KEITH MOON: THE REAL ME, a one man original play about the legendary drummer for The Who. The World Premiere will take place in San Francisco at the Eureka Theatre in July 2013. Told from the voice of Keith Moon (played by actor/playwright Mick Berry), this homage incisively reveals his development as an adolescent musician and aspiring rock star, his rise to stardom with The Who, and his tragic downfall, while displaying his drumming genius, all for the audience's scrutiny and amazement.
Through this presentation, Keith Moon: The Real Me becomes a universal story with Faustian implications: Seduction into embracing a glorious and legendary identity at the expense of self-acceptance.
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.
ROBERT WEINAPPLE (Director) is a professional actor, director, teacher and musician who has performed at most of the Bay Area's major theatres, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, ACT, TheatreWorks, Aurora Theatre, and 42nd Street Moon. TV and film credits include the recent La Mission with Benjamin Bratt and guest starring roles on Nash Bridges and Trauma.In addition to directing Plain & Fancy and Pardon My English at 42nd Street Moon, directing credits include Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest at the SF Shakespeare Festival, Twelfth Night with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and more recently at Berkeley Opera, where he directed Donizetti's Elisir D'Amore to critical acclaim. A faculty member for 8 years with the SF Conservatory of Music, he currently heads the SF branch of Seydways Acting Studios.
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 concludes on July 8, 2013 in London
The play was work-shopped in August and September of 2012 at The Marsh in Berkeley, where it was warmly received by enthusiastic, near capacity, audiences. Since then, Mick Berry has aimed to 'fine tune' his play and take it from great to stupendous. We have a website: www.keithmoontherealme.com, and have a page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Keith-Moon-the-Real-Me CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO ON YOUTUBE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3zkiizpWLw. Mick was interviewed by Jesse Hamlin of the San Francisco Chronicle in August 2012. You can check it out through the following link: http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/ARTS-AND-ENDS-3755235.php.
Eureka Theater (View)
215 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111