It's official: The Who's Tommy is coming back to Broadway.
A reinvented version of the classic rock opera is set to hit the stage in 2021, Des McAnuff revealed to Deadline. The acclaimed director also helmed the original 1993 production, which won five Tony awards including Best Director.
“Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,” McAnuff said in a statement. “Tommy combines myth and spectacle in a way that truly soars. The key question with any musical is, ‘Does the story sing?’ And this one most certainly does.”
He also described that the character "becomes lost in the universe as he stares endlessly and obsessively into the mirror at his own image. This gives our story a powerful resonance today, as it seems like the whole world is staring into the black mirror. The story of Tommy exists all too comfortably in the 21st century. In fact, time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker.”
Co-producer Patrick Catullo recalled seeing the original show on his 16th birthday. “It completely blew my mind and is the singular reason I pursued a career in theater,” he said. “The story is timeless and it’s one of the best scores ever written. I am beyond excited to present Tommy not only for its existing fans, but to introduce it to a new audience as well.”
The Who also recently announced their 13th album WHO and shared its lead single "All This Music Must Fade." Listen to the song and get more info about the upcoming record here.
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