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It was so Dallas. Tommy Tune's new musical, Busker Alley, was introduced over high tea at Lady Primrose's, an antiques and high-end bric-a-brac shop in the Crescent Court. The Dallas Summer Musicals brings the show here for three weeks beginning April 26. Tune himself was flown in for the event, looking very tanned, dapper, and of course, tall, especially next to his young director, Jeff Calhoun.
The two became ver klempt as they spoke in hushed tones about the deep meaning this musical has for them. Tune got choked up in part because he started his career in Dallas 30 years ago, when he first appeared in West Side Story. And now he's come full circle. No one was sure what moved Calhoun to tears (it could have been the massive amounts of potpourri on hand).
In any case, Busker Alley sounds somewhat promising. Slated to open on Broadway in November 1995, the show is based on the 1938 film St. Martin's Lane, which starred Charles Laughton and Vivien Leigh in the May-December romance. Tune plays an older busker (street entertainer) who falls in love with an ingenue thief. The music and lyrics are by the Sherman brothers of Mary Poppins fame. And Tune, a native Texan, will bring his legendary lanky frame and lyrical moves to the Dallas boards. It will be worth seeing Busker Alley for that alone.
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