September 21, 2020

1997-03-20 – The Burlington Free Press

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where rockers, early hip- in April 1993. It reaped
pies and the mod reign in five Tony awards.

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paced rock musical tells the story of 4—year-
“Tommy.” . . . old Tommy, who is trau-

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“Tommy,” featuring Rod achieves overnight star-
Stewart, Steve Winwood dam as the Pinball
and Ringo Starr. By 1975, Wizard and eventually
the Ken Russell movie breaks his silence.
version of “Tommy” “Tommy” begins at 7
exposed the rock Opera’s p. m. Sunday at the Flynn
music and The Who to Theatre. 816, $27 $37.
millions worldwide. Advance sale reserved
But the musical didn t seating is sold-out. 863-
open on Broadway until 5966.
20 years to the day the