Aug
2
2021

A year after it was originally scheduled, Victorian Opera is finally set to present the Australian premiere of
five-time Tony Award-winning musical The Who’s Tommy.
Based on The Who’s legendary 1969 concept album Tommy, which sold over 20 million copies,
the rock musical is set to supercharge Melbourne’s Palais Theatre from 13 – 21 August.
In a role approved by The Who’s Pete Townshend himself, Victorian Opera welcomes back
rising star Mat Verevis (A Little Night Music, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Nine
Network’s The Voice) as Narrator / Tommy.
As Captain Walker, musical theatre icon Matt Hetherington (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Gypsy)
joins the cast and returns to the Australian stage after several years in the United States.
Hetherington stars alongside leading lady Amy Lehpamer (School of Rock, The Sound of Music)
as Mrs. Walker. The duo makes their Victorian Opera debut in the production.
Legendary performer Paul Capsis takes on the iconic role of The Gypsy (Acid Queen), with
Victorian Opera favourite Kanen Breen (Black Rider, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Uncle
Ernie and Vincent Hooper (The Rocky Horror Show) as Cousin Kevin.
The ensemble cast includes Zoe Coppinger, Mark Doggett, Darcey Eagle, Joshua Gordon, Matt
Hamilton, David Hammond, Savannah Lind, Anna Mallows, Joe Meldrum, Nicole Melloy, Adam
Noviello, John O’Hara, Matthew Predny, Dean Schulz, Darren Tyler, Stephanie Wall, Jun
Woodfield, Gary Yong, and Rose Shannon Duhigg as Sally Simpson.
Hamilton Binnie Garcia and Sebastian Sero share the role of four-year-old Tommy, while Elijah
Slavinskis and Will Wiseman alternate as ten-year-old Tommy.