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Broadway News The Who's Tommy Revival to Close on Broadway

After it closes at the Nederlander Theatre, the rock musical will launch a national tour.

Ali Louis Bourzgui and company of The Who's Tommy Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

You'll only have a few more weeks to see them, feel them. The Broadway revival of The Who's Tommy has announced that it will close. The final performance will be July 21. The show opened March 28. At the time of its closure, it will have played 20 previews and 132 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre.

Based on The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy, the musical follows the young Tommy Walker. After witnessing his father shoot his rival, Tommy is emotionally lost, and spends his time staring endlessly into the mirror. Then, an innate knack for pinball catapults him into celebrity status. The show features a book by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend of The Who, music and lyrics by Townshend. McAnuff also directs the revival.

This revival run is far shorter than the show's original run on Broadway, where it opened in 1993 and played for over two years. The revival only netted one Tony Award nomination, Best Revival of a Musical, and no win.

Despite this closure, The Who's Tommy will launch a national tour, which will begin at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in Providence, Rhode Island in fall 2025. 

Ali Louis Bourzgui leads the cast in the title role, opposite 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. Sharing the role of Tommy, age four, are Cecilia Ann Popp and Olive Ross-Kline. Tommy, age 10, is shared by Quinten Kusheba and Reese Levine.

Video: The Who's Tommy Star Ali Louis Bourzgui Performs a 'Sensation'/'I'm Free' Mashup

The ensemble features Jeremiah Alsop, Ronnie S. Bowman Jr., Mike Cannon, Tyler James Eisenreich, Haley Gustafson, Sheldon Henry, Aliah James, Tassy Kirbas, Lily Kren, Nathan Lucrezio, Alexandra Matteo, Mark Mitrano, Reagan Pender, Daniel Quadrino, Jenna Nicole Schoen, and Andrew Tufano. Rounding out the company as swings are Afra Hines, David Paul Kidder, Brett Michael Lockley, and Dee Tomasetta.

The creative team also includes choreographer Lorin Latarro (Into the Woods), music supervisor Ron Melrose (Jersey Boys), musical director Rick Fox (Rent), set designer David Korins (Hamilton), projection designer Peter Nigrini (Here Lies Love), costume designer Sarafina Bush (for colored girls...), lighting designer Amanda Zieve (Escape to Margaritaville), sound designer Gareth Owen (Back to the Future), and wig and hair designer Charles G. LaPointe (Hamilton). The production also features orchestrations by Steve Margoshes, additional music arrangements by Melrose, and additional orchestrations by Fox. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting's Merri Sugarman with additional Chicago casting by Lauren Port and Rachael Jimenez. Tripp Phillips is the production stage manager, and Bespoke Theatricals is general manager.

Stephen Gabriel and Ira Pittelman lead the producing team.


Photos: The Who's Tommy on Broadway

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