Amidst a rainy Florida afternoon, people packed through the doors of the Lakeworth Playhouse in Lake Worth, Florida to enjoy an ingenious new performance of The Who’s “Tommy”.
The Lakeworth Playhouse, currently housed in what used to be the Oakley Theater, a vaudeville and silent film venue by brothers Lucien and Clarence Oakley in 1924, is currently one of the highest regarded cultural venues in the city of Lake Worth, Florida. The Playhouse closed its sixty-second season successfully, with a rather fresh rendition of Cabaret, directed by Clayton Phillips, and based on the 1972 film of the same name, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York.
To celebrate with a loud bang the start of its new season, the Playhouse brings to the public the rock opera Tommy. Tommy depicts the sorrowful story of a boy who witnesses his father’s brutal murder at the hands of his mother and her lover, and as consequence to witnessing such a brutal act, becomes deaf , blind, and mentally disabled. Adapted from the popular 1969 album by celebrated rock group The Who whose lead guitarist Pete Townshend, wrote most of the songs, many of which are effectively reenacted by the talented group of musicians and dancers that perform in the Playhouse’s adaptation. A film of the same name was also made in the year 1975, directed by famed British director Ken Russell (The Devils) , and counting within its credits stars like Ann-Margret, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, and Pete Townshend as himself.
Described as a “sensory-defying rock and roll experience”, Tommy is attracting crowds of young and old alike, proving that there is no limit to in regard to age or era when it comes to rock n’roll.