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Tommy!

The Who’s TOMMY, the hit Broadway musical will be performed at Henry Ford Community College Fridays through Sundays, April 16-25. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for all students with ID, and $8/seat for groups of ten or more. Call 313.845.9817 or email gadzuiblinski@hfcc.edu to make reservations or for further information.

TOMMY is the story of the deaf, dumb and blind boy made catatonic by witnessing a murder in his living room. Written primarily by Pete Townshend of the rock band The Who, and first released as a double album in 1969, it was labeled a rock opera because of its extensive storyline, told through several points of view. As exciting and diverse musically as it is theatrically, it follows Tommy through emotional abuse, sexual molestation and pinball wizardry to his spiritual enlightenment.

Influenced by the spiritual leadership of Meher Baba, it follows Townshend’s emotional struggles and spiritual quest to find a loving God through the discovery of the truth of existence. Chronicling Tommy’s growth during the years following WWII through the early sixties, TOMMY is epic in its scope. Following Tommy’s gradual rise to fame as a Pinball Wizard and his breaking free from catatonia, he faces other challenges as a cultural icon, idolized by fans, and commercialized by relatives. But Sally Simpson, an ordinary adolescent girl estranged from her parents, is pivotal to his rejection of his role as pop messiah. His journey through forgiveness wins him a prize his fame could have never given him.

Hitting Broadway in 1993, it ran for two years and won five Tonys. It was directed by Des McAnuff, now co-artistic director of the Stratford Festival of Canada, and its projections designer, Wendall Harrington, is now the head of Projections Design at the Yale School of Drama.

Backed by a live ten piece band, our cast of 25 sings and dances their way through the rockers, the ballads and the songs of spiritual quest as part of Tommy’s Amazing Journey.