Twinkle Toes - Tales of a Broadway Gypsy 1949-1969
Gene Gavin, author
In 1949, Herbert Eugene Tuttle left a small town in Michigan for New York City with only a dream —to dance on Broadway— even though he didn’t know how to dance. Determined to learn, he studied modern dance with Martha Graham and learned ballet from the many Ballet Russe exiles living in NYC after World War II. Through sheer determination, he performed with the brightest stars of his generation—Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Bob Fosse, Elaine Stritch, Gwen Verdon, Tanaquil LeClerq, Maria Tallchief, Carol Lawrence, and Chita Rivera. He fell in love with Julie Harris and he worked for many years with Carol Haney of Pajama Game fame. He danced in the original West Side Story, Shinbone Alley, Sail Away, Skyscraper, Little Me, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Walking Happy, Bravo Giovanni, Ballets: USA. He toured Europe and Japan with the New York City Ballet. This is the story of a Broadway Gypsy.