October 20, 2020

1996-04-18 – Reno Gazette Journal

1996 04 18 Reno_Gazette_Journal_Thu__Apr_18__1996_

Pioneer Center brings rock

opera ‘Tommy’

Tickets are on sale for The Who’s
“Tommy." the national tour ol‘the
classic rock opera. which will play at
Pioneer Center for the Performing
Arts June 28-30. “Tommy.” with
music and lyrics by Pete Townshend.
and directed by Tony Award-winning
director Des MCAnul‘l'. has been
hailed by Variety as a “theatrical phe-
nomenon."

The show, which opened on
Broadway on April 22, 1994, received
critical acclaim. “ ‘Tommy’ is not
only the real rock musical Broadway
has so long pined for, but the stun-
ning surprise that has brought this
Broadway season to life,” heralded
Frank Rick, The New York Times.
“Brilliant. bloody brilliant!” raved
Clive Barnes, New York Post. Jeremy
Gerard ol‘ Variety enthused, “Seeing
— not to mention hearing, feeling
and touching — is believing:
"l‘ommy’ is the best rock ’n‘ roll show
ever produced on Broadway." "
‘Tommy’ stimulates senses you didn‘t
know you had,“ cheered David
Patrick Stearns, U SA Today.

The Who first gave voice to
“Tommy” in I969 with its landmark
concept album of the “rock opera."
The amazing musical journey has
since rocked across generations and
around the world. The story. told by a

succession of songs and instrumentals.

revolves around a boy struck deaf.
dumb and blind after witnessing a
murder. lt centers on his extraordi-
nary journey to recovery.

“Tommy” includes the classic
songs “See Me, Feel Me,” “The Acid
Queen,” “We’re Not Going to Take

to Reno

It“ and “Pinball Wizard." and fea-
tures new songs by Townshend
including “I Believe My Own liyes.”

The show. which premiered at La
Jolla Playhouse in the summer ol‘
I992. broke all records for the theater
and played to standing-room-only
audiences throughout its 13 l/2-week
run.

Writer/eomposer/musician Pete
Townshend has been a member of
The Who since 1963. At least 20 of
his more than 300 recorded songs
have been chart hits and he has writ-
ten and composed several major col-
lections that have won international
recognition. Given the Ivor Novello
Award by his song-writer peers for
services to the British Music Industry
(1981). and the British Phonographic
Industry Award (1983). he was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1990. He has twiee been
nominated for (.irammys and received
an Academy Award nomination for
the film score of“Tommy." ln I991
he received the International Rock
Awards Life Achievement Award.

Tickets for the three performances
of “Tommy“ - June 28 and 29 at 8:00
pm. and June 30 at 7:30 pm. — are
$65, $50, $35 (plus a service charge)
and can be ordered by phone from the
Pioneer C enter 686-6600 or from
BASS at (800) 225-BASS. Tickets are
also available at the Pioneer Center
ticket office located at lOO S. Virginia
Street and at all BASS ticket outlets.
For groups of 20 or more contact
Pioneer Center at (702) 686-6610.

— Compiled by Reno Gazette—
Journal staff