Tommy and the Acid Queen perform Monday for Denver Actors Fund

by John Moore | Mar 23, 2018
Tommy Denver Actors Fund Andy Mientus. Lulu Fall. Tommy Alamo


Denver Center stars Andy Mientus and Lulu Fall will sing from Tommy before screening The Who's 1975 source film

"See me. Feel me. Touch me. Heal me."

OK, so … no touching! But not only can you see Ken Russell’s cult-classic film adaptation of The Who’s seminal concept album “Tommy” this Monday night (March 26) at the Alamo Drafthouse, you can be healed by a live sneak peek at the DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming rock-tastic stage version. 

The live pre-screening entertainment will feature performances by Broadway stars Andy Mientus and Lulu Fall. Yes, that’s both Tommy and the Acid Queen, in the flesh. (And Roger Daltrey and Tina Turner in their celluloid skin.)

Mientus was featured on TV's Smash and The Flash and on Broadway played Hanschen in the Deaf West staging of Spring Awakening and Marius in Les Misérables. Fall appeared on Broadway in Hair and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. She also was featured in the Washington D.C. production of the groundbreaking musical Passing Strange, which just happens to be making its Denver-area premiere next month at the Aurora Fox.

Choose your seat for Monday night's Alamo screening

The event is part of The Denver Actors Fund's monthly film series at the Alamo Drafthouse located by Sloan’s Lake at 4255 W. Colfax Ave. The series features films that have a stage counterpart that is currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Each month, the rotating local theatre partner entertains the audience with a half hour of songs, trivia, conversation and ticket giveaways before the movie screening. The live entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the film starting at 7. The evening's host is Steven J. Burge, currently a featured performer in the Denver Center's First Date.

Tommy tells the story of a boy who retreats into a world of darkness and silence after witnessing a traumatic incident and emerges as a rock-star pinball wizard. The DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming big-buzz stage adaptation, directed by Sam Buntrock (Frankenstein), performs in the Stage Theatre from April 20 through May 27. TICKET INFO

The Denver Actors Fund receives 50 percent of Monday's ticket sales. The 4-year-old fund is a grassroots nonprofit that provides financial and situational relief when members of the Colorado theatre community are in situational medical need. To date, the Denver Actors Fund has distributed more than $214,000 in direct financial assistance and provided about 500 hours of volunteer service ranging from meals to transportation to housecleaning. MORE INFO

Choose your preferred seats now. Click on the "6:30" button to make your selection.

See the vintage Tommy trailer:


“In 1968, a revolutionary piece of entertainment was written and played for the first time. It was the creation of an extraordinary British composer, Peter Townshend. It was performed by an incredible music group called The Who. It was titled Tommy. The unusual theme of the story immediately captured the imagination of an entire generation …”

Note: The Alamo offers a full dinner menu and bar service. Children 6 and older are welcome with an adult.

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

Meet Lulu Fall:
Broadway: Hair, ensemble; Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, ensemble. National Tour: Hair, ensemble. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, ensemble; Pretty Filthy, Brown Sugar; Hadestown, Fate. Regional: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, ensemble (ART, Cambridge); August Rush, ensemble (Developmental Lab, NY); 15 Minutes, ensemble (Workshop, NYSAF); Annie Golden Bounty Hunter, Janessa (Workshop, NY); Smokey Joe’s Café, Brenda (Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany); Crowns, Swing (Arena Stage, Washington, DC); Passing Strange, ensemble (Studio Theatre, Washington, DC). TV: “Black Rest” (HBO). WEB SITE

Meet Andy Mientus:
Theater: Spring Awakening (Deaf West Theater, Broadway, Ovation Nomination for Featured Actor), Les Miserables (Broadway, Broadway.com Award for Breakthrough Performance), Wicked (National Tour), Spring Awakening (National Tour directed by Michael Mayer), Bent (Mark Taper Forum, Directed by Moises Kaufman). Television: "Gone" (NBC Universal), "Smash" (NBC), "The Flash" (CW), "Chasing Life" (ABC Family), "Anger Management" (FX). Writing: the musical Burn All Night (American Repertory Theater) and the Backstagers book series (Abrams/Amulet publishing).

Tommy: Film screening

  • Monday, March 26
  • Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave.
  • Live entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., with the film starting at 7
  • Choose your preferred seats now

The Who's Tommy at the DCPA: Ticket information

Tommy_show_thumbnail_160x160Based on The Who’s iconic 1969 rock concept album, Tommy is an exhilarating musical about the challenges of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit. When young Tommy retreats into a world of darkness and silence after a deeply traumatic incident, he must navigate a harsh and unforgiving world with no hope of recovery. But when he discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he’s swept up in the fame and fortune of his success. Tommy and his family give new voice to The Who’s classic stadium rock as they navigate the troubles and joys of being alive.
  • Presented by DCPA Theatre Company
  • Performances Apr 20-May 27
  • Jones Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
  • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Who's Tommy:


Video highlights of The Denver Actors Fund's monthly film series:

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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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