“The Who’s Tommy,” the highly successful stage production directed by Des McAnuff, is set to return to Broadway in spring 2024.
Stephen Gabriel and Ira Pittelman are producing the reimagined version of the landmark rock opera. A preview of the reimagined version is scheduled for March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre, and a full opening will happen on March 28.
After the production’s original run on Broadway closed in 1993, a one-off revival by the original cast took place in 2008.
“In 1969, when I originally wrote Tommy with The Who, nobody had ever written popular music songs about trauma, nobody talked about bullying, domestic sexual abuse was a subject that was virtually censored,” said Pete Townshend, who wrote the music, lyrics and co-wrote the book with McAnuff.
“Then, in 1993,” he continued, “working with Des on the staged theatre piece, we broke the established rules for a musical show. Now, the current generation is breaking all of those rules again – and what Des has achieved with this incredible new production honors them and their courage and audacity. I can’t wait to see how this newly empowered show connects with younger Broadway audiences today. I hope the younger ones come, for they will identify in an entirely new and important way with Tommy’s tumultuous life. Meanwhile, longtime fans of Tommy, The Who and all their music will be blown away by this new show.”
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