The Who's Tommy
by City Theatre Company

Sep. 07 - Sep. 30, 2018

The City Theatre Company proudly presents


Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend 

Book by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend 

September 7 – 30 at City Theatre Austin


The City Theatre is about to ROCK IT OUT!! Presenting The Who’s Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation that has been years in the making at the little east side venue. Directed by resident theatre director Jeff Hinkle. 


Ever since I was a young boy…


The Who’s Tommy is a sensory-defying rock and roll experience. Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, it is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through to him, he becomes an international pinball superstar. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb, and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired and amazed audiences for more than 40 years. Translated to the stage by Des McAnuff, this five-time Tony Award-winning musical is a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event and features an exhilarating score that has made it a smash-hit around the world. 




Tommy History. Inspiration for The Who's Tommy was drawn directly from the 1969 concept album, Tommy by the legendary rock band, The Who. The work was the first album in history to be billed overtly as a rock opera and, in its original release, rocketed the band from somewhat-known single artists into what is now regarded as one of the best and best-known rock bands of all time. The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and, before being devised as a musical, was also the basis for a 1975 film of the same name. It first premiered on Broadway at the historic St. James Theatre, April 22, 1993. Acclaimed director, Des McAnuff, and Pete Townshend sculpted the kaleidoscopic concept album by Townshend's former band, The Who into a stage show with a lasting story. It went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Original Score. 


The Cast and Production Team. The show features the multi-talented cast of Jacob Bernelle, Chris Cannata, Susannah Crowell, Brooke Culbertson, Nicholas Gollihugh, Aidan Linsey, Michelle Malia, Maci McFarlin, Maranda Moody, Buddy Novak, Taylor Rainbolt, Phil Rodriguez, Denver Surgener, Hilary Werthmann, and Wendy Zavaleta. Jeff Hinkle (Hair, Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire) directs with Choreography by Rose Mitchell and Musical Direction by Tyler Groft.


The City Theatre Company is excited to be celebrating its 12th anniversary season of live theatre entertainment in Austin. CTC is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards, the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards, Austin Live Theatre, and has twice been voted “Best Theatre Company” by Austin American-Statesman’s Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatrical experiences and entertainment for Austin artists and its community and continues the commitment to making productions accessible for everyone. CTC offers its discount ticket program with $20 Thursday seats and $20 student seats for musicals. The ticket discount is available throughout the 2017 - 2018 season. 


The Who’s tommy

Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend 

Book by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend 

Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon




The Who's Tommy
City Theatre Company

September 07 - September 30, 2018
City Theatre
3823 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX, 78722

September 7 - 30. Thursdays - Saturdays 8:00 pm. Sundays 3:00 pm. 

The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 78722. 

Tickets $25. Two for $45. Center Reserved $30 - $35. 

Senior and Student Seats $20. Thursday all general seats $20. Group discounts available. 

Reservations 512-524-2870 or e-mail