‘Tommy’ for the Green Day generation
Wed, Aug 3, 2011 (5:05 p.m.)
Catch Tommy every Tuesday in August at Ovation.
It’s electric, it’s anthemic and it’s rock ’n’ roll to its core. The Who’s Tommy contains some of rock’s best-known songs, and through the years it’s evolved from album to rock show to movie to Broadway musical. Now, Ragtag Entertainment is bringing the musical to Vegas as a “heightened rock show” at Ovation inside Green Valley Ranch.
“We’ve taken the trajectory of Tommy and we’ve made it a concert again,” director Troy Heard says. “We’ve stripped away the Broadway trappings, the ’40s time period, and we’ve made it a Tommy for the Green Day generation.”
- August 9, 16, 23 & 30, 8 p.m., $15
- Ovation at Green Valley Ranch
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In Heard’s staging it’s a rock show, with all the associated post-millenial trappings and spectacle, including integrated video and an emphasis on the performance of the song cycle. Musical director Roger Butterley understudied in the pit for Tommy on Broadway, and has put together a band to “amp the rock vibe.”
Musical theater purists needn’t feel left out. “There’s still the story, there’s still the arc,” Heard says—even if they’re making it more about the visceral emotions in the music. “This is a rock show for musical theater fans, and vice versa.”
Channel your inner rock star and check out Ovation Lounge, a concert venue at Green Valley Ranch. Some of the regular bands include Yellow Brick Road, the Lon Bronson All-Star Band and Steel Panther. Bottle service and VIP seating are available. Must be 21.
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Green Valley Ranch
The Mediterranean-themed Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Henderson is a luxurious getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Strip. The resort’s spa, health club and pools offer visitors pampering, while providing a family-friendly environment off the Strip.
The resort has won the AAA prestigious Four Diamond Award. Hotel rooms feature down pillows and comforters, white marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the surrounding mountains. It continues through the rest of the property with a faux beach, poolside cabanas and an indulgent spa.
Guests can enjoy almost anything and everything in dining at Green Valley; from the fine dining of Hank's Fine Steaks & Martinis to the comfort food of the The Grand Cafe. The Feast Around the World Buffet offers all-you-can-eat tastes from around the globe with six live-action cooking stations while Terra Verde serves up a taste of Italy.
The resort includes over 450 guest rooms and more than 80 luxury suites. The casino offers 55 table games, more than 2,200 slot and video poker machines and a 22-table poker room, plus a race and sports book that seats 220, including a VIP seating section.
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway