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Ali Louis Bourzgui to star in 'The Who's Tommy' on Broadway

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.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

He's the pinball wizard! Ali Louis Bourzgui will star in the first Broadway revival of The Who's Tommy, which begins performances at the Nederlander Theatre on March 8 ahead of a March 28 opening.

Bourzgui reprises the leading role of Tommy Walker from the production's pre-Broadway run at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago earlier this year. He won Chicago’s Jeff Award for his performance, and he now makes his Broadway debut.

Additional Broadway casting for The Who's Tommy has yet to be announced. The Chicago cast featured, alongside Bourzgui, Adam Jacobs as Captain Walker, Alison Luff as Mrs. Walker, John Ambrosino as Uncle Ernie, Bobby Conte as Cousin Kevin, and Christina Sajous as the Acid Queen.

The Tony Award-winning The Who's Tommy follows a young boy, catatonic from childhood trauma, as he discovers a knack for pinball, and with it local stardom, on his road to healing.

Des McAnuff, who directed the original Broadway production in 1993, returns to direct, and he also co-wrote the show with The Who's Pete Townshend. The Who's Tommy features the hit songs from the rock band's groundbreaking 1969 album, including "Pinball Wizard," “I'm Free,” and "We're Not Gonna Take It."

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