October 27, 2020

1993-04-22 – The Philadelphia Inquirer

1993 04 22 The_Philadelphia_Inquirer_Thu__Apr_22__1993_

Thursday, April 22‘ 199:;

See it, feel it, hear it

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EW YORK — From those first thunderous

chords. the Who’s Tommy has an exhilarating

familiarity, Guitars, bass, drums, keyboards,

signature French horn: “You know you‘re in

Tommy-lzmd," says Joseph Church, music di-
rector of the rock opera that opens on Broadway to-
night.

“The music is extremely carefully structured to be a
really amazing journey. to take the listener on a trip,"
Church explains.

Tommy’s amaz-
ing journey to

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1969 when British

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shend‘s band, the

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about a boy struck

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comes a pinball '

wizard (“sure plays has reworked hlS

a mean pinball")

and messiah ("see TOCk Opera) and

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phony Orchestra in
1972 (with special
guests such as Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart and Richie
Havens)‘ filmed by Ken Russell in an overwrought 1975
version (with star turns by Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner
and Ann-Mai'gret), Tommy was last presented onstage
101' its 20th anniversary by a reunited Who in 1989.
this new blow-out Broadway version has been re
worked by Townshend in collaboration with Des McAn-
ut’t’, artistic directer 01. the La Jolla (Calif) Playhouse.
where it debuted in July and ran for 110 sotdout shows.
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