The Who’s 1969 concept album TOMMY kicks ass. It’s a real rockists rock album, from the golden age of British rock. The 1975 movie and 1993 Broadway adaptation capture the dramatic potential of rock music in a way most rock musicals, which shoehorn dramatically stagnant and musically uninspired songs into a bad plot line, cannot.
New local company New Cavern Productions hopes to “develop a new generation of young artists in the Philadelphia area and provide an original entertainment experience for audiences through a vibrant array of theatrics, music, and immersive media,” which I think means they want to put on plays. Their first production rocks, at least: they present THE WHO’S TOMMY at Theatre Horizon [401 DeKalb Street, Norristown], July 11-27, 2014; newcavern.org.
And watch this performance of the album’s best song: The Who at the Isle of Wight Festival, 1970, killing “See Me, Feel Me.”