by Lenise Willis

Drifting out of many theatres this week are melodic notes from comedic musicals and a few plays that explore both the passion of music and a little music history. If music isn’t your thing, you can catch a simple comedy for the whole family.

Ongoing through Sunday, Open Space Café Theatre presents The Who’s Tommy, a rock musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on the Who’s 1969 double album rock opera, also composed in part by Pete Townshend.

Wednesday through Sunday at Broach Theatre, Fly-by-night Theatre presents Tommy Trull and Chris Tilley’s new comedic musical Silent Pictures, which uses multi-media to tell the story of a passionate and pained silent-film star.

Thursday, Paper Lantern Theatre Company presents Souvenir by Stephen Temperley in Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. The fictional “biography” follows the hazy and well-disputed “true” story of Florence Jenkins, a wealthy eccentric who, despite not being able to put two notes together, holds annual recitals and earns great fame. Souvenir tells her story through the eyes of her talented accompanist who gradually sees her as more than just a paycheck. Play runs through July 24. (See article to left).

Also on Thursday, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and folk-rock musician Peter Case visits Triad Stage as part of Eastern Music Festival-fringe. Former member of the ’80s punk band the Plimsouls, Case has been performing and recording solo since 1986.

Friday until July 24, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Beauty and the Beast, Jr. at Page High School. The musical is part of CTG’s summer partnership with Guilford County Public Schools, “Stages for Learning.”

Friday through Sunday and July 21-24 City Arts Drama’s Livestock Players, Greensboro Children’s Theatre and 3 rd Stage Theatre Co. present The King and I at Weaver Academy.

Saturday is the last show of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Peppercorn Theatre Company, a children’s theatre created by and comprised of UNCSA students. Performances are free with admission to the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St.