Bourzgui will reprise the title role in the musical revival after playing the part in its pre-Broadway run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre earlier this year.
The Who's Tommy on Broadway Tickets
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The dark, mythic, and spectacular story of the pinball wizard is back. The Who's Tommy on Broadway, the five-time Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of the landmark concept album, has its first revival at the Nederlander Theatre. Check back for information on The Who's Tommy tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
When young Tommy Walker witnesses a shocking murder, the trauma — and other harrowing incidents — leaves him unable to see, hear, or speak. And then he discovers pinball. Tommy's natural knack for the game turns him into an overnight celebrity, but more importantly, he begins his journey to healing once and for all.
Before The Who's Tommy was a musical, the story began as a 1969 concept album simply called Tommy, with all the now-famous songs like "Pinball Wizard," "The Acid Queen," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "See Me, Feel Me," and "I'm Free." The critical response was mixed, partly because subjects like trauma, bullying, and mental illness almost never appeared in mainstream music. But some critics called Tommy The Who's breakthrough masterpiece — and history would prove them right.
Momentum built in 1975, when Tommy got a film adaptation featuring Tina Turner and Elton John. That movie was also the basis for the stage musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1993. The Who co-founder/songwriter Pete Townshend's music finally got the recognition it deserved when The Who's Tommy musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score. It also earned the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and in 1998, the original Tommy album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Townshend's collaborator on The Who's Tommy was 10-time Tony winner Des McAnuff, who co-wrote the book with Townshend and won one of his Tonys for directing the original production. McAnuff returns to direct the Broadway revival, which premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre to acclaim in summer 2023.
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2h 30m (incl. 15m intermission)
March 8th, 2024
Cast and creative
By: Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Songs by: Pete Townshend
Director: Des McAnuff
Choreography: Lorin Latarro
Cast list: Ali Louis Bourzgui (as Tommy Walker)
Design: David Korins
Costumes: Sarafina Bush
Lighting: Amanda Zieve
Sound: Gareth Owen
Other info: Projection design by Peter Nigrini, music direction and orchestrations by Rick Fox, music supervision and additional arrangements by Ron Melrose, wig and hair design by Charles LaPointe
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This production, playing at the Nederlander Theatre, is the first Broadway revival of the show, based on the 1969 album by The Who, since its 1993 premiere.