Tony Partington

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My father Rex Partington
15 March 1924 - 17 March 2006 
My father, Rex Partington died in Panama City, Florida on March 17, 2006 at the age of 82.  He was an amazing man; a stellar talent in the world of theatre.  He did it all and he did it so very well.  First as an actor on Broadway and in regional and stock theatre companies (where, by the way, he met my mother, Cleo Holladay).  She, incidentally, is still fully active in the theatre as both an actress and a director. After marrying, my folks continued to work in regional theatre and on Broadway.  My Dad stage managed the original Broadway productions of THE MATCHMAKER and MY FAIR LADY - for five and one-half years!  Then one day in 1961 a phone call came that would change my father's artistic life (and all of our lives) forever.  The great theatre producer and director Sir Tyrone Guthrie was starting a theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota and he needed the best person possible for Production Manager to oversee all production elements at this ground-breaking regional theatre.  Guthrie had learned from colleagues that Rex Partington was his man and my father was offered the job. My father remained at the Guthrie until 1968 when he started his own professional theatre company, Heartland Productions.  Heartland toured the upper midwest region for three years then it was off to Cleveland, Ohio where my father took on  the Artistic Directorship of the Cleveland Playhouse.  Two years later my father was asked by his friend and mentor Robert Porterfield, founder of the Barter Theatre in Virginia, to come to his aid.  Porterfield's health was failing and he needed someone he could rely on who understood the very simple yet fragile concept of the Barter.  After the death of Robert Porterfield my father was asked to take over the leadership role of the Barter and it was as Artistic and Producing Director that my father spent the next twenty years of his professional life.  Today this period is considered, throughout the theatre world, as the Golden Years of the Barter.  My father's mission was simple, "Quality is Paramount."  In 1992 my father decided to "retire" and his idea of retirement was to purchase and rennovate the Dixie Theatre in the Florida panhandle town of Apalachicola.  He and my mother had traveled to Apalachicola for a vacation, saw the boarded, dilapidated theatre, fell in love with it and the town and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.  The Dixie's rennovation turned out to be much more than a labor of love, but the project was completed and the Dixie Theatre now serves as the cultural center of Apalachicola and Franklin County Florida, producing and presenting both live theatre, concerts, and movies.  My father truly was, the Last Great Gentleman of the American Theatre.

My father saw much of life, the good and bad.  He grew up during the depression, was in the celebrated 101st Airborne Division and helped liberate Europe during World War II.  My father was an honest, kind, compassionate, respectful, humble and loving man.  Fiercely loyal and protective of his family  he was also the most spiritual person I ever knew.  He was a wonderful husband and miraculaous father.  He was and is my Dad and I love him with all my heart and soul. 
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Tony Partington has enjoyed a successful career as both a singer and an actor.  As a vocalist, he has performed at the TRUMP PLAZA in Atlantic City, NJ  Philadelphia's NEW CENTURY GUILD HALL, Virginia's famed HOMESTEAD RESORT, Florida's historic DIXIE THEATRE and in Jamaica, West Indies at the JAMAICA-JAMAICA RESORT.  He created the role of President Truman's Aide in the opera HERE I STAND and has also performed with the Curtis Institute Opera in Philadelphia and the Philmont Opera in Wilmington, Delaware in numerous operas.  Additionally, Mr. Partington enjoyed a guest appearance with Jay Black & The Americans at the famous Valley Forge Music Fair.  As a singer, Tony has studied with such musical luminaries as Wayne Conner (of the Curits Institute), Jeanne Grace, Lois Darling, Mary Vaughn and Maestro Constantine Callinicos (Mario Lanza's operatic coach, conductor and accompanist).

In 2009, due to the results of treatment for a medical condition which adversely and permanently affected his voice, Mr. Partington retired from public performance.  He continues to sing though and does occasionally perform in concert.

He produced and hosted the award winning weekly series "Singer's Spotlight" for National Public Radio and has produced, performed and directed both theatre and opera throughout the country.

As an actor, Mr. Partington has appeared in regional theatre and on film and television.  Credits include: DEAD POETS SOCIETY with Robin Williams, KAHN THE WARRIOR, ALL MY SONS, THE FANTASTICKS, JACQUES BREL, OH, COWARD the World Premieres of BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD and
A TENOR ON BROADWAY. He also starred in  NBC-TV's UNSOLVED MYSTERIES.  Mr. Partington is also the announcer for the internationally celebrated, award winning Pod-Cast Series:

Mr. Partington is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the America Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors' Guild.  He is also listed in WHO'S WHO IN ENTERTAINMENT.

In addition to his performance career, Mr. Partington works in healthcare and is a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) and RMA (Registered Medical Assistant).
Kristi & Tony Partington
Our Wedding Day
April 3, 2004

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A Tenor On Broadway
(World Premiere)
My mother and my sister: Cleo Holladay and Dixie Partington.  Both actresses, both quite active in the American professional theatre.
The Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola, Florida.
My father's legacy.