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is the grass any bluer...
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Hawker: Tom Phillips Is Back!

Before he charms audiences at the Arboretum as Mr. Darcy in July, Tom Phillips has a role to fill for Actors Guild of Lexington.  He will perform as The Hawker this weekend in Tommy: The Concert, which opens Thursday at Buster's and if Monday night's rehearsal is any indication, he will sing, dance and make heads turn when he mixes it up with the likes of Tim X. Davis, with whom he worked as two of the Three Musketeers and who played his Schoolyard Willie-esque nemesis when Phillips appeared as Robin Hood for Shakespeare in the Park several years ago.

[Note: Behind every player in Tommy: The Concert there is a cool story ... so please do check back and see what else I discovered when I dropped in on rehearsals for this musical extravaganza that opens this week at Buster's. Of course, all photos are courtesy of Tommy Eisenhauer, who absolutely is the best friend a writer (and the Arts community) could ever have! kjt]

Phillips tells me that rehearsals for SummerFest's Pride and Prejudice begin on Monday, just a day after Tommy's matinee finale.  Phillips is perfect for any role having anything to do with rock: he can sing harmony or solo, plays a mean guitar, and is one of Lexington's favorite leading men.  (He's also a pretty decent piano player, but don't tell him I said that. He's a humble lad, you know :)

AGL's Acting Artistic Director Eric Seale has assembled quite the troupe of actor/musicians for this panoply, and the addition of Phillips to the cast just serves to enhance the quality of the effort. 

When Tom Eisenhauer and I arrived at rehearsal Monday night, Phillips was seriously joking around with Luke Baldridge (Cousin Kevin), but it was apparent he was focused on the task at hand, knew his lyrics (and everyone else's) and was ready to rock.  With Tom's keen entertainment sense, he is certain to be a comforting presence for all concerned with this ambitious presentation of the Who's iconic rock opera. 

Soo...below are the particulars...I hope you call and reserve your tickets today -- and oh, oh OH!  -- don't forget, Sunday afternoon's performance will be appropriate for ALL ages, so bring the kiddos to the matinee, sit back and enjoy Tommy: The Concert.   Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear (yeah, and feel :) the sights and sounds of this classic work in a concert setting that the Buster's venue provides.

This "singers' concert," produced in collaboration with the Johnson Brothers Band, Lexington's one and only "rock n' roll repertory orchestra," promises to be a one-of-a-kind theatrical extravaganza. See The Who's iconic double album brought to the stage by a talented cast of Lexington stage veterans at Buster's Billiards and Backroom June 3 & 4 (18+) at 8 p.m., & 6th (all ages) at 2 p.m.

"Come on the amazing journey, and learn all you should know!"

$20 for Adults

$18 for Seniors (65+)
$15 for Students (with valid student ID)

Featuring: ADAM FISTER,

Sponsored in part by: Buster's Billiards & Backroom,
Post Time Video, and
Signs Now

Do you want to be a pinball wizard?
Go to Actors Guild of Lexington for more show information and to purchase tickets!

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