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Rock opera to rock the Kweskin Theatre

By Curtain Call

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The Kweskin Theatre will be rocking when The Who's Tommy begins a three-week run on February 2 in The Kweskin Theatre, Stamford.

A smash-hit on both sides of the Atlantic, this powerful tale of a deaf, mute and blind pin-ball player who becomes an international messiah, now bursts on the stage in this multi-award winning adaptation of the original chart-topping rock album. Hit songs include "Pinball Wizard", "See Me, Touch Me". Peter Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in this local theatre.

"I'm thrilled to have this fabulous show as part of our season," said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director. "I saw the original Broadway production twice and was amazed at how well the album translated to the stage, so I'm really looking forward to letting area audiences enjoy the show as I did," he added. Ursone noted that Peter Green - a first-time Curtain Call director - has been working with the large cast since November and they are ready for an audience. "I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to listen to and gaze at this cast of performers. After two months of hard work, they’re ready for you to get the music, and the story," said Green.

"I've worked with Peter on several shows but never with him as a director, so I was very happy that he was available for this production," Ursone said. Green said, "As a director, there are two ideas in The Who’s Tommy that I find to be important. The first is the idea that extreme circumstances - sickness, for example - can be the springboard to a wealth of perspective and extraordinary insight. For Tommy, the years of sensory deprivation give him the opportunity to experience the second important idea - that our connection to other people is what matters most. He sings:
Listening to you, I get the music,
Gazing at you, I get the heat
Following you, I climb the mountain,
I get excitement at your feet.

Right behind you, I see the millions
On you, I see the glory
From you, I get opinion
From you, I get the story

The classic '60s rock opera was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard Des McAnuff into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event. The exhilarating score is timeless in its youthful appeal, giving the show a cross-generational appeal that has made it a smash-hit around the world. Tommy, which was first performed by The Who in 1969, was originally conceived by Townshend and Kit Lambert with contributions to the development by John Entwhistle, Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey.
Joining Green on the production team are Eric K. Johnston as music director, Emily Frangipane - choreographer, Peter Barbieri, Jr. - set design, Megan Latte - costume design. The cast of 30 includes: Joy Arzaga, Kyle Arzaga, Chris Balestriere, Jeff Bianco, Arielle Boutin, Lucas Cafaro, Sara DeFelice, Stephen Emerick, Scott Ferrara, Marie Fulda, Lauren Gulliver Travers, Bob Kline, Tessa Kurtz, Dena Langonigro, Anthony Malchar, Jenny Maso, Matthew McArthur, Michael McArthur, Betty McCready, Jourdan Miller, Karen Joyce, Savannah Miller, Jason Moon, Rob Nichols, Zully Ramos, Carol Rubin Shwidock, LaMarr Taylor, Dan Travers, Wil Trebing, Bill Warncke.

The Who's Tommy will play in The Kweskin Theatre from February 2 through 18, Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. Call the Box Office for tickets at 203-461-6358 x36, or go online to www.curtaincallinc.com. Prices for all performances are $32 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $16 for students and children. Group rates are also available upon request. Discounted passes offer great flexibility and significant savings.Thursday evenings: all seats $25. Following The Who's Tommy, will be: The Days of Wine and Roses, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The independents, The Man with the Glass Heart and Sweet Charity, as well as concerts and comedy nights.

More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-461-6358. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2016. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the 2016 ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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