British rock band The Who released the album "Tommy" just months before playing it at Woodstock in the summer of '69. Eventually "Tommy" was re-written and found its way to the Broadway stage. Soon it will be playing at The Playhouse.
“The Who’s 'Tommy' is a rock opera that chronicles the life of one person named Tommy," said actor Daniel Quintero, an 18 year old that looks young for his years.
"My role is Tommy as a ten year old," he said.
For The Playhouse production, Quintero said there are three people who play Tommy at three stages in life.
"Sister Act" has started its Majestic Theatre run, and one of its actors has a special San Antonio connection.
Surely you have seen the movie, but if you haven’t, Charles Barksdale details the plot.
“The story is exactly the same. It follows Doloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and hides out in a convent, and she freaks them out and they freak her out and, you know, they all love each other in the end," Barksdale said
This is the road version of the Broadway play and as Barksdale notes, its characters have remained largely intact.
The Woodlawn Theatre has debuted a production that brought with it many challenges. The show is "Tarzan," and as you’d expect, the set is crucial.
"We have a really beautiful, green, luscious jungle built right onto the stage, with two running waterfalls," said Greg Hinojosa, who is the show's director. It follows closely the Disney movie of the same name: Family shipwrecks on African coast, baby raised by apes.
In case you're not aware of the Magik Theatre, it's that big brick building by South Alamo, next to the old entrance to Hemisfair Park.
“The Magik Theatre is a place that produces live stage versions of children’s books, both classic and contemporary literature," said Marketing Director Aimee Stead. "We love to bring books to life on stage.”
Their new production is called "The Bootmaker and the Elves" and Stead tells us what it's about.
Opening at The Playhouse is a new production in which the open itself might seem a bit familiar: A woman in a restaurant -- and maybe this has happened to you -- someone’s phone keeps ringing and ringing.
“And she politely asks him to turn it off or answer it," said Andy Thornton, the director of "Dean Man's Cell Phone." But the guy in the restaurant doesn’t do it.
“So eventually she walks over to him and picks up his phone and she answers it,” Thornton said.
Classic Theatre is living up to its name by tackling another classic: "Private Lives," one of Broadway’s most revived and popular of plays. Classic as it is, it’s got an odd plot line.
"Elliot and Amanda have been married before, and they divorced," said Anna Gangai, who plays Amanda.
“Five years later they are each married to two different types of people," Gangai said. "And they are on their honeymoon night in adjoining rooms, unbeknownst to them, in the south of France. Comedy ensues, I’ll put it that way.”
A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.
Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.
The Overtime Theater has launched a new production with an odd story line. First, you should know what separates the Overtime from other theaters here in San Antonio.
“The Overtime Theater is devoted to completely original work," said Overtime’s Artistic Director Kyle Gillette. "And most of that original work emerges locally, so almost everything we do is either a world premiere or a new adaption. Sometimes things that are very innovative aren’t very accessible, but we really combine the two. So what we do is very fun work, but it also pushes the envelope.”