The Who’s Tommy

Coming in January 2018….

               January 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm

                     January 21 & 28 at 2:00pm

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

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 his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

The Who’s Tommy features an exhilarating score that is timeless in its youthful appeal, giving the show a cross-generational appeal that has made it a smash-hit.

The Who’s Tommy

Book by Des McAnuff & Pete Townshend

Music & Lyrics by Pete Townshend

Additional Music & Lyrics by John Entwistle & Keith Moon


The stage adaptation of The Who’s classic rock opera tells the story of a deaf, dumb and mute boy who becomes a world-famous Pinball Wizard and the leader of a cult of devotees

Character Descriptions

Mrs. Walker: Tommy’s mother and Captain Walker’s wife. A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy.  Age: 30 to 40; Vocal range top: D6; Vocal range bottom: G3.

Captain Walker: Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker. A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife’s lover after coming back from a POW camp, resulting in Tommy’s trauma-induced blindness, deafness, and dumbness. Age: 30 to 40; Vocal range top: C#5; Vocal range bottom: F3

Uncle Ernie:  Mrs. Walker’s brother and Tommy’s uncle. A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children’s camp seeking to profit from Tommy’s popularity.Age: 30 to 45;  Vocal range top: Bb4;  Vocal range bottom: G2.

Tommy/Narrator: Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker’s son. An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story.  Age: 18 to 25. Vocal range top: B4; Vocal range bottom: Db3.

Cousin Kevin:  A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they’re young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy’s success. Age: 18 to 25; Vocal range top: B4;  Vocal range bottom: Ab2.

Gypsy: A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy’s parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures. Gender: Female; Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: F5;  Vocal range bottom: G3.

The Specialist:  A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Tommy’s parents hire him in their desperation to find any cure for their son. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 50;  Vocal range top: F4;  Vocal range bottom: G#3. >

Sally Simpson:  A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him. Gender: Female; Age: 16 to 20; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: F3

Ensemble:  Soldiers; Nurses; Harlots; Lads And Lasses; Guards; Reporters


Auditions will be held on November 1 and 2, 2017. Rehearsals begin November 5.  Auditions and callbacks take place at the Cohasset Town Hall Theater, 41 Highland Avenue on Cohasset Common.

Audition Requirements: prepare 32 bars of a song from the musical theatre genre either from the show or in the style of the show. If your song is not from the show, please bring  sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. If your audition piece is from the show, no sheet music is necessary as the score will be available at auditions.

Please bring a headshot or recent photo and a resume to auditions if you have them. Please also print out the audition form attached below, fill it out and bring it to auditions with you.


Audition Form


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