A "deaf, dumb and blind" boy who goes on to become a "Pinball Wizard" and an iconic spiritual guru is set to weave his magic in Costa Mesa.
Anaheim's Chance Theater has brought its acclaimed revival of seminal rock opera "The Who's Tommy," to the Founders Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Based on the 1969 concept album, the remounted show, last seen in 2010 on the Chance's own stage, details Tommy's transformation from an abused, catatonic boy to messianic figure, with classic tunes like "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Do You Think It's Alright?" and "Acid Queen."
"It always comes back to the music, right? It's this really great show about alienation and the strength of family and the human spirit," said Casey Long, Chance co-founder, managing director and "Tommy" sound designer.
"Really, for anybody who thinks they've already seen 'Tommy,' it's going to be bigger, brighter and better than when it first came around. We've really pushed ourselves as an entire production team.