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re: Tommy

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rockfenris2005 07:03 am MST 03/25/11
In reply to: Tommy - steven_stuart 06:19 pm MST 03/23/11



> > I've never heard it, no, but I hear that there was a new
> > song written for the score. I've heard the album and I've
> > seen the film. I think it's about time that I investigated
> > the musical. I know that it was produced over here a
> > couple years back.
>
> "Tommy" was a huge hit on Broadway and a fairly big hit in
> London. The director Des McAnuff was approached for "BOOH"
> but it didn't work out. Maybe because he was looking for
> another sung-through. Did Cameron Mackintosh produce the
> West End version?

I don't think so, no. But I might be mistaken.

Pete Townshend tried to follow it up
> with a musical called "The Iron Giant" which didn't really
> work as a stage piece but I think it was turned into a
> film.

I've heard of that film before, or I'm confusing it with something else. I've never heard of the musical.

He has just written a rock opera called "The Boy Who
> Heard Music". What kind of reviews did "Tommy" get in
> Australia?

I don't remember if it ever got a major production over here. The production I was referring to was a local one, and I didn't even know about it until months after. Which is a shame, as I could have discovered the stage show that way.

The critc from The Daily Express has just been
> to Australia to review some of the shows and he gave
> "Hairspray" a rave review. I think he was reviewing the
> Melbourne version.

"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert", which started in Australia, just opened on Broadway. I haven't seen any of the reviews yet. "Hairspray" is about to close in Melbourne, I think. "Mary Poppins" even got a cast recording. There wasn't even a Broadway cast recording.

"Rock of Ages" and "Love Never Dies" are the major new productions opening in Melbourne, and I'm debating over whether or not I should actually see "Love Never Dies", for historical purposes alone, and curiosity. There is a different director and designer.

"Doctor Zhivago" is playing in Sydney with Anthony Warlow and the music I heard from that (typical Lucy Simon) was just breathtaking. I WISH she was more prolific!



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