Keith Moon: The Real Me
Written and Performed by Mick Berry
Songs by Pete Townshend
Directed by Nancy Carlin
Music Directed by Frank Simes
"Berry brings Moon's artistry to life"
...Robert Hurwitt, Sasn Francisco Chronicle
"Berry really becomes Moon..."
...Tony Lacey-Thompson, Trivanna. com
..."have i got a show for you!"
..."Chad Jones, Theatre Dofs
"Entertaining and Sympathetic"
...Geoffrey Grier, SF Recovery Theater
"Keith Moon: The Real Me" explodes on the stage with the turmoil and excitement of the wildest drummer in rock and roll. A living legend during his short lifetime, Keith Moon still stands as the pinnacle of rock-star extremism both in life and music. The play explores the mind of Keith Moon, as he attempts to save himself from the unbearable burden of living up (or down) to his self-created legend of Moon the Loon'. As Keith attempts to save himself, he takes the audience on a journey through his early struggles, his joining The Who, and their rise as one of the worlds greatest rock bands. By the shows 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.
Writer, actor, musician Mick Berry has been working on this project since an earlier version of the production played The Eureka (now The Gateway Theatre) in 2013. Believing there was yet more of Moons life that demanded deeper, and more personal, volatile and intimate exploration, Berry's newest incarnation, in collaboration with director Carlin, offers audiences an immediate experience into the mind of Keith Moon as he struggles with his demons, shares his ideas on creativity and genius, while desperately trying to pull himself out of his self-induced downfall. The results are comic, shocking, terrifying, and universal.
Mick Berry assumes the role of Moon and various characters that played an integral role in Moon's life (Pete Townshend, Roger Daltry, the late Oliver Reed and over half a dozen more ) with intelligence, affection and empathy. Mick demonstrates his great skill as a drummer, playing 10 of the greatest hits memorialized by The Who.
MICK BERRY (Author/Performer) Cited by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "local phenom", Mick has written and performed three critically acclaimed one man shows, performed stand-up comedy, worked with SF Shakespeare, Marin Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, California Conservatory Theatre, and SF Mime Troupe. He is also co-author of three books (The most successful, The Drummer's Bible, selling over 20 thousand copies to date). He resides in San Francisco, and teaches private lessons to over 40 students each week, while drumming in five bands, including Who Too a tribute to the Who.
NANCY CARLIN (Director)In addition to Mick Berry's "Keith NMoon: The Real Me," Nancy is the director of solo performers Kylan Brody (Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood), Trevor Allen (Working for the Mouse), Roger Grunwald (The Obligation) and Arje Shaw (Magic Hands Freddy). Carlin is a director, actor, writer, longtime associate artist with California Shakespeare Theatre. Nancy is a member of PlayGround. SHe has performed and directed extensively in regional theaters, including A.C.T,, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theater Company, Shotgun Players, Center Rep, Marin Theatre Company,African American Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Jewel Theater and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. She co-authored the musical, "Max Underestood," which was developed at the O'Neill National Music Theatre Conference and the New York Musical Theater Festival and had its premiere in SF in 2015. Nancy co-produced the feature film, Haiku Tunnel and has appeared in a number of films. She is the recipient of numerous Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and DramaLogue awards for best Principle Performance, Best Supporting Performance, and Best Director. Carlin holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from A.C.T. She is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and Dramatists Guild.
FRANK SIMES (Musical Director) is the Musical Director for THE WHO and ROGER DALTREY and has recorded and performed with MICK JAGGER, STEVIE NICKS, MARTHA DAVIS (of The Motels) and with DON HENLEY - as a guitarist, and vocalist and, soon after, as a songwriter when Frank co-wrote Workin' It and Goodbye to a River. Simes was featured on the Inside Job DVD and continues to work with Henley today.
He has received awards for platinum records, as well as several nominations for Grammy awards.
Additionally, Frank has worked with ROD STEWART, DON FELDER, CHARLOTTE CHURCH, SYLVIE VARTAN, ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK, DAVID LEE ROTH, WARREN ZEVON and ROGER WATERS. He has played on Roger Daltrey's album Moonlighting and appeared in The Who's documentary Amazing Journey.
Since 1993, Frank has composed over 1,400 pieces of music for such companies as PARAMOUNT TV and LOS ANGELES POST MUSIC. He has also composed original guitar and piano pieces in the Modern, Baroque, and Romantic styles, some of which were recorded by the LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
Also a producer, Frank Simes is the recipient of nine platinum records with such artists as Don Henley, Rod Stewart, various soundtrack albums, three albums on Sony, Rod Stewart on As Time Goes By, the Great American Songbook, Volume II, Roger Daltrey's Moonlighting Anthology CD and DVD, and Daltrey's Gold CD, as well as on Engelbert Humperdinck's The Winding Road album and Greatest Hits and More. He has also recorded with ART GARFUNKEL on Some Enchanted Evening, Mylène Farmer on her Innamoramento album, and with Sylvie Vartan on her album Nouvelle Vague, and five albums for vocalist ANN LEWIS.
In addition, Frank Simes has composed and recorded a musical entitled The Door with partner LISA VERLO. Together they formed Soundlove Productions, collaborating on a children's CD, Turner's Treehouse, a treatment for a children's TV show, and several other show concepts.
Simes has toured as lead guitarist and musical director in Roger Daltrey's No Plan B band for the Use It or Lose It tour. Continuing as musical director and lead guitarist for Roger Daltrey, Frank has performed the rock opera Tommy, performing the legendary rock opera, The Who classics, and Roger's solo works.
On 18 July 2012, The Who announced Frank Simes as Musical Director and on keyboards/backing vocals for a 35-date to play their album Quadrophenia in its entirety.
The tour concluded on July 8, 2013 in London
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