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1996-03-03 – Battle Creek Enquirer

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Enquirer Staff

KALAMAZOO — A national tour

of The Who’s classic rock opera
Tommy starts a three—day run on
- Tuesday at Miller Auditorium.

With music and lyrics by Pete
Townshend and book by Townshend
and director Des McAnufl, the pro-
duction garnered five Tony Awards
and was hailed by Variety as a
“theatrical phenomenon.”

It tells the story of a boy who re-
treats into his own world after see-
ing his father return from a
World War H prison camp and kill
his mother’s lover. Tommy first was
presented as a landmark double al-

bum in 1969 and regularly per-
formed at concert halls throughout

the world.
The album included such unfor-

gettable classics as See Me, Feel Me;
The Acid Queen; We ’71: Not Gonna

. Take It and Pinball Wizard. The
stage show also features new mate-

rial from Townshend, including I Be-
lieve My Own Eyes.

Although born as a rock opera, it
had previous lives both as a ballet
for Les Grands Ballet Canadienes
and an all-star presentation with the
London Symphony Orchestra before
finally hitting Broadway on April
11, 1993, and breaking box office
records.

With a theatrical setting, including
a new multi-media display, dazzling
choreography, pulsating pinball ma-
chines and an on-stage band, the au-
dience follows Tommy on an
amazing journey leading to his re-
covery.

The ensemble cast of 24 includes
three actors playing Tommy, depict-

ing him at age 4, 10 and 16.

Tommy is directed by Vicky Bus-
sert, who carries a list of credits
that includes directing two New
York productions, seven national
tours, 21 regional shows and more
than a dozen grand operas.

Bussert has called Tommy “the
most amazing collaboration of my
career.”

In addition to Variety, it was
hailed by critics in the New York
Tima and New York Post.

In concert

I What: The WMU Jazz
Orchestra with guest artists
John Fedchock and Joey
Tartell.

I When: 7:30 pm. Saturday.
I Where: Dalton Center
Recital Hall, Western
Michigan University.

I Tickets: $5. Available at
the door. For more
information, call Trent
Kynaston at 616387-4693.