Astaire Awards, Honoring Tune, Ashford, Liff, Olivo and Scott, Presented June 2 | Playbill

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News Astaire Awards, Honoring Tune, Ashford, Liff, Olivo and Scott, Presented June 2 Nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune will be presented with the first-ever Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Gala June 2.
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Brooke Shields, who has appeared in the Broadway revivals of Cabaret, Wonderful Town, Chicago and Grease (the latter produced by Tune), will present Tune with the honor. This year's other honorees, who will also be in attendance, include Cry Baby's Spencer Liff (Best Male Dancer on Broadway), In the Heights' Karen Olivo (Best Female Dancer on Broadway), Cry Baby choreographer Rob Ashford (Best Choreography on Broadway) and "Step up 2: The Streets" choreographers Dave Scott, Hi–Hat and Jamal Sims (Best Choreography in Film).

Held within the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center Studios, the gala evening will also boast appearances by Savion Glover, former Astaire dancing partners Jane Powell and Arlene Dahl, singer-songwriter Sylvia Tosun and vocalist Anna Bergman. Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams directs the evening's entertainment.

A nine-time Tony Award winner, director-choreographer-actor Tune has helped create such Broadway shows as Nine, My One & Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Will Rogers Follies and Grand Hotel. He helmed Off-Broadway's The Club and Cloud Nine, and he spent two years starring in the Las Vegas production of the spectacular EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel, where he was awarded Best Production Star of the Year in 2001. Tune was recently seen in the national tour of Dr. Dolittle.

Tickets range $350-$500. A limited number of seats are available at $50 for balcony seating for the awards and performance. Proceeds benefit The Auditory Oral School of New York. Tickets and further information are available by phoning (212) 655-9377.

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