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Monday, April 22, 2013
20 Years Ago Today: The Who's Tommy
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The Playbill and Window Card
The Coffee Table Book and Pamphlet
Broadway Production Photos
Show:The Who's Tommy
Theatre:St. James Theatre
Opening Night:April 22, 1993
Performances:27 previews, 899 performances
Tonys: 11 nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor Paul Kandel, and Best Featured Actress Marcia Mitzman; 5 wins including Best Score Pete Townshend, Best Scenic Design John Arnone, Best Lighting Design by Chris Parry
Who's Who 20 Years Later:This score was the last (to date) for Pete Townshend . Director Des McAnuff (Tony Award - Best Director) has gone on to: include as Producer: Hamlet, The King and I (Tony Award Best Revival), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Once Upon a Mattress, Titanic (Tony Award Best Musical), 1776, Footloose, The Music Man, Urinetown, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award Best Musical), Into the Woods (Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical), I Am My Own Wife (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award Best Play), Matilda; as Director/Producer: How to Succeed (1995 Tony Best Revival), Dracula, 700 Sundays, Jersey Boys (Tony Award Best Musical), Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar. Choreographer Wayne Cilento (Tony Award - Best Choreography) went on to choreograph How to Succeed (1995), Dream, Wicked and Sweet Charity, earning Tony Award nominations for each. Cast members include Tony nominee Michael Cerveris(Titanic, Assassins (Tony Award), Sweeney Todd (Tony nomination), Lovemusik (Tony nomination), Cymbeline, Hedda Gabbler, In the Next Room, Evita (Tony nomination); Norm Lewis (Chicago, Side Show, The Wild Party, Amour, Les Miserables (Revival), The Little Mermaid, Sondhei on Sondheim, The Gershwins' Poergy and Bess (Tony nomination); Alice Ripley(Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, Side Show (Tony nomination), James Joyce's The Dead, The Rocky Horror Show, next to normal (Tony Award).