Outré Theatre Company, in conjunction with Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, is proud to announce the second production of its fifth season, The Who’s Tommy by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Coming on the heels of the critical success of the production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, Tommy continues Outré’s dedication to thought-provoking artistic work.
The iconic and seminal rock opera, Tommy introduces us to a traumatized child, whose abuse, trials, triumph, and redemption is echoed in later stories of rock messiahs, from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus to Green Day’s St. Jimmy. The now-familiar chords of “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me Feel Me,” and the rest, frame the story of the most unlikely of heroes – the “deaf, dumb, and blind kid” who goes on to inspire thousands. Directed by Outré Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and music directed by virtuoso Caryl Fantel, the production features choreography by “Mi Sueno es Bailar” winner Melissa Pastrana and stars Mike Westrich as Tommy.
“Most of us are familiar with at least the bare-bones story of Tommy,” says Whitcomb. “But over the years many of us have forgotten the power of Tommy’s redemption. Here is a young man who experiences the absolute highest and lowest points that a human being can experience, and in the end, all he wants is to connect with another person. All he wants is for you to see him. This is something, I think, that so many of us can relate to on a personal, visceral level.”
In addition to Westrich, the production also features Clay Cartland (Captain Walker), Victoria Lauzun (Mrs. Walker), Ben Prayz (Uncle Eddie), Eytan Deray (Cousin Kevin), Sandi Stock (the Acid Queen), and Mallory Newbrough (Sally Simpson), along with the talents of Erica Dade, Kat Gold, Kimmi Johnson, Hugo Moreno, and Phillip Santiago.
The Who’s Tommy runs December 1 through December 18, 2016, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. All performances are at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton, Florida 33432, in the Royal Palm Plaza. Please be aware that parking can be difficult on Friday and Saturday evenings, and valet parking is available in front of the theatre.
For more information regarding this or any Outré production, please contact Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb at 954-300-2149 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.