The Who's TOMMY to Close Moonlight Stage's 33rd Summer Season, 9/18-10/5
Moonlight Stage Productions' 33rd summer season closes with the smash Broadway hit THE WHO's TOMMY, from September 18 to October 5, 2013, in a rare full production marking the 20th anniversary of the show's Broadway debut.
Single tickets are priced $15 to $50 and include price levels for student rush, military, senior, and family discounts. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com.
The outdoor Moonlight Amphitheatre will be rocking this production featuring some of The Who's best-known hits, including "See Me, Feel Me," "Pinball Wizard," "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?", and "I'm Free."
"The Who's TOMMY" is a rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's 1969 double album rock opera "Tommy," also by Pete Townshend, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in July 1992. After witnessing his father accidentally kill his mother's lover, the young boy Tommy is so traumatized that he loses his ability to speak and withdraws from the world. As life goes on in post-World War II England, Tommy is abused by sadistic relatives and neighbors. What saves his life is falling in love with pinball. He becomes such an expert at the game that he becomes an international superstar and a messianic figure to youth around the world.
Directed by Des McAnuff, TOMMY debuted on Broadway in April 1993 and was an immediate hit, playing for 900 performances and then being produced by various touring companies throughout North America and Europe.
Eddie Egan (Tommy) is a New Jersey native who now calls NYC home, and is making his Moonlight debut. He has performed the role of Gabe in the Southern California premiere of "Next to Normal" (McCoy-Rigby Productions/La Mirada), Skip in "Life Could Be A Dream" (American Heartland), Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (New Candlelight), and Henrik in "A Little Night Music" (White Plains PAC). Eddie has also toured as a vocalist with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, bringing the show to large arenas around the country.
Misty Cotton (Mrs. Walker) was most recently seen at Moonlight as Missy in "The Marvelous Wonderettes." She has performed on Broadway or in the national tours of "Miss Saigon" (Ellen), "Les Miserables" (Eponine), and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Narrator) opposite Donny Osmond. Some of her favorites roles and shows are Violet in "Side Show" (Los Angeles Premiere/Colony Theatre--Ovation, Garland, and Robby Awards); Petra in "A Little Night Music" (South Coast Rep--LADCC Award); Missy in "Winter Wonderettes;" Percy in "Spitfire Grill" (Laguna Playhouse); Cathy in "Last Five Years" (Pasadena Playhouse); Soubrette in "Sophisticated Ladies" (Best Supporting Actress Ovation Nomination); Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun" (South Bay CLO); Princess Leonide in "Triumph Of Love;" Fay in "Anyone Can Whistle;" Nancy in "Oliver!"; Marta in "Company;" "Macbeth" and "Johnny Guitar" (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Eve/Mama Noah in "Children Of Eden;" Lucy in "Jekyll and Hyde;" and Katy Lane in "Honky Tonk Laundry."
Jason W. Webb (Captain Walker) returns to Moonlight following performances in "South Pacific" (Luther Billis); "Fiddler on the Roof" (Perchik); and "Sweeney Todd" (Beadle Bamford). Other performances include "Crazy for You" (Bobby); "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (Adam); "1776" (Dickinson) at Glendale Centre; "Curtains" (Lt. Cioffi); "Evita" (Che) at Performance Riverside; "Man of La Mancha" (Padre); "1776" (Livingston) at Musical Theater West; "She Loves Me" (Georg) at CLO of South Bay Cities; and "Music Man" (Harold) and "Lucky Stiff" (Harry) at Candlelight Pavilion. He originated the role of Sam Harris in Richard Sherman's new musical, "PIZZAZZ!" He has performed on the international tours of "Evita" (McCoy/Rigby & Park Ave NYC) and BYU Young Ambassadors.
Mark Bartlett (Cousin Kevin) is a multi-faceted performing artist specializing in music, acting, and dance. In 2012, he received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre from California State University Fullerton. His Southern California regional credits include the recent Moonlight Stage production of "South Pacific" and LA Stage Alliance's Ovation Award-winning Chance Theater and OCPAC productions of "The Who's TOMMY" (as Tommy).
Paul Morgavo (Uncle Ernie) returns for his 20th Moonlight production. Last winter season he played the cross-dressing Leo Clark in "Leading Ladies" as well as hoodlum Eddie Brock in "Born Yesterday." A Southern California native, Paul has performed in venues all across the United States, Canada, and England, and has played many local theaters including The Old Globe, Starlight, North Coast Repertory Theatre, The Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Lyric Opera San Diego, and more. Other recent credits include Claudius in "Hamlet," Guildenstern in "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead," and Sir Galahad in "Spamalot."