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Tommy Tune to receive Lifetime Achievement Tony

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Tommy Tune, has already been honored by the Tonys for his work as a director, choreographer, and actor. But this year, he adds another accolade to his collection: Tune will receive the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at this year’s ceremony, the Tony Awards announced Thursday. 

Tune has won nine Tonys already. His first came in 1974 as a supporting actor in Seesaw. Most recently, he won twice in 1991 for directing and choreographing The Will Rogers Follies

“It is our honor to present the legendary Tommy Tune with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding dedication to theatre and iconic achievements over the span of his more than 50 years in the business,” American Theatre Wing President Heather Hitchens and The Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement. “He has succeeded in multiple facets of the industry—both on stage and off—and is a shining example of the magical experience that live performance brings. We are proud to celebrate his triumphs with the Lifetime Achievement honor this year.” 

The Tonys will air June 7 on CBS.