The Who’s Tommy Revival to Close on Broadway, Set for National Tour

The Broadway revival of The Who’s Tommy is set to close at the Nederlander Theatre, with its final performance scheduled for July 21. The rock musical, which opened on March 28, will have completed 20 previews and 132 regular performances by the time it closes.

Based on The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy, the musical tells the story of young Tommy Walker. After witnessing his father shoot his rival, Tommy becomes emotionally detached and spends his time staring into a mirror. His extraordinary talent for pinball eventually propels him to fame. The musical features a book by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend, with music and lyrics by Townshend. McAnuff also directs the revival.

This revival run is significantly shorter than the original 1993 Broadway run, which lasted over two years. The current revival received one Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Musical but did not win.

Following its Broadway closure, The Who’s Tommy will embark on a national tour starting at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in Providence, Rhode Island, in fall 2025.

The cast is led by Ali Louis Bourzgui in the title role, with 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. The role of Tommy at age four is shared by Cecilia Ann Popp and Olive Ross-Kline, while Quinten Kusheba and Reese Levine share the role of Tommy at age 10. The ensemble includes 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. Swings for the production are Afra Hines, David Paul Kidder, Brett Michael Lockley, and Dee Tomasetta.

The creative team 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 serves as general manager.

Stephen Gabriel and Ira Pittelman lead the producing team.

Fans of the musical have a few weeks left to experience the revival on Broadway before it hits the road for its national tour.

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