Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Toni Tennille Glad to Lead a Double Life

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Toni Tennille Glad to Lead a Double Life

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Love really did keep them together.

Next year, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille will probably go on the road as the Captain & Tennille, doing a concert tour in commemoration of a couple of significant personal anniversaries.

The year 2000 marks the 25th anniversary of the Captain & Tennille's first hit song, Love Will Keep Us Together. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the marriage between Tennille and Dragon, who work together as the Captain (he plays the keyboards and wears a yachting cap) & Tennille.

But before she gets around to celebrating those anniversaries, Tennille has a little business to complete:

She's near the end of a national tour of Victor/Victoria, a stage musical based on the 1982 movie about a woman in Paris in the 1930s who poses as a female impersonator in order to get some nightclub work.

The show comes to Jacksonville tonight for five performances in three days at the Moran Theater of The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

The title role in Victor/Victoria was created by Julie Andrews, whose husband, Blake Edwards, wrote the screenplay for the movie and the book for the play, as well as directing the movie.

The music was written by Henry Mancini with Leslie Bricusse, with additional music for the play written by Frank Wildhorn after Mancini's death.

Andrews was replaced on Broadway by Raquel Welch, to the disappointment of Tennille, who had created her own audition tape when she heard Andrews was planning to leave the show. Tennille had gone after the role aggressively because she longed to do a Broadway musical. "But nobody would approach me," she said, invoking another of The Captain and Tennille's mid-'70s pop hits. "I'm the Muskrat Love girl."

As it turned out, the audition tape worked. While she didn't get the role on Broadway, producer Tony Adams remembered Tennille when the time came to mount a national tour. Rehearsals began last August, and Tennille has been on the road with the show since September.

In a telephone interview, Tennille playfully noted that in at least one way, she's better suited to play a woman pretending to be a man than her predecessors in the role. …

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