TV: Awakening 'The Who's Tommy' in LA: Webisode 1

By: May. 09, 2008
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Flicker House Productions will present a brand new take on the Broadway musical The Who's Tommy for a two-week run at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood beginning June 18, starring original cast member Alice Ripley, Wicked's Jenna Leigh Green, Nona Hendryx and Aleks Pevec as Tommy.

The Who's Tommy will introduce high definition 3-D Sound, presented by EXP3D, a new audio system that does for sound what 3-D and its lenses does for motion pictures. The sound will inhabit a fully dimensional space, inside and outside each guest's body.

"Each guest will have a headset to wear, the equivalent of movie 3-D glasses for this production," according to press notes. "Unlike conventional headphone experience, where the soundscape is a straight line between the wearer's ears, EXP3D sound gives the listener a fully dimensional room of sound with height, width, and depth."

Directed by Brian Michael Purcell, The Who's Tommy will feature music direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Denise Leitner and sound design by James Johnson. The production also stars Tom Schmid as Captain Walker and Hank Adams as Uncle Ernie.

BroadwayWorld's James Sims has been following the creative team and cast throughout the process of creating this revolutionary production of The Who's Tommy, and will feature a series of webisodes leading up to the June 18 opening. The first episode is titled "the concept."

The Who's Tommy will run through June 29 at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, located at 1615 Vine Street in Hollywood. Tickets are priced at $75 for orchestra seats and $50 for the balcony, and can be purchased by calling 323-230-9819 or online at For more information, visit And for more from James Sims visit


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