September 19, 2020

1996-01-12 – The Town Talk

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Musical ‘Tommy’ set for

NEW ORLEANS 7 Tickets are
now on sale for the Tony Award
winning rock musical "The
Who's Tommy." being presented
at The Saenger Theatre. Jan. 30
through Feb. 4.

"Tommy." which opened on
Broadway April 22. 1993. is the
recipient of five Tony Awards —
for best score. director, choreog-
raphy. scenic design and light
ing. It received six Drama Desk
Awards. three Outer Critics
Circle awards and a 1994
Grammy Award for Best Musical
Show Recording.

Hurtling onto the stage with
dramatically streaming lights.
sets soaring through the air.
breathtaking projections. robotic
instruments and dozens of video
screens. “Tommy” is one of the
most technically sophisticated
productions in Broadway histo-
ry.
The Who first gave voice to
”Tommy“ in 1969 with its land-
mark concept album of the “rock
opera." Tommy‘s amazing musi-
cal journey. which features such
mega-hits as "Amazing
Journey.“ “See Me. Feel Me,”
“We’re Not Going to Take It" and
“Pinball Wizard" has since
rocked across generations and
all around the world. In addition
to these timeless classics. the
stage version features new mate-
rial by Townshend, including a
new ballad, “I Believe My Own
Eyes.”

"Tommy" is told visually and
musically with virtually no dia-
logue. Set in Britain between the
end of World War II and the late

Michael Seelboch plays the title role in Big League Theotricols’
production of ”The Who’s Tommy,” at the Soenger Theatre in
New Orleans Jan. 30 through Feb. 4.

‘605 (instead of the 20th century
of the album), “Tommy" chroni-
cles the adventures of young

Tommy Walker. Following a
traumatic experience in child«
hood. which causes him to with-

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draw from the world. Tommy
emerges an unwilling hero ~ the
Pinball Wizard — who must live
up to the expectations of his
demanding followers.

Writer/composer/musician
Pete Townshend has been a
member of The Who since 1963.
At least 20 of his more than 300
recorded songs have been chart
hits and he has written and com—
posed several major collections.
including "Tommy,” that have
won international recognition.
Given the Ivor Novello Award by
his song-writer peers for services
to the British Music Industry
(1981 1. and the British
Phonographic Industry Award
(1983). he was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
1990. He has twice been nominat—
ed for Grammys and received an
Academy Award nomination for
the film score of “Tommy.”

In 1991. he received the
International Rock Awards Life
Achievement Award in recogni—
tion of his work as an interna-
tional performer. producer and
composer.

The national tour of “Tommy"
is directed by Vicky Bussert.

Tickets are available at all
TicketMaster locations and the
Saenger Theatre box office. To
charge by phone, call (504) 522-
5555 or 1-800-488-5252. Tickets are
priced from $24 to $36.50.

Performances are at 8 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 p.m.
and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday at 8
p.m.. Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8
p.m.. and Sunday at 2 p.m.