Monday, 17 August 2015

Review: The Who's Tommy

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of The Who's Tommy.
I'd heard so much about The Who's Tommy so when it was announced that they were doing a revival I just had to go along. The cast were great, especially Ashley Birchall as Tommy, James Sinclair as Captain Walker, Miranda Wilford as Mrs. Walker, Giovanni Spano as Cousin Kevin and John Barr as Uncle Ernie. There were some strong triple-threats among the cast. This was a minimal production of The Who's Tommy, but the way they used the set and the props were very clever. The storyline for those who don't know The Who's Tommy is: After witnessing the murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbours. But as an adolescent, he is discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, a talent that breaks through his catatonia and puts him on the path to international superstardom. The story in act one is great, but act two just seems to have a bit of a weak storyline. I think act two needs to be cut by at least 20 minutes. I must admit I was getting a tad bored during act two but still loved act one. The choreography was very, very good so I must say well done to the choreographer Mark Smith because he has done an amazing job. I didn't actually know The Who's music before seeing the show, except 'Pinball Wizard', but after seeing the show I will be sure to look into The Who as I really loved their music. They had a live band onstage which I thought was good and at the end the guitarist had a guitar solo which was incredible. According to my Dad the song 'The Acid Queen' is supposed to be the highlight of the show, however I didn't feel Carly Burns, who was playing the role, didn't have the voice to play The Acid Queen. Even though the stage was quite small, I feel they could have had a few more props. A pinball machine is supposed to be one of the main points in the show, but this show didn't have a pinball machine. It kind of seems like doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without the Chocolate Factory. However, I feel the cast did exceptionally well with what they had so kudos to them!

The featured star of The Who's Tommy is, drum roll please… ASHLEY BIRCHALL!

Ashley was phenomenal in this role. His singing was extraordinary, his dancing was amazing, he was perfect for this role. If The Who's Tommy ever comes to the West End I hope Ashley will be playing the role.

Now for my final verdict on The Who's Tommy. I give The Who's Tommy… 

The Who's Tommy is only on for another six days so I recommend any fans of The Who to rush along and see this show before it closes.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

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