dream for their first born son – they wanted us all to leave Texas, go to New York, and dance in the chorus of a Broadway show. And I did it and I loved every single time step."
"Especially tonight – this is a great honor. My father thanks you, my mother thanks you, my sister Gracey thanks you, my brother Peter also."
Celebrating the Career of Tony Lifetime Achievement Honoree Tommy Tune
Tune also thanked the Broadway community, including fans and theatregoers. "I want to thank each and every one of you who through the years have either attended or contributed to my Broadway offerings. They would not have worked without you. We know that Broadway has a universal mystique, and I am proud and humbled to be part of our Broadway universe. It is vast and inclusive."
Tune began his career as a dancer on Broadway and in a long career, has received a total of 13 Tony nominations, winning nine. He is currently touring the country in his one-man show, Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales.