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The reviews are in for The Who's Tommy at the Lyceum Stage, which began on July 16 and will run through August 14. The new production of the Tony Award-winning stage version of the classic rock album is a certified hit, signaling a possible new/second music career for show star B. Slade, who was formerly a gospel/hip-hop artist known as Tonéx,.

(NOTE: As of today, the Friday, August 5 performance of Tommy is sold out)

"...explodes off the Lyceum Stage, at points leaving the audience in a state of awe." (SanDiego.com)

"The Who themselves never rocked quite this well, and [they] now must face being upstaged by a cast of performers who weren't even born the last time the band staged their entire so-called 'rock opera.'" (MidnightHour)

And of course the only review that really matters, courtesy of the Reader's own Jeff Smith: "The Rep’s staging is rambunctious, cocky, and kick-ass. The tone’s much closer to the original 1969 double album than the playhouse version. It’s got more snarl (Pete Townshend always looked like he didn’t like your looks)."

Image The intergenerational hit opened the San Diego Rep’s 36th season, their second co-production with the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). The singers, dancers and musicians from SCPA join a stellar cast of professional actors and singers, led by local two time Grammy-nominated singer B. Slade in the title role.

Several other locals are participating in a related event being staged for free in conjunction with the Tommy performances.

Sunday, August 7 @ 6pm (prior to the 7pm show)

The Legacy of Rock Movies

ImageImage The Who’s iconic rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia revolutionized the music film genre. San Diego music and movie experts D.A. Kolodenko and Beth Accomando break down the essential films that defined each generation of rock music, from A Hard Day’s Night to Hairspray. Accomando is the KPBS film critic and author of the blog Cinema Junkie. She’s also a regular contributor to Revolt in Style Magazine and About.com Hollywood Movies. Kolodenko is a contributor to The San Diego Reader and Moving Image, and has drummed with many San Diego bands, including the Tell-Tale Hearts, the Shambles,, and the Amandas.

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