Tommy to Be Staged at London's Prince Edward Theatre Nov. 12
By Mark Shenton
Tommy, featuring music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, is to be staged in the West End for one night only Nov. 12.
Casting includes Daniel Boys as Captain Walker, Hannah Jane Fox as Mrs Walker and Zoe Birkett as The Acid Queen. Further casting is still to be announced.
First performed by The Who in 1969, it was originally conceived by Townshend and Kit Lambert and subsequently brought to the Broadway stage by McAnuff in 1993, following a prior run at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse in 1992. McAnuff is due to revive the show himself at next year's Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada.
Telling the story of a deaf, mute and blind pinball player who becomes an international messiah, it features such songs as "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me, Touch Me."
This concert version will be directed by Raz Shaw, with choreography by Adam Cooper, musical supervision by Iain Vince Gate, musical direction by Andrew Hilton and casting by Anne Vosser.
The performance will benefit the Pure Theatre Development Fund, which has been set up with the aim of funding the development of new writing in musicals and straight theatre. The fund will facilitate workshops and readings of new writing and will be launched in conjunction with this production.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5151, or visit www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk for more details.
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