The Who: The band who created the rock opera Tommy in the first place, is comprised of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltry, Keith Moon and John Entwistle. Both Moon and Entwistle are credited with contributing to the show, though both passed away years before the show came to Broadway.
- The Who was inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
- Worldwide record sales are over 100 Million
- In the United States alone they have 17 top 10 albums, 18 Gold Records, 12 Platinum Records and 5 Multi-Platinum Records.
- They most recently appeared in the half-time show of Super Bowl XLIV, singing a medley of their biggest hits, including "Pinball Wizard" from Tommy.
- Today's generation probably knows them best (though maybe not by name) as they provide the theme songs for all three CSI television series. CSI: "Who Are You?; CSI: Miami "Won't Get Fooled Again"; and CSI: New York "Baba O'Reilly".
Pete Townshend: Music, Lyrics, Book
Des McAnuff: Book, Direction, Producer
After Tommy: Shows he either produced and/or directed include: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying! (H2$), The King and I (1996), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Titanic, 1776 (revival), Footloose, The Music Man (2001), 42nd Street (2001), Urinetown, Into the Woods (revival), Dracula: The Musical, Jersey Boys, The Farnsworth Invention, and Guys and Dolls (2009).
Wayne Cilento: Choreographer
After Tommy: He has choreographed H2$, Dream, AIDA, Wicked, and the Christina Applgate revival of Sweet Charity, earning Tony nominations for all, except AIDA.
David C. Woodard: Costume Design
After Tommy: Damn Yankees (revival), The Rocky Horror Show (Tony nomination), All Shook Up, The Farmsworth Invention, 33 Variations, and the current revival of West Side Story.
John Arnone: Scenic Design
During Tommy: Tony Award winner, Best Lighting Design of a Musical
After Tommy: Not About Nightingales (Tony nomination), Brooklyn Boy. Mr. Parry passed away in 2007.
Wendall K. Harrington: Projections
Batwin + Robin Productions: Video Design
During Tommy: This was Batwin + Robin Productions' first Broadway credit.
After Tommy: Twlight Los Angeles: 1992, H2$, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Rocky Horror Show, and Golda's Balcony.
In my next The Who's Tommy blog, we'll take a closer look at the ensemble of the show. It includes several future Tony Award nominees and a winner or two.
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