The “Pinball Wizard” is pinging rock opera back to Broadway.
The Who’s “Tommy” is on its way back to the Great White Way, Rolling Stone reports.
The return comes more than 50 years after The Who’s influential concept album was released — and nearly three decades after leaving Broadway.
The musical adaptation of the classic rock band’s 1969 “Tommy” album premiered on Broadway in 1993 and earned five Tony Awards during its two-year run.
Original director Des McAnuff is back to helm the new production, which is slated to make its return in 2021.
“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.”
So far, no further details have been revealed about the cast, but a website for the forthcoming show has been created for fans to subscribe for updates.
A commercial success during its 889 performance-run, “The Who’s Tommy” features classic songs such as “See Me, Feel Me” and “Acid Queen.” The album also was adapted into an acclaimed cult film starring Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson and Oscar nominee Ann-Margret in 1975 — nearly two decades before its live stage adaptation.
The plot follows a pinball-playing boy who is deaf and blind as he rises above his adversities to much fanfare.
“Tommy is the antihero ground zero,” said McAnuff. “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.”
McAnuff says he believes audiences today will connect with the show in a whole new way because “time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker.”
“This gives our story a powerful resonance today as it seems like the whole world is staring into the black mirror,” he said. “The story of Tommy exists all too comfortably in the 21st century.”