The Who’s Tommy

Book by Pete Townshend & Des McAnuff
Music & Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Additional Music & Lyrics by John Entwistle & Keith Moon

Directed by Snehal Desai
Musical Direction by Marc Macalintal
Choreography by Janet Roston

May 7, 2015 – extended thru June 21, 2015

“Impressively staged, intensely performed revival by East West Players…adventurous audiences and longtime Who devotees should be satisfied” – LA Times
“Visual feast…clear and impressive” – Downtown News
“Just WOW!” – Broadway World
“Wow!” – Stage Scene LA

Deprived of sight, hearing and speech by the shock of what he had witnessed as a child, young Tommy Walker seems lost to life – until he reveals an uncanny talent for the game of pinball. When his lost senses are suddenly restored, Tommy is hailed as a living miracle. The classic rock musical arrives for the first time at East West Players in an electrifying new production.

This production is presented with generous support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players.

Running time: 2 hours, includes a 15 minute intermission.


Preview Performances

Previews are Thursday, May 7; Friday, May 8; and Saturday, May 9 (all at 8 p.m.), and Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

Opening Night

A ticket to opening night on Wednesday, May 13, at 8 p.m. includes a 7 p.m. pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team. (Call EWP for ticket prices and availability.)

Pay-What-You-Can Performance

Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m.

Post-Show Discussion

Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m.

A chat with the performers and creative team immediately follows the show.

Wine Down Fridays

A complimentary glass of red or white wine will be served before the Friday show during the regular performance run. (Interested parties must be 21 years of age or older to drink).



Creative Team

Set design by Stephanie Kerley-Schwartz
Costume Design by Jenny Foldenauer
Lighting Design by Karyn Lawrence
Sound Design by Cricket Myers
Projection Design by Sean Cawelti
Prop Master Marissa Bergman
Stage Manager: Ondina Dominguez

Production Photos


The re-imagined rock musical The Who’s Tommy” at East West Players is receiving incredible audience reactions.

“It’s unlike any other ‘Tommy’ production and it was amazing!” Cristela Alonzo, Cristela
“Amazing!” – Jennifer Paz, Miss Saigon
 “Exhilarating!” – Daniel Franzese, Mean Girls & Looking
“Absolutely wonderful!” – Rizwan Manji, Outsourced

From the music to the production to the choreography, audiences can’t get enough of the rock musical The Who’s Tommy, now playing at East West Players in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo District! Press play to see what they’re saying!

The cast (Michayla Brown, Parvesh Cheena, Maxwel Corpuz, Christine de Chavez, Cliffton Hall, Deedee Magno Hall, Constance Jewell Lopez, and Joseph Morales) performed “See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You” from the critically acclaimed rock musical production The Who’s Tommy at Tuesday Night Café in Little Tokyo.

Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall performed “As Long As You’re Mine” from the musical hit Wicked at Tuesday Night Café in Little Tokyo. The husband and wife duo sang together to promote East West Players’ current show The Who’s Tommy, where they play the married ‘Mrs. Walker’ and ‘Captain Walker’ and parents to Tommy, who is traumatized into catatonia after witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father.

Christine de Chavez performed “Caught In The Storm” from the television hit Smash at Tuesday Night Café in Little Tokyo.

A sneak peek of Joseph Morales, who plays “Tommy Walker,” singing “I’m Free” from the rock musical The Who’s Tommy at our Golden Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on April 20, 2015.

Check out this sneak peek of Constance Jewell Lopez singing “Acid Queen” from the rock musical “The Who’s Tommy” at our Golden Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on April 20, 2015.