‘Tommy’ to lead 1993-94 theater lineup
By JACK ZINK
The musical theater version of Tom-
my, the original classic 1969 rock op-
era by the The Who, will play at the
Kravis and Broward arts centers this
fall. It will be part of one of the most
unusual game plans in history for a
new Broadway show.
A hit in its tryout last summer at the
La Jolla Playhouse in southern Cali-
fornia, The Who’s Tommy will open on
Broadway in April. A national tour
will begin in Texas in September and
then move the next month to South
Florida, billed as a major theater
event for the Clinton generation's thir-
ty- and fortysomethings.
The schedule is highly unusual be-
cause a shows national tour tradition-
ally is announced only after the show
becomes entrenched on Broadway.
The show is part of a round-robin
1993-94 lineup by PTG-Florida Inc. for
Palm Beach. Broward and Dade Coun-
ty theaters that will total 13 or more
national touring companies of plays
and musicals. PTG stands for Pace
Broward Broadway Series.
Some shows are not on sub-
scription. Final booking dates
will be announced in mid-
I BROWARD CENTER FOR THE
PERFORMING ARTS: Guys and
Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Let-
ters, The Who's Tommy (Octo-
ber). Miss Saigon (March 29,
1994, for up to three months) .
I PARKER PLAYHOUSE: Five Guys
Named Moe, Clarence Darrow with
Mike Farrell. Plus Jake's Women or
The SISYGTS Rosenwe/‘g, in
I SPECIAL PURCHASE: Crazy for
You and Les Miserables (Kravis,
Gleason) : The Phantom of the Op-
era and Cats (Gleason). Camelot
York-based producing organization
that is now one of the most powerful in
American theater. The Who's Tommy
is Pace's riskiest project of recent
Theatrical Group. a Houston- and New years.
d E F H‘ J "N ‘
The Broward Center for the Per-
forming Arts and the Parker Play-
house, both in Fort Lauderdale, are
also expected to share a Broadway—
bound revival of Andrew Lloyd Web-
ber’s Joseph and the Amazing Techni-
color Dreamcoat, the musical Five
Guys Named Moe with the music of
‘405 jazzman Louis J ordan, the hit new
revival of Guys and D0115. a revival of
the one-man show Clarence Darrow
with Mike Farrell, and a new produc-
tion of Love Letters.
Miss Saigon opens a run of up to
three months at the Broward Center
on March 29, 1994. Other shows will in-
clude Crazy for You and Les Misera-
bles at the Jackie Gleason Theater in
Miami Beach and the Raymond F.
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
in West Palm Beach. Still in negotia-
tion for South Florida are N eil Simon’s
1991 Broadway comedy Jake‘s Women
and The Sisters Rosensweig, which
will move from off-Broadway to
Broadway this spring.
The hitch is, you can‘t buy tickets
yet in Broward. PTG-Florida recently
moved its entire subscription sales op-
eration into the Parker Playhouse. but
the staff isn‘t big enough to handle
Dade. Broward and Palm Beach ticket
orders all at once.
Jackie Gleason Theater patrons
were given the season’s schedule and
1993-94 ticket order forms weeks ago.
Kravis patrons are getting their ’93-’94
order forms this week.
The Broward Broadway Series offi--
cial lineup and prices will not be an-
nounced for at least two weeks, and or?
der forms will be sent to patrons soon
after. PTG officials are begging
Broward Center/Parker subscribers
not to call until the lineup is an-
nounced, or a major backlog will-
The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy-
was staged by various producers who
mounted rock-concert styled produc-J
tions through the early ’70s, and it was
made into a movie directed by Ken.
Russell in 1975. The new production
headed for Broadway is a full-blown
musical theater production with new
music by the group’s leader, Pete‘
It is considered the forerunner of the
rock opera movement, and research
by Pace has shown its opening three-
note guitar riff is one of the best-
known musical fragments in popular