Saturday: Rock opera ‘Tommy’ comes to local stage for one-night only

Bridgeport Theatre Company (BTC) will present a concert version of the rock opera “Tommy” by The Who on Saturday April 5 at 8 p.m.

The one-night-only performance will include a live band, vocalists, light show, and video projections and will take place at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport.

Eli Newsom, BTC musical and artistic director, said the performance “will allow audiences to see company members show off their rock-and-roll chops. Seeing that ‘Tommy’ went on to become an award-winning Broadway musical, we thought it a perfect fit for our BTC Rocks format, which features on onstage band and a rock-concert style presentation.”

Seventeen performers from recent BTC productions will join a band on stage for the production.

‘Deaf, dumb and blind boy’

“Tommy,” based one the 1969 album by English rock band The Who, tells a story about a “deaf, dumb and blind boy” and features songs such as “Pinball Wizard” and “Acid Queen.”

In 1998, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value.” It has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

The rock opera was performed on Broadway from 1993 to 1995.

‘Tommy’ was also made into a separate 1975 film starring Elton John, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Jack Nicholson and other high-profile actors and musicians.

Getting tickets

Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Sodas and snacks will be available for purchase at the Downtown Cabaret, and people are encouraged to bring their own picnics for the cabaret-style seating.

Doors will open 45 minutes prior to showtime at the downtown Bridgeport venue, near the Route 8/25 connector and Interstate 95. To order tickets, go to or call 203-576-1636, Option 0.

Seventeen performers in the show

The performers in “Tommy” are:

Arielle Boutin

Marcelo Calderon

Charles Casimiro

Christopher Cavaliere

Emma Cenholt-Haulund

Joe Colavito

Ray Guier

Emma LaPlace

Rich Levitt

Gabe Nappi

Christy McIntosh

Eli Newsom

Maggie Pangrazio

Kevin Pelkey

Sean Reynolds

John Stegmaier

Garth West

The show follows the success of last season’s BTC one-night rock concert of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” another top-selling rock album.

Bridgeport Theatre Company is a nonprofit organization that was founded in May 2010 by a group of Connecticut-based performing artists. Learn more at,