J*Company to present the Pinball Wizard’s story at the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla


Based on The Who’s 1969 double album rock opera “Tommy,” the J*Company Youth theater (now in its 19th Season) will present its version of the La Jolla Playhouse production by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, tempered with respect to family values.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 11; and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Garfield Theatre in the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr.

The production boasts a full rock band and many memorable songs including “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” and “Amazing Journey.”

The curtain rises on post-World War II England, when after witnessing a traumatic event, Tommy losses his ability to speak or care about life. He is saved however, when he falls in love with pinball and becomes an international superstar at the game inspiring youth around the world.

Directed by Joey Landwehr the production is suitable for kids, ages 10 and older.

Tickets from $14 at (858) 362-1348 or