CHICAGO – One potential theater-goer loves the “The Book of Mormon.” The other would rather stay home and watch old Ethel Merman YouTube videos. Pride Films & Theater offers the ultimate solution by combining both in a campy musical, “The Book of Merman.” Yep, two Elder characters from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meets foghorn singer Ethel Merman.
Exclusive Portrait: The Who Rocker Pete Townshend in Chicago For New Book ‘Who I Am’
CHICAGO – The Windy City was rocking this week as the legendary band “The Who” had two shows on Thursday and Friday. While in town, the windmilling guitarist Pete Townshend stopped by at the Barnes & Noble Old Orchard in nearby Skokie to promote his new book, “Who Am I?”
The book is a memoir about the man in the center of the storm with The Who, an influential British band formed by Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon in 1964. Moon and Entwistle have since passed away, but frontmen Townshend and Daltrey keep the fire burning for the group, known for the songs “My Generation,’ ‘I Can See for Miles,” “Squeezebox” and “Who Are You,” as well as the rock operas “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.” The Who performed their hits and the entire “Quandrophenia” opera on November 29th and 30th at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.
Photographer Joe Arce got this Exclusive Portrait of Pete Townshend right before he met fans at the book signing of “Who I Am.”
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com