Broadway legend Tommy Tune recently returned to the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston to celebrate its reopening. And Playbill was there to witness it.
On the train ride over, Tune discussed the Colonial’s impact on his stage career and his memories of the historic venue, including his first Colonial theatregoing experience of Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.
"You feel the history when you walk into the Colonial,” said Tune, acknowledging the special design of the theatre’s ground plan. "When you stand center stage, the audience wraps and holds you. It's like an embrace.”
Tune worked on a myriad of shows at the Colonial, including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, My One and Only, and Grand Hotel.
After a three-year closure, the Boston venue reopened with the world premiere of Moulin Rouge!, which began performances on July 29. Tune was an advocate for the preservation of the theatre.
"When the word came that Emerson was taking it over and it was going to become a lunchroom, I got on my bandwagon and said, 'We’ve got to save this theatre! You don’t understand. This is the best theatre in the country!'"