Scene News: THE WHO’S TOMMY Premieres 22nd February at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne

Victorian Opera is finally set to stage the Australian premiere of The Who’s Tommy from 22 February – 1 March 2022 at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda.

Based on The Who’s legendary 1969 concept album Tommy, which sold over 20 million copies, the rock musical is set to supercharge Melbourne’s Palais Theatre.

In a role approved by The Who’s Pete Townshend himself, Victorian Opera welcomes back rising star Mat Verevis (A Little Night Music, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Nine Network’s The Voice) as Narrator / Tommy. He’s joined by stage stars Mat Hetherington (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, The Voice) as Captain Walker and Amy Lehpamer (School of Rock, The Sound of Music) as Mrs. Walker.

Legendary performer Paul Capsis takes on the iconic role of The Gypsy (Acid Queen), with Victorian Opera regular Kanen Breen (Black Rider, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Uncle Ernie and Vincent Hooper (The Rocky Horror Show) as Cousin Kevin.

The ensemble cast includes Darcey Eagle, Joshua Gordon, David Hammond, Shaelyn Hughes, Jane Kingsford, Savannah Lind, Anna Mallows, Adam Noviello, John Reed, Jack Saunders, Dean Schulz, Darren Tyler, Stephanie Wall and Jun Woodfield.

Acclaimed director Roger Hodgman (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) is at the helm alongside musical director Laura Tipoki (School of Rock), choreographer Dana Jolly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), set designer Christina Smith (The Boy from Oz), costume designer Isaac Lummis (Ragtime), lighting designer Matt Scott (Anything Goes), and sound designer Peter Grubb (Matilda the Musical).

With music and lyrics by The Who’s guitarist and vocalist Pete Townshend, the electrifying and timeless score features smash hits such as ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’ and ‘Acid Queen’.

Tommy’s traumatic childhood leaves his senses paralysed but somehow gives him a bewildering skill at pinball. His extraordinary talent catapults him to international superstardom in this inspiring story of hope, healing, and triumph over adversity.

The Who’s Tommy will return to Broadway in 2021 with a new production directed by Des McAnuff, co-writer of the musical’s book and director of the original five-time Tony Award winning production, which premiered on Broadway in 1993.

Tickets are available via victorianopera.com.au or 136 100 with prices starting at $39.

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