The Who's Tommy in Walnut Creek

OMG, I Love That Show Productions tunes in to The Who's acclaimed rock opera for its fall musical at the Lesher Center.

Before there was Green Day’s American Idiot, there was the original rock opera, Tommy. Tommy was first released as a wildly ambitious album by 1960s rock legends The Who. A historic concert tour was followed by a production of a Hollywood film starring Ann-Margret, Jack Nicholson, and Elton John in 1975. Eventually, this story of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy—inspired by guitarist Pete Townsend’s childhood experiences—made its way to Broadway in 1992. The stage musical has earned five Tony Awards.

In September, OMG, I Love That Show! Productions will bring a new version of Tommy to the intimate Knight Stage 3 in the Lesher Center for the Arts.

“I have always loved the music and the story of Tommy,” says OMG founder Ryan Cowles. “It’s a crazy story, and the truest rock opera in any sense. Tommy wasn't originally intended to be a musical, but it eventually found its way to the stage. It will be exciting to continue the journey that Tommy has taken.”

Tommy is really a perfect show for our mission as a company,” says Cowles. “We want to bring in a young audience to the theater, and introduce them to something cool and cultish.”

Tommy will be OMG’s ninth production in Walnut Creek. The company returns in the spring with the audacious musical, Pageant.

Fun Fact

The Who is currently on its 50th anniversary tour, with a December 13 concert date scheduled in Oakland.


When: September 18–October 11     Where: Knight Stage 3     Info: (925) 943-7469, or