I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve always loved the music of The Who and Tommy has always been one of my favorites. The album is great, the movie is weird and fun, and I was excited to see what the stage production would be like.
It was a long day of putting together and performing a radio show and doing a show write-up and doing the radio show write-up. Around 6 I drove to Shelburne, picked up my brother Ken and headed back to Burlington.
We got into the Flynn and settled and did not have to wait for long until it was showtime. The band were at the back of the stage and were playing live, even if curtains were lowered to hide them and put the focus on the play. There was very little dialog, most of the story was told through the songs and the props and background visuals. The story moved quickly and was easy to follow. There were a couple of new songs that helped the story flow on stage. The ending was slightly different but ultimately satisfying. The band sounded great and there was some nice distorted guitar work that gave the show some muscle. I’m so proud of Lyric Theater. They made the whole show come alive and the vibe in the room was all about excitement. The audience stayed mostly tame, but you could feel the energy. People were really getting into it when they closed the first act with Pinball Wizard. By the end of the final act, when the full cast was on stage singing
“Listening to you I get the music
Gazing at you I get the heat
Following you I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet”
one person started clapping along and that unleashed a wave of energy. Most of us joined in until the music mellowed out into the close of the show.
It was a fun night and a great show and I’m so glad I got to go with my brother.