The Who's Tommy is a unique rock musical featuring the music of The Who. Following the unlikely story of a blind, deaf, and dumb "Pinball Wizard," it chronicles a journey of pain, healing, and fame. Grab your The Who's Tommy tickets now and rock out!
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The Who's Tommy is a stage musical based on the 1969 rock opera of the same name. It has music and lyrics by The Who's Pete Townshend and a book by Townshend and Des McAnuff, with additional material by Sonny Boy Williamson and The Who's John Entwistle and Keith Moon. The show follows a young boy who is stricken blind, deaf, and dumb, becomes famously virtuosic on the pinball machine, is miraculously cured, and achieves great fame. Some of the show's greatest songs include "Amazing Journey," "The Acid Queen," "See Me, Feel Me," "I'm Free," and "Pinball Wizard."
After an out-of-town tryout at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, The Who's Tommy opened at Broadway's St. James Theatre on April 22, 1993 and ran for 899 regular performances. The original cast featured Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Evita) as Tommy and an ensemble of up-and-coming Broadway stars including Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show), Norm Lewis (Les Miserables, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), and Sherie Rene Scott (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Little Mermaid). There have been numerous tours and international productions. Order The Who's Tommy tickets today and experience this edgy rock show live!
In 1940, in the environment of World War II London, Captain and Mrs. Walker meet and marry. Soon, however, Captain Walker parachutes into Germany and is taken as a prisoner of war. As the Captain's brother, Uncle Ernie, delivers a care package to a pregnant Mrs. Walker, they receive news that he is missing and presumed dead. After she gives birth to her son, Tommy, Mrs. Walker meets a new lover, and they eventually discuss marriage. When Tommy is 4 years old, Captain Walker returns home after his POW camp is liberated by American soldiers. When he sees Mrs. Walker and her new lover embrace, he shoots and kills the man. Though she is happy to see her husband again, she worries what the traumatic incident may have done to Tommy. As the police arrive to investigate, Tommy sees in the mirror his older self, who narrates the story of Tommy's life.
Captain Walker is acquitted for the murder of Mrs. Walker's lover, but they soon realize that Tommy has been struck deaf, dumb, and blind. When he is ten, Tommy's family celebrates Christmas, though they doubt he knows what is going on. To their amazement, he responds when Uncle Ernie plays the French Horn. One day, they leave Tommy to stay with Uncle Ernie, but he molests him. Then, Tommy is left with his sadistic Cousin Kevin, who abuses him constantly. To everyone's surprise, though, Tommy discovers a pinball machine and is immediately proficient at it. Tommy's parents try to heal Tommy with the help of a psychiatrist, two shady figures called The Hawker and The Harmonica Player, and even a prostitute called The Gypsy, who introduces him to sex and drugs. Though nothing seems to be able to cure him, Tommy soon becomes famous for his pinball skills.
By the time Tommy is 20, his father and mother decide to try again to cure him. But the specialists discover that Tommy's senses do indeed work; he is simply not processing what he sees and hears. As his parents are reaching their wits' ends, his mother tries to reach him one last time. In a desperate rage, she shatters the mirror he has gazed into for years, causing him to abruptly become fully conscious. Over the next few years, Tommy's cure launches him into even bigger stardom. He makes appearances in increasingly larger venues, playing pinball in a helmet that temporarily blocks his senses. As he gains fame, his Uncle Ernie tries to make money selling Tommy memorabilia, and his fans become so impassioned that a young girl, Sally Simpson, nearly gets trampled at a party celebrating his new holiday camp.
As Tommy starts to get caught up in the hype of celebrity, he tries to connect with his fans, but he soon discovers that they are looking to him as a spiritual leader who they need to imitate. He insists that they should not try to become someone else because they have had all the gifts he lived without for so long. When they decide that he is not the hero they want, they turn on him, and it looks like he might revert to his pre-fame, handicapped state. Order you The Who's Tommy tickets today to follow his epic journey to the end.
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