The Who's Tommy



A new production of the classic rock opera THE WHO'S TOMMY returns to Broadway in the 2022 season, directed by two-time Tony Award®-winner Des McAnuff, who also directed the original Broadway production.

2019 marked the 50th anniversary of The Who’s groundbreaking rock concept album Tommy. Released in 1969, Tommy became the voice of a generation and is considered one of the most important and influential albums in the history of rock music. Telling the story of Tommy Walker, a young boy traumatized into seeming deafness and blindness, whose pinball wizardry launches him on a path toward a messianic movement, Tommy included indelible songs such as “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me,” and, of course, “Pinball Wizard.” The album was an immediate hit, and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

THE WHO'S TOMMY opened at La Jolla in 1992, and was an immediate artistic success. The production opened on Broadway in 1993 and was the winner of five 1993 Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score for Pete Townshend and Best Direction of a Musical for Des McAnuff. It also won the 1993 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album. With its exhilarating score and timeless, cross-generational appeal, THE WHO'S TOMMY has become a pop culture sensation with productions all around the world.

“Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,” said director Des McAnuff. “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 anti-hero 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.”