The Who's Tommy


the story

This stage adaptation of The Who's classic rock opera and film tells the story of a deaf, dumb and mute boy who becomes a world-famous Pinball Wizard and the leader of a cult of devotees.

The Team

 Director: Des McAnuff

Music/Lyrics: Pete Townshend

Book: Pete Townshend, Des McAnuff

Stars: Michael Cerveris, Marcia Mitzman


Nominated for 8 Tony Awards® and winner of 3 awards. Also winner of 6 Drama Desk awards.

1993 Tony Awards

  • Best Original Score (Pete Townshend)
  • Best Scenic Design (John Arnone)
  • Best Lighting Design (Chris Parry)
  • Best Choreography (Wayne Cilento)
  • Best Direction of a Musical (Des McAnuf)


  • Best Musical
  • Best Book of a Musical (Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff)
  • Best Features Actress in a Musical (Marcia Mitzman)
  • Best Costume Design (David C. Woolard)

1993 Drama Desk Award

  • Outstanding Choreography (Wayne Cliento)
  • Outstanding Director of a Musical (Des McAnuff)
  • Outstanding Orchestrations (Steve Margoshes)
  • Outstanding Lighting Design (Chris Parry)
  • Outstanding Sound Design (Steve Canyon Kennedy)
  • Outstanding Set Design (John Armone, Wendall K Harrington)


  • Outstanding Musical

1993 Theatre World Award

  • Theatre World Award (Michael Cerveris)