The Who’s “Tommy” at Abrons Arts Center, Daltrey and Townshend Playing Super Bowl Halftime Show

The Who's Tommy

This one might have flown under some people’s radars; previews start tonight for the NYU Tisch Drama production of The Who‘s Tommy at the Abrons Arts Center (Buy Tickets).

Previews February 4 & 5
February 6-13

The Who’s Tommy is Peter Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph. First produced on Broadway in 1993, its thrilling score and MTV-style storytelling is viewed by many as the seminal musical that brought Broadway into the rock era. Directed by Kent Gash. Presented by New York University’s Tisch Drama Stage Works through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Previews: $15, $5 students and seniors
General Admission: $20, $10 students and seniors

The Who Super Bowl Halftime Show

On the other hand, I’m sure most of you probably know that The Who are the featured entertainers at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. In a recent interview with Billboard, Pete Townshend “leaked” the band’s set list for the big game, here’s what he said:

“We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” the guitarist tells Billboard. “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ It works — it’s quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it — we’ve always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot.” []

Super Bowl XLIV will air on Sunday, February 7 on CBS.