The Who’s rock opera Tommy is making its return to Broadway in 2021, which is over 25 years after its original run.
Des McAnuff, the two-time Tony Award winner who directed the original Broadway staging of The Who’s Tommy, will direct a new production of the musical for 2021, producers Hal Luftig and Patrick Catullo announced today https://t.co/RNVllzx54e
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According to the Rolling Stone, the new version of the performance will be directed by Des McAnuff, who led the original production that ran from 1993 to 1995. The new edition of Tommy is set to be “a reinvention aimed directly at today,” McAnuff explains 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.”
The musical, which has lyrics written by frontman Pete Townshend, is based on the band’s double album Tommy. “[Tommy] 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,” McAnuff explains. “The story of Tommy exists all too comfortably in the 21st century. In fact, time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker.”