Wanted: Pinball Wizards
All eyes will be on the silver ball in Thursday's (May 16) free
�Pinballapalooza� in Toronto. Organized by the Stratford Festival to herald
its new staging of �The Who�s Tommy,� the day-long event features an
attempt to set a Guinness World Record when 100 pinball machines are played
simultaneously at 12:40 p.m. Even if you�re not a pinball wizard, the 9
a.m.-6 p.m. celebration at First Canadian Place offers games, ticket deals
at a pop-up box office, and performances by �Tommy� cast members. The rock
opera about a boy who becomes a pinball wizard despite being blind, deaf
and unable to speak is the largest musical ever staged by the Festival.
Using 21st century technology to enhance the visual �bells and whistles,�
the production is led by Des McAnuff who co-created the rock opera with The
Who�s Pete Townshend and directed the Tony Award winning Broadway
production 20 years ago. The musical is part of the Festival�s 61st season
of diverse repertory presented on four stages in Stratford, a city 2 hours
west of Toronto. Visit www.
information on tickets and performances of �Tommy� and other plays and
musicals in the season that runs through Oct. 20. For information on May 16
event, visit www.
�Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you
didn�t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Discover.� � Mark Twain
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