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April 5, 2013

A Tommy for the 21st Century!



The Who’s Tommy is coming back 20 years after its Broadway premiere – in an electrifying production at Canada’s Stratford Festival by the original Tony-winning director, Des McAnuff, who created the show with Pete Townshend.


In 1993, McAnuff and Townshend transformed The Who’s 1969 concept album Tommy, into the most technically advanced musical Broadway had ever seen. Now, thanks to amazing advances in technology and stagecraft, this production promises to blow the roof off Stratford’s Avon Theatre, with huge hits like “Pinball Wizard”, “See Me, Feel Me”, “The Acid Queen” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”


Tommy swept the Tony Awards in 1993, winning Best Director for Des McAnuff, Best Score for Pete Townshend, Best Choreography for Wayne Cilento, Best Design for John Arnone and Best Lighting Direction for Chris Parry.


Now the team is back together again, to re-create Tommy for the 21st Century. It’s an experience you can’t miss!


With an incredible track record, Des McAnuff is known as one of the top directors of musicals in the world. His production of Jersey Boys is a global phenomenon. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, has been playing on Broadway since 2005 and has toured North America. In addition McAnuff has directed Jersey Boys productions in London’s West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, Philadelphia, Auckland and Brisbane.


Des McAnuff’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar took Canada by storm in 2011, playing to sold-out houses in Stratford and winning praise from creators Sir Tim Rice and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as from Norman Jewison, director of the film version, all of whom visited Stratford because buzz about the show had reached far beyond Canada’s borders. The production moved on to successful runs in La Jolla, California, and on Broadway, taking its cast along for the ride of their lives.


Don’t miss Des McAnuff’s latest production. Book your tickets for Tommy at the Stratford Festival today. Call 1-800-567-1600 or visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.






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15 Responses to A Tommy for the 21st Century!

Steve Petersen says: April 7, 2013 at 2:16 am

Hearing and watching the Who perform Tommy for the first time in ’69 was one of the most amazing events in my life but watching the play back in the ’90′s, I would have to agree with Pete… Tommy is a perfect fit for the stage with an orchestra. Hope to be able to see it this format again!

Rupert Macnee says: April 6, 2013 at 5:15 am

I saw Tommy at the La Jolla Playhouse – with my Dad – the first time around, before it went to New York and all over, just knew it was going to be a hit, and now, again, I hope that Tommy finds a new audience

R.J. Panizza says: April 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since its Broadway premiere.
A production that, in spite its skeptics, was a major and also deserved success.
My, how time flies.
Residing in Milwaukee, I wish it was playing in Chicago -


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