Tommy, the beloved rock opera concept album originally released in 1969 by The Who, will return to Broadway as a theatrical adaptation in 2021, the band announced on Monday.
According to the report from Rolling Stone, the Tony Award-winning musical production which initially ran for 889 performances beginning in 1993 will return with the same stage director, Des McAnuff, beginning at some point in 2021. The announcement didn’t reveal a specific return date, casting info, or which theatre the musical will take place. However, a new website launched in support of Tommy‘s return to Broadway informs that more info will arrive in the near future.
“Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,” McAnuff said in a statement album the album’s return to a different kind of stage. “‘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 story of Tommy exists all too comfortably in the 21st century. In fact, time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker.”
The Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have kept busy in 2019 as the two spent much of the summer and fall months on the road for their Moving On! tour. The Who also made headlines recently when they announced their forthcoming studio album, Who, which is set to arrive on November 22nd via Polydor Records
The band was forced to postpone a few tour performances in Texas and Colorado last month due to Daltrey coming down with Bronchitis. However, Townshend did also manage to inform fans that The Who will appear at next year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Head to the band’s website for updated ticketing and tour info.
[H/T Rolling Stone]