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Broadway Center Stage: The Who's Tommy

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Monday, April 29, 2019


“See the show I just saw…But really, go see the show I just saw…And please, be quick about it”—The Washington Post’s Peter Marks. Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. 

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From The Washington Post’s Peter Marks
“See the show I just saw…But really, go see the show I just saw…And please, be quick about it.”
Tommy turns out to be the best offering yet of the [Broadway Center Stage] series’ first two seasons.”
“I can’t remember the last time a musical created a vibe so infectious that the audience couldn’t resist the impulse to rock out with it.”
“Rock Musical Perfection!”
“I could have rocked all night to Tommy at the Kennedy Center!”

Tommy is at long last the authentic rock musical that has eluded Broadway for two generations—an entertainment juggernaut that lifts the audience right out of its seats”—The New York Times review of the Original Broadway production

Based on the iconic 1969 album soon to be celebrating its 50th anniversary, this semi-staged concert production of The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. This five-time Tony Award®–winning one-of-a-kind musical tells the story of the pinball-playing, “deaf, dumb, and blind” boy who triumphs over adversity.

Casey Cott, star of the hit CW series, Riverdale, will play the title role. Tony Award® winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten!) and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In the Heights) will co-star as Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker, respectively. The cast will also feature Manu Narayan (Merrily We Roll Along, My Fair Lady) as Uncle Ernie, Kimberly Nichole, a fan favorite on season eight of NBC’s The Voice, as The Gypsy (“Acid Queen”), and Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants, The Addams Family) as Cousin Kevin. Additional casting to be announced.

Performance Timing: Act One - 53 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Act Two - 50 min.

Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes
Musical direction by Lynne Shankel
Set and projection design by Paul DePoo
Costume design by Andrea Hood
Lighting design by Jake DeGroot
Sound design by Kai Harada

Please Note: This production utilizes gunshots, haze, and strobe lights. This production also contains mature content not suitable for young children. Recommended for age 14 and up.

Please note: Broadway Center Stage performances are presented as semi-staged concerts. The actors will carry scripts in hands for various scenes of their performance. 

More about Broadway Center Stage
After sell-out performances of our inaugural season, celebrate more of your favorite musicals with the return of our new hit series, presented exclusively in our nation’s capital! In a semi-staged concert format and featuring starry casts direct from Broadway, these productions showcase great musicals Center Stage.


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Broadway Center Stage: TOMMY at the Kennedy Center

Christian Borle, Wesley Taylor, Casey Cott, and Mandy Gonzalez Preview The Who's Tommy