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Full Cast Set for The Who’s Tommy; Broadway Rehearsals Begin

The rock opera returns to the Great White Way for its first-ever revival.

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A scene from the Goodman Theatre production of The Who’s Tommy
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Full casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of The Who’s Tommy, which is set to begin previews at the Nederlander Theatre March 8 ahead of an official opening night March 28. Rehearsals begin today, February 5.

Rounding out the company are Haley Gustafson, Jeremiah Alsop, Ronnie S. Bowman Jr., Mike Cannon, Tyler James Eisenreich, Sheldon Henry, Afra Hines, Aliah James, David Paul Kidder, Tassy Kirbas, Lily Kren, Quinten Kusheba, Reese Levine, Brett Michael Lockley, Nathan Lucrezio, Alexandra Matteo, Mark Mitrano, Reagan Pender, Cecilia Ann Popp, Daniel Quadrino, Olive Ross-Kline, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Dee Tomasetta, and Andrew Tufano.

They join the previously announced Ali Louis Bourzgui as Tommy Walker, Alison Luff as Mrs. Walker, Adam Jacobs as Captain Walker, John Ambrosino as Uncle Ernie, Bobby Conte as Cousin Kevin, and Christina Sajous as the Acid Queen.

A staging of The Who’s 1969 rock opera, The Who’s Tommy features songs like “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me, Feel Me,” and “I’m Free.” This new production is described as follows: “After witnessing his father shoot his rival, the young Tommy Walker is lost in the universe, endlessly and obsessively staring into the mirror. An innate knack for pinball catapults him from reticent adolescent to celebrity savior.”

This new production finds original creators Pete Townshend (book and score) and Des McAnuff (book and direction) reimagining the show for contemporary audiences. Townshend won the 1993 Tony Award for Best Score and McAnuff that year’s Tony for Best Direction for the original production.

This revival began last summer at the Goodman in Chicago, where it won 9 Joseph Jefferson “Jeff” Awards, the most for any show this season, including Best Director for Des McAnuff and Best Production.

The creative team includes Lorin Latarro (choreographer), Ron Melrose (music supervision and additional arrangements), Rick Fox (musical direction and additional orchestrations), David Korins (set), Peter Nigrini (projections), Sarafina Bush (costumes), Amanda Zieve (lighting), Gareth Owen (sound), and Charles LaPointe (wig and hair design).

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Performances begin: March 8, 2024