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Pete Townshend

 
Date of Birth: May 19, 1945 (77)

Birth Place: London, ENGLAND
 

Writing

Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist

 
Writing
Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist

Pete Townshend Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Musical Production Gold Star
Pete Townshend, Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Book of a Musical
Pete Townshend, The Who's Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Pete Townshend, The Who's Tommy

Pete Townshend News

Zero Announces 'Naught Again' High-Fidelity Double Vinyl Release Photo Zero Announces 'Naught Again' High-Fidelity Double Vinyl Release
by Michael Major - Jul 25, 2022

Released on CD and digital earlier this year, the record consists of performances newly mixed by Emmy-nominated producer/engineer Brian Risner from the original multi-track tapes recorded by Dan Healy (Grateful Dead) in 1992 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Plus, check out upcoming tour dates!

Interview: Jonathan Louis of THE BAND CELL Talks About The Who, Local Music, and His  Photo Interview: Jonathan Louis of THE BAND CELL Talks About The Who, Local Music, and His Eccentric Style
by Courtney Symes - Jul 18, 2022

Just over the Sierra Nevada Mountain range from the Sacramento Valley lies the town of Reno, Nevada. Its proximity to Sacramento makes it a popular destination for entertainment and its casinos attract well-known talent. It was during one of these concerts that serendipity intervened, and I met the charmingly eclectic indie artist, Jonathan Louis. A drummer for a local group called The Band Cell, Louis is branching out into solo territory with new songs ‚ÄúThe Next Big Thing,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúBouncy.‚ÄĚ Broadway World spoke to Louis about the post-pandemic music scene, his quirky style, and how The Who inspired his music career.

Jim Irsay Collection Acquires Janis Joplin 'Me and Bobby McGee' Acoustic Guitar Photo Jim Irsay Collection Acquires Janis Joplin 'Me and Bobby McGee' Acoustic Guitar
by Michael Major - Jun 22, 2022

Joplin eventually would record the song in Los Angeles a few days before her October 1970 death. Released as a single a few months later, it went on to become her signature song and only number one hit. After her death, her J-45 was given to close friend and collaborator Bob Neuwirth, who taught her Bobby McGee and co-wrote with her Mercedes Benz. 

HARMONY, ASSASSINS & More Win 2022 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Photo HARMONY, ASSASSINS & More Win 2022 Off Broadway Alliance Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2022

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO, HARMONY & More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards Photo KIMBERLY AKIMBO, HARMONY & More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 5, 2022

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season. 

Liverpool's Epstein Theatre Announces May Programming Photo Liverpool's Epstein Theatre Announces May Programming
by Stephi Wild - Apr 29, 2022

Fantastic family friendly shows, incredible music, footballing memories and comedy capers are all set to entertain audiences at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre this May. 

Audible Expands 'Words + Music' Slate With Mariah Carey, Pete Townshend & More Photo Audible Expands 'Words + Music' Slate With Mariah Carey, Pete Townshend & More
by Michael Major - Apr 28, 2022

New artists to join the ‚ÄėWords + Music‚Äô include Mariah Carey, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, rock legend Carlos Santana, singer, songwriter, and record producer Beck, The Who's guitarist and principal songwriter Pete Townshend, comedy rock duo, Tenacious D, comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, and rapper and actor yasiin bey.

Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2022/23 Broadway Series Photo Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2022/23 Broadway Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

Algonquin Arts Theatre has announced its 2022-2023 Broadway Series titles. Flying in to start the season is Mary Poppins followed by the theatre's August production of The Who's Tommy. In October, Man of LaMancha returns to the Algonquin Stage.

Goodman Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season Including THE WHO's TOMMY 30th Anniversary & Photo Goodman Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season Including THE WHO's TOMMY 30th Anniversary & More!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 31, 2022

Three world-premiere productions and a reinvestigated classic, two triumphs from Broadway and off-Broadway and a Chicago premiere, and an epic rock musical sensation reimagined for today.

THE WHO Announce 2022 North American Tour, THE WHO HITS BACK; Full schedule and More Photo THE WHO Announce 2022 North American Tour, THE WHO HITS BACK; Full schedule and More
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 3, 2022

Legendary rock band The Who have announced a brand new tour for 2022, THE WHO HITS BACK!  The iconic band’s upcoming North American trek promises to be another rock n’ roll knockout, bringing singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend back to U.S. venues two years after their acclaimed MOVING ON! Tour. See the complete list of dates!

Pete Townshend Videos

VIDEO: Watch 'Pinball Wizard' From the Stratford Festival's 2013 Production of TOMMY VideoVIDEO: Watch 'Pinball Wizard' From the Stratford Festival's 2013 Production of TOMMY
by Stage Tube - Oct 17, 2020

The Stratford Festival has released a new flashback video to its 2013 production of Tommy.

VIDEO: Inside THE WHO'S TOMMY Starring Casey Cott, Christian Borle and More VideoVIDEO: Inside THE WHO'S TOMMY Starring Casey Cott, Christian Borle and More
by Stage Tube - May 13, 2019

The Kennedy Center presented the Broadway Center Stage production of The Who's Tommy, with direction and choreography by Josh Rhodes April 24-April 29, 2019. Check out highlights from the production below!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of THE WHO'S TOMMY Perform 'Pinball Wizard' VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of THE WHO'S TOMMY Perform 'Pinball Wizard'
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Who's Tommy at the Kennedy Center! Check out the video of 'Pinball Wizard' below!

VIDEO: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Perform at the Royal Variety VideoVIDEO: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Perform at the Royal Variety
by Stage Tube - Dec 26, 2017

Iconic pair Michael Ball and Alfie Boe took to the stage at the Royal Variety this December to sing a heartfelt duet of 'The Prayer'. They then closed the show with 'Bring Me Sunshine'. Watch the performances below!

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of THE WHO'S TOMMY at Aurora's Paramount Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2015

Continuing its rapid ascent to the top of Chicago's musical theater landscape, Aurora's Paramount Theatre follows its smash hits CATS and Mary Poppins withThe Who's Tommy, a story of hope, healing and human spirit, filled with soaring anthems and bursting ballads, mind-exploding images and pulsating dance numbers. Check out a first look at highlights below!

VIDEO: Aaron Sorkin Talks 'West Wing,' 'The Newsroom on THE BIG INTERVIEW
by Casey Mink - Sep 12, 2013

In a new interview series on AXS TV, which premieres on Monday, Aaron Sorkin discusses 'The West Wing' and 'The Newsroom'

STAGE TUBE: Watch Paul Nolan Sing 'Pinball Wizard' in Stratford Festival's TOMMY!
by Stage Tube - May 31, 2013

Twenty years after its Broadway premiere, Tommy returns to the stage in a new production helmed by its co-creator and original director, Des McAnuff at the Stratford Festival. The spectacular musical that swept the Tony Awards in 1993 started previews on Saturday, May 4, at the Avon Theatre, and plays through October 19. Check out 'Pinball Wizard' and 'I'm Free' below!

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights from Stratford Festival's TOMMY!
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2013

The third rock musical produced by the Festival in recent years, Tommy will be the biggest musical ever staged at Stratford. The show features massive LED screens and extraordinary automated set pieces that light up, explode, spin and tilt - get a first look below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek Audio - Stratford Festival's TOMMY
by Stage Tube - May 17, 2013

Based on The Who's 1969 concept album of the same name, Tommy tells the story of a young man who, despite having lost the faculties of speech, sight and hearing, becomes a pinball virtuoso - and the centre of a celebrity cult. In a new production helmed by its original Tony Award-winning director, Des McAnuff (who co-wrote the show with The Who's Pete Townshend), the explosive rock opera features such unforgettable hits as 'Pinball Wizard,' 'See Me, Feel Me,' 'Acid Queen' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It.'

STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of WPPAC's THE WHO'S TOMMY
by Stage Tube - Dec 3, 2012

The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) announceS the cast of THE WHO'S TOMMY. A show for fans of both Classic Rock and Award-winning Musicals! THE WHO'S TOMMY is the original rock opera. Check out videos of the cast members below!


Pete Townshend Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Pete Townshend written?
Pete Townshend has written 1 shows including Tommy (Composer/Lyricist).

What awards has Pete Townshend been nominated for?
Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Tommy Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Who's Tommy and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Who's Tommy .

What awards has Pete Townshend won?
Outstanding Musical Production (Olivier Awards) for Tommyand Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Who's Tommy.