Theatre at the Grove kicks off its 2016 season with “The Who’s Tommy”, a spectacular stage version of the rock opera classic! Performance dates are: March 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, April 1, 2 @ 8pm March 13, 20, 26, April 2, 3 @ 3pm at the Theatre at the Grove is located at 5177 Nuangola Rd. in Nuangola.
Theatre at the Grove’s 2016 Season kicks off with a modern rock classic brought to life: “The Who’s Tommy”. The tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph has been called “the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre.”
When the double album Tommy was release on vinyl in 1969, a new era was born. Written by The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend, Tommy is a full story told on one album. A new term was born: Rock Opera. While not the first rock opera, Tommy changed the way we listen to an album, inspiring latter classic albums like David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage.
In 1993, New York director Des McAnuff created the stage version of Tommy for Broadway. Tommy is saddled with a frightening family. A horrid event leaves him deaf, dumb and blind. But Tommy’s fortune changes when the young boy discovers the pinball machine. Led by an inner vision, Tommy becomes a worldwide sensation as “The Pinball Wizard” and life guru. But is Tommy ready for super-stardom?
Adam Zawatasky and Michael Marone will share the title role of the pinball genius Tommy. Also in the cast in leading roles are Alice Y. Lyons as Mrs. Walker, Lou Lyons as Mr. Walker, Jonathan Vojtko as Cousin Kevin, Matthew Buckman as Uncle Ernie, Amanda Reese as the Gypsy “Acid” Queen. Liam Huff and Ethan Deivert portray younger versions of Tommy.
The show features an ensemble of more than twenty performers including Lauren Fredmund, Marikate Sullivan, Reagan Venturi, Maia Bagusky, Shandi Singer, Natasha Bogutski, Hannah Kasko, Shelley Bartolomei, Becky Phillips, Darren Moore, Colin Edwards, Sam Granteed, Chris Laundry, Tyler Ocasio, Jonathan Muniz, David Baker, Dan Nudo, Colin Casey, Kelly Kreiger, Darrin Cementina, Tyler Saar, Michael Rahl. Brennan Johnson, Ryan Aregood, and Seth Golden.
The show is directed and choreographed by Grove Artistic Director Michael Marone with additional choreography by Marikate Sullivan. Hollie Major musically directs the show.
Tommy is full of heart, great music, wonderful choreography and summertime fun. Make sure not to miss this season opener –a show you’ll talk about for a long time!
Tommy contains some adult situations and may not be appropriate for younger viewers
Call for reservations: (570) 868-8212, Email GroveTickets@Frontier.com,or visit theatreatthegrove.com
The cost is $20 for regular priced seats. Discounts available for students and groups
Next up on the Grove Theatre’s mainstage is Stephen Schwartz’s biblically themed musical Children of Eden playing April 15-May 1.