By Sandie Newton, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – He began his career over half a century ago, but you wouldn’t believe it from the energetic tapping in his hit Broadway show “Steps in Time,” now on stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Wichita Falls native Tommy Tune credits the Dallas venue as his home – the first professional venue that inspired his lifelong love affair with dance.

The 6’6″ dancer left Texas for New York City after tapping on that Dallas stage, but he now returns to light it up once again with an award-winning musical biography that plays out in a rousing 90-minute show. Tune purposely exposes the backstage area, because he wants North Texas audiences to see what the same things that he saw while still a young teen, just starting out in the entertainment business.

The Rhythm Kings accompany Tune as he takes the audience on a mini-journey through his long career and many successes.

Tune has lived in Manhattan since leaving Texas, but still credits the Lone Star State as his inspriation, and the reason that he has been able to become so accomplished. On Broadway, the dancer wears requisite tap shoes while performing. But for this special production on his home turf, Tune wears cowboy boots on stage! It is the first time that Tune has tapped in boots for this show but, he said, this is how he started out, and he is thrilled to bring his career full circle.

Tune also added that he is thankful for the great local audiences who have supported him all these years.

“Steps In Time” continues as the opening production of the 71st season of the Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park through Sunday, March 20.