The Who’s iconic rock opera is a tribute to hope, healing, and the human spirit.
Entr’Acte Theatrix will follow up their extremely successful summer production of Monty Python’s Spamalot with The Who’s Tommy. The show will run from October 17th though October 27th at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts’ Crest Theatre at Old School Square.
Peter Townshend’s Tony Award-winning tale of a young boy – a ‘deaf, dumb and blind kid’ – who survives the painful traumas, abuses, and neglect of his childhood and reaches the heights of adoration as a cult figure through his talent as a ‘pinball wizard’ – is not a typical musical. Based upon the fourth album (released in 1969) by the famed British rock band The Who, this fast paced, ground-breaking rock opera is told almost completely musically – there is very little dialogue.
“I was kind of in another world during the era of Tommy,” says musical director Roger Blankenship. (The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 for “historical, artistic and significant value.”) “Listening to the music brings back some distant memories, and sounds that I am looking forward to recreating. It was a time of … dare I say….purer ? rock. A couple of years ago I did the show Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which has some of these similar tones, and it was a lot of fun. Kevin Black is a magician, and the performers of Entr’acte are energetic and hard working – this promises to be a great show.”
Director Kevin Black agrees: “The Who’s Tommy is an extremely exciting project to take on, for many reasons,” he says. “South Florida has not seen a large scale production of this show in many years and we plan to deliver just that. This multi-media rock opera was truly an original and is adored by its many fans. We want to keep the integrity of the production, as well as bring new life to this wonderfully scored piece of theatre. The heart of the story lies within a family struggling to hold it together in a time of war, angst, protest and the British revolution of music.”
Entr’Acte’s cast includes a number of new faces, including Alexa Baray, Cristina Flores, and Alexander Zenoz as Tommy. Returning to the company are Ashley Gravelin, Greg Halmos, Nick Williams, Cindy Thagard, Rio Petersen and twins Danica and Alexa Taylor.
Entr’acte Theatrix, is a not-for-profit, semi-professional, showcase company for young actors, providing performance opportunities for emerging theatre artists. An off-shoot of the Palm Beach Principal Players, an acting company for theater students of high school and college age, Entr’acte, as the name suggests, is the “next step,” from classroom to career, and provides the young actor his or her first professional, all-important, resume-building credit.
The Who’s Tommy will run from October 17th to October 27th only, at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. The theatre is located at 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444. Tickets are on sale now, and are available by calling 561-243-7922. Tickets are $20; $15 for groups of 15 or more with the 16th ticket free; and $10 for children under 12; and are on sale now. $10 Student Rush tickets will be available ½ hour before curtain only, with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased on line at:
http://delraycenterforthearts.org or by phone at: 561-243-7922, ext. 1.
For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix or The Who’s Tommy visit www.entractetheatrix.org
The Who’s Tommy
Composer & Lyricist: Pete Townshend
Librettists: Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon
October 17 – 27
Groups of 15 or more: $15 (16th ticket is free)
Children 12 & Under: $10
Student Rush – ½ hour before curtain: $10 – with valid ID
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays – 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday – 2 p.m.
Delray Beach Center for the Arts / Crest Theatre
Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach 33444
Box Office: 561-243-7922, ext. 1
Direct link for on-line ticket purchase: