I hate it when I am called on to name my “Best Picks” for the upcoming season because I don’t have ESP and because I often get excited over obscure shows that interest no one but me. But mostly importantly because more often than not what looks lit a sure-fire hit in April turns out to be a big disappointment in July, and usually for reasons it was impossible to anticipate.
But Tommy proves the exception to that rule. The minute I heard that the first BTF production at The Colonial Theatre would be The Who’s Tommy starring Randy Harrison I said “Wow!” What a cool, bold choice of show! What a great way to build on the relationship that has developed between Harrison and the BTF. What a fabulous way to bring the theatrical riches – and potential – of this region to the attention of the movers and shakers of the theatre world.
Now that I have been there and seen that, I am happy to report that this production lived up to every bit of hype, hope, and expectation. It is daring, it is wonderfully entertaining, and it is thoroughly homegrown. It has the fingerprints of the BTF and Eric Hill all over it. This is not a bus-and-truck show hauled out to the sticks to amuse the locals, this is theatre by us, for us. This bodes very well indeed for the newly minted BTF/Colonial merger. More, more!