Des McAnuff is a master of the musical spectacle, and Tommy proves his mastery once again. The show is a wow from beginning to end.
I was not convinced I wanted to see this show. I liked the music well enough, but it was not a favourite. I did not see the production in the 90’s, but I did make the mistake of watching the movie last fall, and it was truly awful!
But this production is spectacular from the first crashing note to the very end. The show has been updated to take advantage of the latest technology and the results are remarkable. In fact, the video and computer effects almost overwhelm the singing and dancing. But the cast is also very good, including Robert Markus as Tommy, Steve Ross as Uncle Ernie and Paul Nolan as Cousin Kevin.
The dancers are excellent, especially the men. I loved them in Fiddler and I loved them here too.
We have debated whether Aiden, age 6, would like this show and whether the content is appropriate for a six year old. We concluded that the content is inappropriate, but the spectacle is so overwhelming we think he will love the show and will be oblivious to the content. We will comment on that later in the season after he sees it.
Overall reaction to the show? I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who likes rock music and dancing.