Rock musical ‘Tommy’
tops lineup for Kravis
By JACK ZINK
The musical theater version of Tom-
my, the original classic 1969 rock op-
era by The Who, will play at the Kravis
and Broward arts centers in the fall. It
will be part of one of the most unusual
game plans in history for a new Broad-
Although it was a hit in its tryout
last summer at the La Jolla Playhouse
in Southern California, The Who's
Tommy will not open on Broadway un-
til April. A national tour will begin in
Texas in September and move to South
Florida, billed as a major theater
event for the Clinton generation's thir-
ty and fortysomethings.
The show is part of 3 1993-94 lineup
by PTG-Florida Inc. for Palm Beach,
Broward and Dade county theaters
that will total 13 or more national
touring companies of plays and musi-
cals. PTG stands for Pace Theatrical
Group, a Houston- and New York-
based producing organization that is
now one of the most poWerful in Amer-
ican theater. The Who’s Tommy is
Pace’s riskiest project in recent years.
The Kravis Center will also get the
previously announced musicals Crazy
for You, Guys and Dolls, Les Misera-
bles and Camelot. Kravis Broadway
series subscribers will also see Five
Guys Named Moe, with the music of
’403 jazzman Louis Jordan, and Mike
Farrell in a revival of the one-man
show Clarence Darrow, at the Royal
Still in negotiation for the Royal
Poinciana are Neil Simon’s latest
Broadway comedy, Jake's Women,
and Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters
Rosenweig, which will transfer from
off-Broadway to Broadway in the
spring. In early 1995, the Kravis will
get its own booking of The Phantom of
the Opera. which played the Broward
Center in 1990 and will arrive at the
Jackie Gleason Theater on Miami
Beach in the fall.
Other shows in the PTG lineup will
not all play in the Palm Beaches, but
they are available as special purchase
items to subscribers before single-
ticket sales open to the general public.
They are a revival of the musical Jo-
seph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat that is headed for Broad-
way. the musical Miss Saigon, and the
comedy Love Letters. all due at the
Broward Center, plus Cats and The
Phantom of the Opera at the Gleason.
The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy
was staged by various producers who
mounted rock concert styled produc—
tions through the early ‘703. It was
made into a movie directed by Ken
Russell in 1975. The new production
headed for Broadway is a full-blown
production with new music by the
group’s leader, Pete Townshend.
Subscriptions for the Palm Beach
PTG-Florida’s 1993-94 Palm
Beach Broadway Series sub-
I The Who's Tommy, Nov. 16—21.
I Crazy for You, Jan. 4-9.
I Guys and Dolls, Feb. 8-13.
I Camelot with Robert Goulet, April
I Five Guys Named Moe, March 22-
I Clarence Darrow with Mike Farrell,
Dec. 21-Jan. 2, 1994.
I The Phantom of the Opera, Jackie
Gleason Theatre, Oct. 11
I Miss Saigon, Broward Center,
March 28, 1994 (6—12 weeks).
I Les Miserables. Kravis, May 11—15,
Also Joseph and the Amazing Tech-
nicolor Dreamcoat and Love Let-
ters. Broward Center; Cats.
I Jakes' Women or The Sisters Ro-
sensweig, in negotiation.
County series ranges from $255.90 to
$360, plus individual ticket costs for
Miss Saigon (up to $65) and The Phan-
tom of the Opera (up to $60). Other
shows’ top prices are expected to re-
main below $50. For information, call
the PTG Broadway Series subscription
office at 930-TKTS, or Ticketmaster at