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The Who’s Tommy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  John Kennedy Described as the Rock Musical reborn for a new generation there may well be a smattering of the My Generation here tonight who heard it first time round. The essential summertime news circulating in 1969 was that The Who were ...

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The Who’s Tommy – Nottingham Playhouse

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  Dave Smith It’s nearly 50 years since The Who released Tommy, one of two concept albums by the band (along with Quadrophenia) that helped turn them from Mod favourites to genuine rock icons. The plot concerns ...

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Quadrophenia Club Night – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Reviewer: Matt Forrest When The Who released their second Rock Opera, Quadrophenia (it’s the tale of young mod Jimmy, who is trying to find his way in life, set in London and against the back drop of the clashes on Brighton beach between the mods and rockers), the album was heralded as a classic and regularly appears on lists of ...

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Tommy: The Rock Opera – Opera House Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Director: Paul Nicholas Book: Pete Townshend &Des McAnuff Music &Lyrics: Pete Townshend Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby   Tommy: The Rock Opera comes with an old school multi-media history: first an album, then a concert, then a film and finally in 1992, the perhaps inevitable musical. This production casts Joe McElderry in the titular rôle and as an X-Factor winner from ...

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Tommy – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics by: Pete Townsend Book by: Des McAnuff Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Scott Stait Based around The Who’s 1969 concept album, Tommy tells the story of a boy suffering from sensory deprivation in a world that doesn’t understand him. Following a tortured and misguided youth, by some twist of fate he miraculously regains his sight, speech and ...

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CD Review: Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle – North Of Houston

Vocals: Michael Cerveris and Kimberley Kaye Musicians: Loose Cattle Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Those familiar with Broadway stalwart Michael Cerveris may be left somewhat flummoxed by this release. The star of Tommy, Sweeney Todd, Assassins and Evita among others, has forgone the sound of the musical, instead returning to an alternative American musical songbook – that of country and ...

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NEWS: Colchester Mercury Launches 2013 Programme

While many theatres are currently announcing their spring seasons, Colchester Mercury Theatre has gone one step further, today announcing programming for the entire of 2013. In his inaugural year at the Essex Theatre, new Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd has launched what the venue is promoting as its ‘Made In Colchester’ season. For Buckroyd it’s a natural extension of the theatre’s ...

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