TITLE: THE WHO'S TOMMY
AUTHOR: MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PETE TOWNSHEND; BOOK BY PETE TOWNSHEND AND DES MCANUFF
WHERE: LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE
THE BOTTOM LINE: The grand ole rock opera gets an electrifying staging aimed at Broadway.
What the Broadway musical most needs, short of stuffing the entire theatergoing public into a time machine headed backward, is to make peace with rock music. When the form had its heyday, its songs were the pop mainstream. Now there is no pop mainstream -- music, like the radio that delivers it, has become demographically fragmented -- but rock is the nearest equivalent. So...