The Pinball Wizard is about to stage a comeback. The Who’s iconic rock musical, Tommy, comes to London’s Greenwich Theatre this July.
Almost 20 years after its last UK production, Tommy’s revival this summer marks the 40th Anniversary of the original film and the 50th anniversary of The Who.
Based on the best-selling 1969 double-album rock opera, which later became a film of the same title, Tommy is a musical about hope, healing, and the human spirit.
After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbours.
But as an adolescent, he is discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, a talent that breaks through his catatonia and puts him on the path to international super-stardom.
The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over adversity, has inspired audiences for more than 40 years.
The five-time Tony Award, four-time Drama Desk Award and three-time Olivier Award winning musical was translated to the stage by director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and The Who’s Pete Townshend into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.
This brand new production is its first UK revival in 19 years.