Novato Theater Company presents THE WHO’S TOMMY

Opera music


The second show of the Novato Theater Company’s 101st season is The Who’s Tommy with music and lyrics by Pete Townsend, book by Pete Townshend and McAnuff with additional music and lyrics by John entwistle and Keith Moon. Opening on Friday January 13 and the final show is Sunday February 6, 2022. The shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

The Novato Theater Company presented The Who’s Tommy in March 2020 and was closed on opening night due to state and country Covid protocol. Today, director and choreographer Marilyn Izdebski brings him back.

The Who’s Tommy tells the miraculous tale of rock opera about the deaf, dumb, and blind kid who rose to stardom as The Pinball Wizard. Townshend eventually named the double album story of a blind deaf mute who grew up to be a pinball expert and spiritual leader “Tommy”, as it was a common British name and the nickname for soldiers of the First World War. global. The Tony & Grammy Award-winning show beats to the beat of rock music from one of the greatest rock bands of our time.

Who’s Tommy rock opera is based on the original album composed mainly by the guitarist Pete Townshend and the album sold 20 million copies and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Who’s Tommy, which was first performed by The Who in 1969, opened on Broadway in April 1993. The Who’s Tommy won the Tony Awards for Best Direction in a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Original Music, Best Stage Design, and Best Lighting Design, such as Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Director of Musical, Choreography, Orchestrations, Lighting Design , an exceptional sound design and scenography. Michel Cerveris received the Theater World Award in 1993. In 1994, The Who’s Tommy won a Grammy for Best Musical Performance Album.

Marilyn Izdebski explains: “In March 2020, Tommy closed what was supposed to be our opening night. We thought it would take a few months before our reopening. We didn’t know it would take almost two years to bring this show special back to NTC. I was devastated when Tommy closed in 2020, but now I’m excited to bring our show back in 2022 and share it with our audience! “

Tyler Marques (Tommy) says, “I am honored to be able to play such an iconic character with such a terrific band.”

Attending the last preview performance on March 12, 2020, Stuart Zimmerman shares his experience: “Tommy is one of my all-time favorite rock operas and seeing the theater adaptation at the Novato Theater Company was so close to Broadway as possible “