Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tommy Rocked Our World

Unfortunately we are really behind in terms of our theatre attendance this year, but last Thursday night we started our season off with a bang. The very first note of this years production of Tommy makes the entire audience levitate out of their seats and from that point on you spend the rest of the first act on the edge of your seat trying to take it all in. If you liked Des McAnuff's "Jesus Christ Superstar" two years ago this production is that one time ten. The opening segment of the production is a master class on prologue. They manage to tell you the entire back story in a matter of moments without any dialogue. BRILLIANT! For us there were several standout performances. In his Stratford debut Robert Markus plays a stunning Tommy and he is sure to make a lot of young ladies swoon. Kira Guloien brings a an element of warmth and understanding to the role of Mrs. Walker. Jewelle Blackman is hot, hot, hot. Steve Ross plays the icky uncle very well, and finally welcome back Mr Paul Nolan it is great to see you back in Stratford. Nolans role in this production is the polar opposite of his role as Jesus but he plays it with total conviction and that is one of the many reasons why we love him. Some criticisms we have heard is that once again like J.C.S. it was too loud, we never thought that at all, it might have something to do with where you sit so choose your seats wisely. Besides you are going to see a Rock Opera by the Who you should be expecting loud. Also some patrons say the video wall is too distracting. We felt that it was a great modern update to the production. It is as if the video scenery is another dimensional layer to the production and I saw it as the back up ensemble to the entire show at times quite literally. So needless to say get your tickets soon because this one is going to be a hit people. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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