'The Who' (Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Roger Daltry) performed TOMMY non-stop for almost two years at various locations including two performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in June of 1970. The earliest known performance was at the Philmore East, Off-Broadway, in Nov 1969. It also became a successful ballet and any number of different successful theatre pieces prior to being filmed in 1975. The Broadway version was first produced at the LaJolla Playhouse, LaJolla CA, 1992. For this production, the name was changed to THE WHO'S TOMMY.
The musical opened at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California in July 1992.
The Broadway debut was at the St. James Theatre on 22 April 1993 and closed on 17 June 1995, after 899 performances and 27 previews. Directed by Des McAnuff with choreography by Wayne Cilento, the original cast included Michael Cerveris (Tommy), Marcia Mitzman (Mrs. Walker), Jonathan Dokuchitz (Captain Walker) and Cheryl Freeman (The Gypsy/Acid Queen) plus an ensemble that included Alice Ripley, Christian Hoff, Norm Lewis, Paul Kandel, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Michael Gardner and Sherie Rene Scott. The play subsequently was produced by various touring companies throughout North America and Europe.
An original cast recording was produced by RCA Victor and released on 13 July 1993.
A Canadian Production opened at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto on 1 March 1995, and played throughout the year. The production featured an entirely Canadian cast, and the lead character of Tommy was played by Tyley Ross. Once the Toronto run ended, the production went on a Cross-Canada tour.
A revival ran in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 5 March 1996 until 8 February 1997, featuring Paul Keating (Tommy) and Kim Wilde (Mrs. Walker).
A European tour of Tommy opened on 26 January 2005 at the Chasse Theatre in Breda, The Netherlands. The opening was set to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original Tommy album by The Who.
A production at the Australian Institute of Music, featuring the Music Theatre and acting Students, opened in September 2007
The original Broadway cast performed a one night only reunion benefit concert at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City on 15 December 2008. Produced by The Path Fund/Rockers on Broadway, the concert was a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Broadway Dreams Foundation and the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation.
This musical inspired Data East's production of a pinball machine called The Who's Tommy Pinball Wizard, which used music from the original Broadway cast recording.
The original wardrobe is on display at the Costume World Broadway Collection in Pompano Beach, Florida.
"Overture" – Company
"Captain Walker" – Officers
"It's a Boy" – Nurses and Mrs. Walker
"We've Won" – Captain Walker and Allied Soldiers
"Twenty One" / "What About the Boy?" – Mrs. Walker and Boyfriend / Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker
"Amazing Journey" – Tommy
"Courtroom Scene" – Judge
"Sparks" – Instrumental
"Amazing Journey" (Reprise) – Tommy
"Christmas" / "See Me, Feel Me" – Captain Walker, Mrs. Walker, Minister, Minister's Wife and Ensemble / Tommy
"Do You Think It's Alright?" – Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker
"Fiddle About" (music and lyrics by John Entwistle) – Uncle Ernie and Ensemble
"See Me, Feel Me" (Reprise) – Tommy
"Cousin Kevin" (music and lyrics by John Entwistle) – Cousin Kevin and Ensemble
"Sensation" – Tommy and Ensemble
"Eyesight to the Blind" (lyrics by Sonny Boy Williamson II, music and additional lyrics by Pete Townshend) – Hawker, Harmonica Player and Ensemble
"The Acid Queen" – The Gypsy
"Pinball Wizard" – Local Lads, Cousin Kevin and Ensemble
"Underture (Entracte)" – Ensemble
"It's a Boy (Reprise)" / "There's a Doctor" – Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker
"Go to the Mirror!" / "Listening to You" – Specialist, Specialist's Assistant, Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker / Tommy, Tommy (Age 10) and Tommy (Age 4)
"Tommy, Can You Hear Me?" – Local Lads
"I Believe My Own Eyes" – Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker
"Smash the Mirror" – Mrs. Walker
"I'm Free" – Tommy
"Streets of London 1961–3 (Miracle Cure)" – News Vendor and Local Lads
"Sensation (Reprise)" – Tommy and Ensemble
"I'm Free" (Reprise) / "Pinball Wizard" (Reprise) – Tommy and Company
"Tommy's Holiday Camp" (music and lyrics credited to Keith Moon) – Uncle Ernie
"Sally Simpson" – Cousin Kevin, Security Guards, Sally Simpson, Mr. Simpson and Mrs. Simpson
"Welcome" – Tommy and Ensemble
"Sally Simpson's Question" – Sally Simpson, Tommy
"We're Not Gonna Take It" – Tommy and Ensemble
"See Me, Feel Me" (Final Reprise) / "Listening to You" (Reprise) – Tommy and Company
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