Matt Zarley will once again use his "crazy flipper fingers" as he reprises his Broadway role as "that deaf, dumb and blind kid", Tommy, in The Who's Tommy, playing at the Barn Theatre in Michigan, August 5-17.
Zarley, a company member of Broadway cast, eventually played the lead role several times from the summer of 1994 until the show closed in 1995. Zarley made his Broadway debut as Mark in A Chorus Line.
As a young boy, Tommy is stricken deaf, dumb and blind after watching his father shoot his mother's lover. Tommy's only form of communication is his wizardry at pinball. He is finally set free when his mother, frustrated by the many years of non-communication with her son, smashes the mirror in which he viewed the murder.
Tommy was first released as concept album by The Who in 1969, then was made into a movie starring Ann-Margret in 1975, and was adapted to the stage in 1993, under the title The Who's Tommy.
The Barn has given a first leg up to such performers as Marin Mazzie (Passion), Dana Delany (Translations) and Tom Wopat (TV's Dukes of Hazzard). Wopat just finished a run at the Barn earlier this summer as Will Rogers in the The Will Rogers Follies. Now in its 52nd year, The Barn is run by founder Jack Ragotzy and his son, Brendan Ragotzy. The latter came on board as co-producer this year.
For tickets and information on shows at the Barn Theatre on M-96 west of Augusta, call (616) 731-4121 or visit the Barn Theatre regional listing at Playbill On-Line.