The revolutionary rock opera album Tommy – released by The Who in 1969, and morphed into a bunch of different mediums since – is getting its Australian debut in the form of a live show by Victoria Opera early next year.

The album itself was chiefly composed by Pete Townshend and portrayed the life story of deaf, mute and blind boy Tommy Walker; in the year of its release, the band promoted it with performances at Woodstock, the Isle of Wight Festival, and New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House. In 1971 it was developed into a stage show by Seattle Opera, three years later released as a film, and in 1992 was expanded into a broadway stage musical.

In February next year, Melbourne are the lucky city who’ll get to experience the country’s first operatic performance of the timeless stage show, developed and produced by Victoria Opera.

Says the company’s CEO, Elizabeth Hill-Cooper: “The Who’s Tommy finally makes its long-awaited Australian premiere at the iconic Palais Theatre in February 2022. From what we witnessed during our original rehearsal period earlier this year, our production is going to be epic!”

Here’s a cute pic of the cast getting into that epic sort of mood:

The Who's Tommy cast rehearsing on stage

Get all your info at the Victoria Opera site here!

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