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The Who’s Tommy to hit Gaiety stage

The stars of the DCU production of The Whos Tommy, from left, Marc McCabe OKelly, Kayleigh Parkinson, Julia Bratty, Louise Jones, David Dawson and Damien Kneale

The stars of the DCU production of The Whos Tommy, from left, Marc McCabe OKelly, Kayleigh Parkinson, Julia Bratty, Louise Jones, David Dawson and Damien Kneale

Rock musical The Who’s Tommy comes to the Gaiety Theatre stage at the end of this month.

A Douglas Choral Union (DCU) production, it is being staged from Friday, January 31 to Saturday, February 8, and stars a host of island talent.

The Who’s Tommy rock and roll musical is based on The Who’s double album Tommy. Released in 1969 Tommy, the album, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for ‘historical, artistic and significant value’. Translated to the stage in 1993, Tommy is now a unique theatrical experience – one that’s earned no less than five Tony awards and three Laurence Olivier awards.

Tommy is certainly one of the DCU society’s most ambitious productions to date and represents a rare chance for local audiences to catch a fully blown rock opera in the Isle the Man.

The show is packed with classic songs, such as Pinball Wizard.

With West End director and choreographer, Tara Wilkinson, again at the helm, ‘The Who’s Tommy guarantees the most electrifying evening of rock and roll to ever play at the Gaiety Theatre!’ said a spokesman.

Tackling the role of Pete Townshend’s eponymous hero is Liam Kaneen, who recently starred as Danny in Grease, as well as Gideon in DCU’s last production, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Playing his younger self will be four talented school children: Lewis Caine, Michael Diehl, Leo Dixon and Andrews Halstein.

The Who’s Tommy, however, is one of the greatest ensemble shows, and the DCU’s production boasts a mouth-watering line up of the island’s talents. Among the cast are Jonathan Sleight (Miss Saigon, Seven Brides) and Suzie Ingledew (Miss Saigon, King and I) who play Tommy’s parents, Mike Bonner (Evita, Cats) and David Dawson (Beauty and the Beast, Seven Brides) who play Uncle Ernie and Cousin Kevin respectively, and Kelly Wilson (Cats) who takes on the part of the Acid Queen, a role made most famous by Tina Turner.

The Who’s Tommy, sponsored by Dougherty Quinn, runs from January 31 to February 8, including a Sunday night performance. Tickets from the box office, call 600555, or online at www.villagaiety.com

 

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