By Andrew Gans
29 Jul 2013
The 7:30 PM concert at the Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus Theater in Highland Hills, OH, features Nick Blaemire in the title role of the pinball wizard, with Michael Berry and Jodie Langel as Tommy's conflicted parents and Adrienne Warren as the Gypsy (the Acid Queen). These four guest artists are joined by a myriad of Cleveland-based performers.
When Sternfeld began preparing for his senior project, press notes state, "he knew exactly what he wanted to do: bring Broadway to Cleveland. And that’s exactly what he’s done. With the help of mentor, Sean Szaller (who also serves as the production’s musical director), Sternfeld set out to produce a 1-night only benefit performance of The Who’s Tommy which, coincidentally, was the first full blown musical he was in as a child. Miles was also very clear that he wanted all proceeds from this production to benefit Broadway Cares – and Joe Norton at BC/EFA was happy to jump on board to offer his support."
Rounding out the creative team are choreographer Martín Céspedes, lighting designer Benjamin Gantose and sound designer Carlton Guc.