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Chance Theater's 'The Who's Tommy' to transfer to OCPAC

August 17, 2010 | 11:48 am

Tommy The tiny Chance Theater is easy to miss as you drive by its home on La Palma Avenue in Anaheim Hills. But as audiences and other performing arts groups know, the storefront-size company has a reputation for quality that makes it a big player in the local theater scene.

In February, the Chance's recent, well-received production of "The Who's Tommy" will transfer to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where it will play in Founders Hall as part of the Off Center Series. The musical is scheduled to run Feb.10-20.

A spokesman for OCPAC said that this is likely the first time that an Orange County theater group has restaged a production at the center.

OCPAC typically hosts touring Broadway shows and internationally renowned performing arts groups. It is also the home of the Pacific Symphony.

The Chance's production of "The Who's Tommy" received strong reviews when it opened in July. Directed by Oanh Nguyen, the musical featured a cast including Mark Bartlett, Seth Dusky, Cameron McIntyre, Brynne McNaminie, Wendia Ann Hammock and Kevin Cordova. The production closed on Aug. 15.

Earlier this year, the Chance received multiple Ovation nominations for its revival production of "Hair." 

-- David Ng and Mike Boehm

Photo: Mark Bartlett, standing, and Seth Dusky in a scene from "The Who's Tommy" at the Chance Theater. Credit: Doug Catiller / True Image Studio

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You can thank Joel Rosensweig for adapting and mounting the first production of 'Tommy' to the stage at USC in 1970 at Bovard auditorium. It was a co-production with the Drama dept. and the Music dept. It was a smash and even reps from the WHO attended the show.


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