Producers Stephen Gabriel and Ira Pittelman announced Thursday that they are reviving the blockbuster hit series “The Who’s Tommy.” First production at the Goodman Theater Last summer, it is scheduled to move to Broadway next spring. The famous pinball wizard will play New York’s Nederlander Theater starting March 8, 2024, with its Broadway opening night scheduled for March 28, 2024.
Casting has not yet been announced and is still open to negotiation, but sources told the Tribune that most of the widely acclaimed original Goodman cast is expected to return with the series. The relatively quick Broadway transfer superseded the previous plan to tour the show to more cities for the first time, but it still wasn’t a surprise given the success of the Chicago run.
The majority of “Tommy” was written by Pete Townshend of The Who in 1969; It will be nearly 30 years since the first Broadway stage production of the musical opened. renewed stage animationDes McAnuff, which premiered at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, also shares a director (he also has a book writing credit with Townshend). But it features a new design by David Korins (“Hamilton”) and projections by Peter Nigrini (“Here Lies Love”). New choreography by Lorin Latarro.
Ticket presales for Broadway begin Thursday; more information at www.tommythemusical.com.
Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.