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Casey Cott, Christian Borle, Mandy Gonzalez, Wesley Taylor and More Will Lead TOMMY at the Kennedy Center


Casey Cott, Christian Borle, Mandy Gonzalez, Wesley Taylor and More Will Lead TOMMY at the Kennedy Center

The cast for the Kennedy Center's production of The Who's Tommy has been announced! Casey Cott, star of the hit CW series Riverdale, will play the title role in the Broadway Center Stage production of The Who's Tommy. Tony Award® winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten!) and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In the Heights) will co-star as Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker, respectively.

The cast will also feature Manu Narayan (Merrily We Roll Along, My Fair Lady) as Uncle Ernie; Kimberly Nichole, a fan favorite on season eight of NBC's The Voice, as The Gypsy ("Acid Queen"); and Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants, The Addams Family) as Cousin Kevin. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Directing and choreographing this semi-staged concert production is Josh Rhodes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Bright Star), who recently wowed audiences with his direction and choreography of the City Center Encores! production of Grand Hotel.

"2019 is the 50th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking original album of Tommy. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this iconic show than by bringing such an incredibly talented cast and creative team together for a Broadway Center Stage event at the Kennedy Center," said Jeffrey Finn, Vice President of Theater Producing and Programming.

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. With music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, book by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend, and additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon, this five-time Tony Award®-winning, one-of-a-kind musical tells the story of the pinball-playing, "deaf, dumb, and blind" boy who triumphs over adversities.

The Who's Tommy will be musical directed by Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Company) with set and projection design by Paul DePoo (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Broadway Center Stage: The Music Man), lighting design by Jake DeGroot (Oh, Hello on Broadway), costume design by Andrea Hood (The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night), and sound design by Tony Award® winner Kai Harada (The Band's Visit; Broadway Center Stage: Chess, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Music Man).

Tickets for all performances are on sale through the Kennedy Center Box Office, the website, or by calling (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.

The Who's Tommy, the final Broadway Center Stage production of the 2018-2019 season, comes on the heels of this season's rapturously received, standing-room-only Kennedy Center productions of Little Shop of Horrors and The Music Man. The inaugural 2017-2018 season included sell-out performances of star-studded productions of Chess, In the Heights, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The 2019-2020 season of Broadway Center Stage will be announced soon.

Broadway Center Stage: The Who's Tommy will be performed Wednesday, April 24-Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 8 p.m. and Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. For more information, please visit the Kennedy Center website, in-person at the Kennedy Center Box Office, or call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.

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