The Cotuit Center for the Arts has suspended all its programming, including its performance of "The Who's Tommy," until further notice.
The Cotuit Center for the Arts will present “The Who’s Tommy,” with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, March 19 through April 5. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. The show is directed and designed by Tristan DiVincenzo with musical direction by Malcolm Granger.
Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, “The Who’s Tommy,” is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. The legend of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed, and puzzled audiences for more than 50 years and still resonates today.
Michael Cameron, who starred as the Balladeer in Eventide Theatre’s recent production of “Assassins,” plays Tommy in this high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event featuring such memorable songs as “Tommy Can You Hear Me,” “I’m Free,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “We’re Not Going to Take It/See Me, Feel Me.”
Captain Walker, a British army captain played by Beau Jackett, goes missing in action when his wife Nora, played by Rebecca Riley, is pregnant with Tommy. Years later Captain Walker returns and discovers that Nora has a new lover. The two men fight and Captain Walker accidentally kills his wife’s lover while 4-year-old Tommy watches, subsequently becoming deaf, dumb and blind to the world.
Ten-year-old Tommy is neglected by his parents and suffers neglect at the hands of his sadistic relatives and others, ultimately discovering he has an uncanny knack for playing pinball and becoming an international pinball wizard.
The cast includes Keirnon McDermott, Cleo Zani, Liz Solomon, Lily Anderson, Tallulah Bossi, Shelby Locascio. Teagan Lebedevitch, Juliet Seeley, Lily Anderson, Jon Cornet, Christopher Edwards, Treather Gassmann, Mike Good, Joe Hackler, Ken Holland, Eric Johnson, Haley Kelsey, Jane Loutzenhiser, Christopher Luz Roque, Connor McInerney, Sam Sewell, Laura Shea, Amanda Wing and Diana Young.
The band is reassembled from last year’s Queen tribute “We Are The Champions.” The featured players include drummer Michael Dunford; Misao Koyama on keyboards; Jim Peterson on bass, and guitarist Gregg Sullivan.
The Who’s breakthrough album “Tommy” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 for its “historic, artistic, and significant value.”
Tickets are $38, $33 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors and veterans. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. Tickets can be purchased at www.artsonthecape.org or by calling 508-428-0669.