HERE'S WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE:

CLICK/TAP THE TABS ABOVE TO ACCESS OUR ARCHIVE OF SHOW AND MEDIA REVIEWS, AS WELL AS FEATURES LIKE BROADWAY WHO'S WHO AND ONE THAT GOT AWAY. COLLECTORS WILL BE INTERESTED IN OUR LIGHTS OF BROADWAY CARDS AND PLAYBILLS FOR SALE!

COMING UP ON BROADWAY: Diana - Previews 12.1.21 Opens 12.16.21 The Music Man - Previews 12.20.21 SIX - Opens Company - Previews The Lehman Trilogy - Previews Mrs. Doubtfire - Previews The Minutes - Previews MJ: The Musical - Previews 9.21 Plaza Suite - Previews TBA American Buffalo - Previews TBA Take Me Out - Previews TBA 1776 - Previews TBA Caroline, or Change -Previews TBA Flying Over Sunset - Fall 2021 Birthday Candles - Fall 2021 Sing Street - Winter 2021 Our Town - TBA Thoughts of a Colored Man - TBA

COMING UP THIS WEEK: 4/19: 1970s Broadway Musical Logo Madness! Elimination Group A! - 4/20: This Week in Broadway History - 4/21: Special Update! The Torsos of Broadway Returns! - 4/22: Favorite Broadway Designs - 4/23: Broadway Game!

Contact us: jkstheatrescene@yahoo.com (Email); @jkstheatrescene (Twitter); jkstheatrescene (Instagram)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

#TBT: Playbill: The Who's Tommy: July 1993

Looking back on it, The Who's Tommy was pretty advanced thinking for Broadway in the early 90's, and not just because it had three actors playing the main character. A true rock opera that hadn't really been seen since Jesus Christ Superstar or Hair some 20+ years earlier. It was loud, in your face rock though Who purists may have taken exception to changes made and a fuller orchestrated sound. Still, it is certainly Pete Townshend's masterpiece. It may have softened it all a tad, but it certainly was not "Broadway-fied." Then there was the state of the art use of projections and seamless direction and choreography by Des McAnuff and Wayne Cilento, respectively. It was visually stunning, beautifully sung and acted, and the music, which left my ears ringing for hours after, was amazing.

The Who's Tommy
St. James Theatre
27 previews, 899 performances
July 1993 Company: Michael Cerveris, Marcia Mitzman, Jonathan Dokuchitz, Anthony Barrile, Paul Kandel, Cheryl Freeman, Sherie Scott, Christian Hoff, Norm Lewis, Alice Ripley, Michael McElroy
Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Music and lyrics by Pete Townshend. Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Choreography by Wayne Cilento. Direction by Des McAnuff

July 1993
 (Click the pictures to enlarge them.)

Look who I got to see!

Look at the future Tony winners, Michael, Alice and Christian. 
And how about future Tony nominees Norm and Sherie - before the Renee?


A decent array of shows - Millennium Approaches before Perestroika was even a thing... the last days of Falsettos (for another 23 years, at least). The Big 3 (Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Phantom) are still going strong, while traditional musicals seem to be making a comeback - Crazy For You, The Will Rogers Follies, the best revival ever of Guys and Dolls. And darker musicals also prove popular - Jelly's Last Jam, Blood Brothers, Kiss of the Spider Woman. And the star power! Harry Groener, Jodi Benson, Bill Irwin, Brian (pre-Stokes) Mitchell, Ben Vereen, Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera, Brent Carver, Anthony Cravello, Larry Gatlin, Martin Short, Lynn Redgrave and Bernadette Peters!

The Pinball Wizard and his machine (the ultimate merch find)!



#2017

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...