Andy Mientus to Lead THE WHO'S TOMMY in Denver
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced today full casting and creative for the Theater Company's Broadway star-studded production of The Who's Tommy, directed by Sam Buntrock (DCPA's Frankenstein, Broadway's 2008 revival of Sunday In The Park With George).
Based on The Who's iconic 1969 rock concept album, Tommy is an exhilarating musical about the challenges of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit. When young Tommy retreats into a world of darkness and silence after a deeply traumatic incident, he must navigate a harsh and unforgiving world with no hope of recovery. But when he discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he's swept up in the fame and fortune of his success. Tommy and his family give new voice to The Who's classic stadium rock as they navigate the troubles and joys of being alive.
The Who are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, and together with La Jolla Playhouse's then-Artistic Director Des McAnuff, they wrote the Tony Award-winning Tommy. Director Sam Buntrock has been nominated for Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk awards for his innovative work in theatre, film and animation.
The Denver production of The Who's Tommy will star Andy Mientus (Broadway's Les Misérables, Spring Awakening, NBC's "Smash") in the title role and feature Joe Beauregard (Kinky Boots first national tour) as Ensemble, Charl Brown (Broadway's Motown The Musical) as Captain Walker, Katie Drinkard (DCPA's The Wild Party) as Swing, Carson Elrod (Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher, Noise's Off) as Uncle Ernie, Lulu Fall (Broadway's Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Hair) as Acid Queen/Ensemble, David Hess (Broadway's Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd) as Minister/Specialist/Judge/Ensemble, Sara Kapner (Broadway's Hollywood Arms) as Sally Simpson/Ensemble, Gareth Keegan (CBS' Instinct) as Cousin Kevin/Lover, Charlie Korman (DCPA'sFrankenstein) as Young Cousin Kevin/Ensemble, Betsy Morgan (Broadway's The King and I) as Mrs. Walker, Corbin Payne (The Arvada Center's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) as Swing, Terance Reddick (Broadway's Les Miserables) as Ensemble, Tristan Champion Regini (DCPA's A Christmas Carol) as Youth Understudy, Timothy John Smith (NBC's "The Blacklist") as Hawker/Ensemble, Olivia Sullivent (DCPA's A Christmas Carol) as Ensemble, Erin Willis (Off-Center's The Wild Party) as Ensemble, and Owen Zitek (DCPA's A Christmas Carol) as Youth Tommy. The role of Young Tommy (age 4) will be shared by Samuel Bird and Radley Wright.
The production will include choreography by Katie Spelman (Oklahoma at Goodspeed Opera House), musical direction by Gregg Coffin (DCPA's Sweeney Todd) and designs by Jason Sherwood (Scenic Designer, Off-Center's The Wild Party), Kevin Copenhaver (Costume Designer, DCPA's Frankenstein), David Weiner (Lighting Designer, Stephen King's Misery on Broadway), Ken Travis (Sound Designer, Broadway's Aladdin), Alex Basco Koch (Projection Designer, Broadway's Irena's Vow), Telsey + Company / Rachel Hoffman, CSA and Rebecca Scholl, CSA, and Grady Soapes(Casting), Geoffrey Kent (Fight Direction, DCPA's This Is Modern Art), Kathryn G. Maes Ph.D (Vocal and Dialect Coaching, DCPA's The Secret Garden) and stage management by Kurt Van Raden(Stage Manager), Corin Ferris and Michael Morales (Assistant Stage Managers).
The Who's Tommy
Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Directed by Sam Buntrock
April 20 - May 27, 2018
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