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1997-02-15 – Arizona Republic

1997 02 15 Arizona_Republic_Sat__Feb_15__1997_

W rocker known for breaking
:guitais urged a college theater depart-
mgnt to “break a leg” with its produc-

n of The Who’ s 1969 rock opera,

ommy.

Patrick Spradlin who directed the

?*fintral Lakes C ollege show in Brain-

«Mimi, received a handwritten
note from Who guitarist Pete Town-
shend. ltread:

“Dear Patn'ck and your Tommy
company,

“I wish you the very best for your
opening on February 6th. l will be
with you in spirit and feel sure that
you will have a wonderful time with
this show -— I‘ve personally never had
a bad night with it! Break a leg!!”

Theater department secretary Re-
becca Souhrada prompted Town-
shend’s letter with one of her own, in
which she said how excited the cast
was about doing the show. Spradlin
said he shouted with joy when he read

the reply.

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