Tommy at Cardiff Festival

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Wilkes to Star in The Who's Tommy at Cardiff Festival

By Andrew Gans
03 Feb 2005

Jonathan Wilkes, whose theatrical credits include U.K. productions of 
Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show and Grease, will star in the title role of 
The Who's Tommy at the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre.

A spokesperson for the Festival confirmed Wilkes' casting; no other casting 
has been announced. Tommy will play the Festival's New Theatre April 11-16. 
The Cardiff engagement is part of the upcoming U.K. tour of Tommy, which 
begins Feb. 16 at the Birmingham Hippodrome and continues through summer 
2005. In addition to his onstage credits, Wilkes is also known for his 
television work, which includes "The Match," "You've Been Framed" and "Love 
on a Saturday Night."

The Cardiff Festival will also present Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate March 
29-April 16. The production at the Wales Millennium Centre will feature 
Craig Urbani as Frederic, Julie Alanah Brighten as Lilli Vanessi, David 
Sellings as Bill Calhoun and Michelle Francis as Lois Lane.

Another highlight of the Festival is a concert version of Chess, scheduled 
for April 2 at St. David's Hall. No casting has been announced for the 
one-night-only presentation of the Benny Andersson-Bjorn Ulvaeus-Tim Rice 

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