Following a critically acclaimed run in New Orleans, Keith Moon: The Real Me continues its four-week engagement at the Hudson Theatre Mainstage in Hollywood through Sunday, April 15. Written and performed by Mick Berry with songs by Pete Townshend, the show is directed by Nancy Carlin, and the music director is Frank Simes. Check out YouTube for some drumming that will blow you away: https://youtu.be/QO3dMsL3vFM. If you love The Who and Keith Moon, this looks like a show you’ve got to see.
Keith Moon: The Real Me explodes on the stage with the turmoil and excitement of the wildest drummer in rock and roll history. A living legend during his lifetime, Moon still stands as the pinnacle of rock-star extremism — both in life and in music. The show explores Moon’s state of mind as he attempts to save himself from the unbearable burden of living up to (or down to) his self-created legend of “Moon the Loon.” As Moon attempts to save himself, he takes the audience on a journey through his early struggles, joining The Who, and their rise as one of the world’s greatest rock bands. By the show’s end, the audience intimately knows the man behind the myth — his acute vulnerability and insecurity, and his struggle to escape the ever-looming rock and roll crash landing.
Said Patrick Thomas on Talkin’ Broadway, “Berry is a powerful, skilled drummer, and recreates (with almost perfect accuracy) Moon’s brilliant drumming … a touching if ultimately tragic story.” The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominated Keith Moon: The Real Me for its 42nd Annual Excellence in Solo Performance Award in 2017.
San Francisco resident Mick Berry has been cited by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “Local Phenom.” He has previously written and performed three critically acclaimed solo shows: What’s My Mantra?, Dad Fought Hitler, the Bottle & Me and Beats Working (A Young Man’s Showbiz Journey From Insecurity to Low Self Esteem). He has worked with SF, Marin and California Shakespeare, California Conservatory Theatre and San Francisco Mime Troupe. Berry is the author of three books, teaches drum lessons and is a drummer in several popular SF bands.
LOCATION: Hudson Theatre Mainstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. (on Theatre Row), Hollywood 90038
TICKETS: $25 in advance and $30 at the door
SCHEDULE: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. through April 15
NOTE: Contains explicit language and adult themes of drug use and sexuality.