Last night's opening show of Tommy: The Concert is just the booster shot that Actors Guild of Lexington needed. Director Eric Seale's hard work paid off as the smiling and receptive crowd stood and applauded during the surprise encore by Adam Fister (Tommy), Tom Phillips (The Hawker) and Tim Davis (Captain Walker).
Much more than a cover band, the Johnson Brothers unerringly recreated the songs of The Who's classic rock opera, and accompanied the troupe of performers with the professionalism for which they are well known.
Jim Gleason and his magic modeling guitar led the musicians through the journey that began with the Tommy overture, and kept the audience spellbound as the night progressed. Gleason's meticulous musical direction was evident as each player gave their role a special brilliance. It's much easier to be onstage and perform when the accompaniment doesn't just back you up, but puts forth a generous effort and stays true to the score.
Tommy: The Concert is one of the best concerts I have ever had the pleasure to witness.
There are two more scheduled performances this weekend. If you never had the opportunity to see The Who perform, and if you want to show your kids how rock used to be, back in the good ol' days, get down to Buster's for Sunday's matinee.
If you're looking for something ridiculously fun to do tonight - well, there's just no other choice. You won't regret being a part of the spectacle that is Tommy: The Concert!