The Who’s Tommy: Musical Review

The Who’s Tommy

2/5/2015

Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL

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Adaptations of things we love can change our relationship with the source material. The best adaptations add new dimensions and new understandings of the source material (see NBC’s Hannibal or Johnny Cash’s cover of NIN’s “Hurt”), helping you to understand how rich it is or a different side of it. The worst adaptations make you question the source material and why you ever liked it in the first place. Unfortunately, the latter is the case with the Who’s Tommy. The album that birthed the rock opera, Tommy helped me grow an appreciation for the concept record and the Who themselves. In college I saw the movie which features the likes of Tina Turner and Elton John, which is absolutely terrible, but I just counted that as Hollywood screwing it up.
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LxListening: On Broadway

Five Favorite Broadway Songs

So I was not at all raised on the theater being in a house of four brothers and no sisters, and I still to this day have only seen a handful of musicals, but in recent years, I have really fallen in love with the art form. And after seeing the absolutely hilarious Book of Mormon this past week, I have dug back into my Broadway song favorites. So here are five of my favorite Broadway songs from five of my favorite musicals.
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