The Rock Musical “The Who’s Tommy” will be presented by the Phoenix Theater Company at Trinity-on-Main June 17-25. The show premiered on Broadway on April 22, 1993 and played for 899 performances. Book and music and lyrics are by Peter Townshend. Additional music and lyrics are by Keith Moon John Entwistle.
The heart of the story is that Tommy’s dad, presumed killed in WWII, returns to find his wife with another guy. Tommy sees his father kill the lover, and then mom and dad render Tommy comatose by screaming “You didn’t hear it. You didn’t see it. You won’t say nothing to no-one ever in your life.”
Tommy then enjoys 30 minutes of fame: fifteen as the mute Pinball Wizard, fifteen as a cult leader after a toss through a mirror by his mom wakes him from his coma. When his only advice to his disciples is to enjoy life, which Tommy has been deprived of for so long, his disciples get bored, which is generally bad news for a cult leader. Mixed in are some deranged relatives who take advantage of the boy while he’s deaf, dumb and blind and financially when he’s an icon.
The show features the songs “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, “Tommy, Can You Hear Me?”, “Pinball Wizard”, “I’m Free” and “See Me, Feel Me”. “Tommy” is directed by Jason Shusterman of Hartford. Helping out back stage are Chris Ryan (Bristol) as Producer, Jason Ferrandino (New Britain) as Musical Director, Keri Boe (East Windsor) as Stage Manager, Stephanie Simpson (West Hartford) as Choreographer, Krissy Mack (Bloomfield) as Makeup Designer and Tech Crew and Solveig Pfluger (Suffield) as Costumer. In addition, all of the technical equipment for lights and sound are being donated for this production by Advanced Lighting and Sound Solutions of Manchester, CT.
Featured in the large cast are: Adam Boe (East Windsor) as the older Tommy, Adison Boe (East Windsor) as the four year old Tommy, Aurora Boe (East Windsor) as the 10 year old Tommy, Virginia Skinner (Orange) as Mrs. Walker, Will Caswell (Kensington) as Captain Walker, Wayne Crowe (Hartford) as the Lover, Quint Johnson (Branford) as Uncle Ernie, Quint Johnson, Jr. (Orange) as Cousin Kevin, Ashley Hamel (Kensington) as a Gypsy, Jenn Lohmann (East Hartford) as a Hawker, Joe Mancini (Manchester) as the Harmonica Player, Aimee Desjardin (West Hartford) as Sally Simpson and Josh Thompson (Manchester) as The Specialist.
The ensemble includes: Romana Anderson (New Britain), Chloe Anderson (New Britain), Tammi Crunk (Windsor Locks), Jenny Dowker (Waterbury), John Grundy (Lowell, MA), Caitlin Hanley (Lowell, MA), Dani Kalman (Naugatuck), Raven Kunz (Bloomfield), Kelly Mountzoures (New Britain), Bob O’Donoghue (Waterbury), Christopher Rahusen (Uncasville), Diane Raikis (Orange), Torrey Thomas (Manchester),
The show will be presented on Friday and Saturday June 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m., with one Sunday performance on June 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $24 at the door. Trinity-On-Main is at 69 Main St. There will be a cash bar, and other refreshments will be available. There will be free parking on the streets around Trinity and in the Chestnut Street Parking Garage across the street from Trinity. Call (860) 229-2072 for tickets, information and reservations or go online and visit phoenixtheater.us.