Sam Verlinden continues to please the audienceÂ with every performance as young 10 year old Tommy in the stage production of “Tommy the Musical”.Â The latest review written by: The New Zealand Performing Arts Review & Directory exclaimed, “Young Tommy is played beautifully by Sam Verlinden, and required to be completely unresponsive even when a balloon is popped in his face”.This blogger is not surprised by this kind of review about Sam, as I was certain that Sam would be a highlight in this production.
It also mentioned; “The orchestra is great, keeping good time and showcasing a variety of skills: one of the best things about this show”.
Sam enjoyed his birthday performance which was Thursday evening. The entire cast helped him celebrate with cake, refreshments and gifts.Â In addition Sam had two of his close matesÂ Luke (shown left) and Liam (shown in back) attend along with other family members and friends. This picture was taken outside the theater Thursday evening at intermission.
Sam has been entered into the WonderWorld TV Contest.
He has four entries that are currently running all of which should eventually be a winner. Sam won 1st place last month with his entry of “Who’s loven You” by Michael Jackson. This video can still capture votes as it is in the Golden Ribby Award category which gives Sam a chance at $10,000, and possibly a WonderWorld Entertainment contract!
When Sam Verlinden appeared on “The Crowd Goes Wild” sports show several months ago he clowned into the camera saying; “Whoo the Crowd goes wild!”
This time however it was Sam’s performance as young Tommy in “Tommy the Musical“ that the crowd went wild for.
“See me, feel me, heal me”, from the legendary band â€˜The Whoâ€™ is most likely the most memorable lyrics from this outrageously entertaining rock musical “TOMMY”.Â This presentation, by University of Auckland’s Stage Two and Theatre of Love productions is directed by James Wenley and played out onto the Musgrove stage. While no official review has been written for this production, inside reports claim Sam Verlinden (pictured right) to be extraordinary in his roll and performance.Â Sam’s ability to
portray young Tommy and of course his sensational singing makes Sam Verlinden a directors dream.
Playing the older Tommy (shown on left) is Paul Fagamalo.
A Little History
For those of you who may not know, the rock group, The Who, had been together for about 5 years by the time they came out with thier idea for “Tommy”. It was the very first rock opera and to this day still one of the best.
You can still purchase tickets for this production which is going on until Wednesday October 7th.