‘The Who’s Tommy’ revival to come to Broadway in 2024
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.
Based on the hit 1969 album Tommy by British rock band The Who, the musical tells the story of a young boy who, after being catatonic throughout childhood due to trauma, becomes a local pinball champion and rises to fame as he overcomes his past.
“In many ways, I think the world has caught up to Tommy Walker, which makes it exciting to revisit The Who’s Tommy for a new generation who, possibly more than any other, has a broad appetite for all kinds of music and storytelling,” said director Des McAnuff, who also directed the original Broadway production.
The original Tommy album is credited as The Who’s breakthrough and is now in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Iconic songs from Tommy like “The Acid Queen,” Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” all appear in the stage show.
The Who’s Tommy premiered on Broadway in 1993, earning a Grammy Award and 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and winning five, including Best Original Score for Pete Townshend. The show also features a book by Townshend and McAnuff.
The 2024 production had a critically acclaimed pre-Broadway run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in summer 2023. In addition to director McAnuff, the Broadway production features choreography by Lorin Latarro, set design by David Korins, costume design by Sarafina Bush, lighting design by Amanda Zieve, sound design by Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, music direction and orchestrations by Rick Fox, music supervision and additional arrangements by Ron Melrose, and wig and hair design by Charles LaPointe.
Casting for The Who’s Tommy on Broadway has yet to be announced.
Photo credit: The Who's Tommy at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. (Photo by Liz Lauren)
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