Pete Townsend and Des McAnuff’s Grammy and Tony Award-winning rock opera, The Who’s Tommy
, tackles the serious and unpleasant themes of childhood trauma, molestation and autism. But life isn’t all bad for Tommy, who becomes an unexpected celebrity as a pinball wizard. Soaring triumphs and international fame follow, and the driving music cements it all together into a highly original, roller-coaster theatrical experience. “With a 12-member cast featuring some of the best vocal performers and actors in Houston and an awesome six-piece rock band, [the audience] will be immersed in a music experience,” says the show’s director, Michael Allen Taylor. The show features Michael Chiavone in the demanding role of Tommy — Chiavone says, “Not only is Tommy deaf, dumb and blind, but he has some of the most well-recognized and vocally demanding songs, such as “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “I’m a Sensation.”
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays evenings at 8 p.m.; 2 p.m. November 8 and November 16. Through November 22. Standing Room Only Productions at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 713-300-2358 or visit sro-productions.com. $32.50 to $37.50.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 16, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 30. Continues through Nov. 22, 2014