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The Who's Tommy

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April 25 - 28, 2019

Swaggering and lurching across the stage with an anarchic glee, the Who's rock musical, first released as a concept album in 1969 and initially staged a decade later, has new life breathed into it

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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.

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Opening night: 25 April 2019

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