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Tommy Tune dances into his hometown of Houston and gets a Texas-sized welcome

Tommy Tune dances into Houston and gets a Texas-sized welcome

Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Cynthia Petrello, Tommy Tune
Cynthia Petrello, Tommy Tune. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Dickson Photography
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Maureen Patton, Patrick Rinn, Michael Biagi, Cissy Segall Davis
Maureen Patton, Patrick Rinn, Michael Biagi, Cissy Segall Davis. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Dickson Photography
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Ernie Mendoza, Dr. Norma Mendoza, Rachel Fisher
Ernie Mendoza, Dr. Norma Mendoza, Rachel Fisher. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Dickson Photography
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Mary D’Andrea, Merra D’Andrea
Mary D’Andrea, Merra D’Andrea. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Dickson Photography
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Karen Bradshaw, Sandy Godfrey
Karen Bradshaw, Sandy Godfrey. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Dickson Photography
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Cynthia Petrello, Tommy Tune
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Maureen Patton, Patrick Rinn, Michael Biagi, Cissy Segall Davis
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Ernie Mendoza, Dr. Norma Mendoza, Rachel Fisher
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Mary D’Andrea, Merra D’Andrea
Houston, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello cocktail reception for Tommy Tune, Nov. 2016, Karen Bradshaw, Sandy Godfrey

Broadway star Tommy Tune recently returned to his home town and Houston oil exec Anthony Petrello and his wife Cynthia invited 50 of his and their friends, along with Miller Outdoor Theatre advisory board members, to their Shadyside mansion to give the award-winning performer/director/choreographer a special Texas welcome.

Tune, a Lamar High graduate who studied dance with Patsy Swayze in Houston before launching a career filled with acclaim, was in town to perform Tommy Tune Tonight at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which attracted a crowd of 5,000 fans.

Guests at the cocktail reception mingled with the tall Tune (he towers 6-feet-6-inches) and took in the nice fall weather by strolling the home's well-manicured grounds, catching glimpses of the family’s outdoor bunnies. The evening also featured cocktails and appetizers by City Kitchen and music by Divisi Strings Amp’d and pianist Scott Graham.

Tune has received Tony Awards for his work in several Broadway shows, including The Will Rogers Follies, Grand Hotel, My One and Only, Nine, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and Seesaw.  In 2002, Houston's Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) created the the annual Tommy Tune Awards to recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theater by Houston-area high school students and their teachers.

Toasting Tune were Carena Petrello, David Mincberg, Lainie Gordon, Karin Marshall, St John Flynn, Marjana and Hal Roach, Colin Brokaw, June Deadrick, Miriam Meyers, Rodney Nathan, Cathy Brock, Sandy Godfrey, Francie Mendenhall, and Maureen Patton

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