BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Theatre has announced that it will present the musical, The Who’s Tommy, March 27-30. Performances will be held in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany College campus at 8 p.m. on March 27-29. The March 30 performance is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Tommy, the first rock opera, was released by The Who in 1969. It was primarily composed by guitarist Pete Townshend with two songs contributed by bassist John Entwistle. A movie version starring the band’s lead vocalist, Roger Daltrey, was released in 1975 and Tommy was adapted for a Broadway musical in 1993. The musical won five Tony Awards.
The story follows the life of Tommy Walker, who becomes blind, deaf and dumb after witnessing a traumatic event as a child. Withdrawn from the world, he is neglected and abused but somehow develops an extraordinary ability to play pinball. He emerges from his inner world as a charismatic Pinball Wizard but the demands of his idolatrous followers transform him into an unwilling messiah.
Tommy may be inappropriate for children due to adult situations. Tickets are priced at $5 with opening night proceeds to benefit the St. John’s Home for Children. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling (304) 829-7124.