That Deaf, Dumb and Blind Kid Sure Plays a Mean Pinball
The psychedelic musical whirlwind that is The Who's Tommy returns to the stage to bring the Kennedy Center's brand new 2018/19 Broadway Center Stage series to a rousing close in the spring of 2019. Based on the iconic rockers' 1969 concept album and written by guitar god Pete Townsend, the original cross-generational musical garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, during a 1993 Broadway run which bent genres and expanded minds for over 800 performances.
Townsend's swirling, kaleidoscopic score punctuates the fantastical tale of titular character Tommy, who descends into a catatonic state when he witnesses the murder of his mother's lover at the hands of his father. Despite being deaf, blind and dumb, Tommy discovers he has a prodigious talent for pinball, marking him for worldwide fame and glory. A surprising celebration of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, this classic production has earned its place in musical theatre history.