A Broadway revival of the musical adaptation of The Who‘s Tommy is currently being planned for 2021.
Per Rolling Stone, the production will be directed by Des McAnuff, who also helmed the original run that began in 1993 and closed after two years on Broadway tallying a total of 889 performances. During that time, Tommy won five Tony Awards.
In a statement on the revival, McAnuff said, “Our new production of ‘Tommy’ will be a reinvention aimed directly at today. ‘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. Tommy is the antihero ground zero. He is the boy who not only rejects adulthood like Holden Caulfield in ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ but existence itself. He 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.”
An exact premiere date has yet to be announced, but fans can stay updated on any news pertaining to the Tommy revival by subscribing to the production’s email updates at TommyTheMusical.com.