For a 1994 production of the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” in the Pfiefer Theatre on Main Street, directors Michael Hake and Lynn Kurdziel-Formato put together an eclectic cast of rock musicians and musical theater pros. The result, as reviewer Anthony Chase wrote in his review, was “a rocking good show.”

For the first local production of the show in 20 years, MusicalFare Theatre has taken a similar approach. The cast of its production, which opened Wednesday and runs through March 30, features two members of Buffalo rock band the Albrights alongside a large cast of theater veterans. But Albrights members Brandon Barry and Joe Donohue III, who plays the title character, are no theater neophytes, each having performed capably in past MusicalFare shows.

The show, which tells the story of a traumatized boy turned neighborhood idol against a definitively ’60s backdrop, was adapted by Pete Townshend of the Who and Des McAnuff from the band’s 1969 double-album. McAnuff directed a revival of the show for the Stratford Festival in 2013.

MusicalFare patrons will also be able check out the theater’s recently completed expansion project – which includes a much larger lobby and new cabaret performance space – in advance of its official opening April 23.

Tickets to “The Who’s Tommy” are $40. Call 839-8540 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski