Roger Daltrey's Lesser-Known Theatre Career

Roger Daltrey -- who turns 73 today -- is best known at the frontman for the iconic 60s rock band The Who. But he also has some serious chops as a thespian. Here are the highlights from his sporadic career as a stage actor. 

1. 'The Beggar's Opera'

More than a decade after singing on the landmark rock opera 'Tommy' (1969), Daltrey took on an older form of the musical by playing the highwayman Macheath in the BBC's 1983 production of John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera'. Since the play was written and set in 18th Century London, Daltrey had to put on some old school threads and tie back his trademark mane so that it would look like a contemporary wig.

2. 'The Comedy of Errors'

The following year, Daltrey played opposite himself in a BBC production of William Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors', which is kinda like the Elizabethan version of The Parent Trap (1961) except with syphilis jokes. Daltrey played identical twins who presumed one another dead after being separated at sea. Hijinks naturally ensue when other characters mistake each twin for the other.

3. 'The Little Match Girl'

This 1986 TV movie tried to turn Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Match Girl' into a hit musical the same way that Lionel Bart found success by adapting Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist into Oliver! Unfortunately, the film didn't leave audiences asking for more -- even though it starred Daltrey alongside the iconic 60s model Twiggy.

4. 'Mack the Knife'

in 1989, Daltrey had a small part as a street singer in Mack the Knife, which was an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's 'The Threepenny Opera' (1928), which was a modern adaptation of Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera.' And just to make things even more confusing, the 'Mack the Knife' producers set their adaptation in the Victorian London of Jack the Ripper.

5. 'The Wizard of Oz'

In 1995, Daltrey played the Tin Woodsman in 'The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True,' which also featured Jackson Browne as the Scarecrow, Nathan Lane as the Cowardly Lion, Natalie Cole as Glinda and Jewel as Dorothy.


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