Pete Townshend Teases Changes In New ‘Tommy’ Stage Run


Pete Townshend is promising changes in the upcoming Chicago revival of The Who's Tommy at the Goodman Theatre. Once again, the Tony-Award Broadway extravaganza is being led by Townshend and director Des McAnuff. Previews for the acclaimed musical will begin on June 13th in advance of an opening night set for June 26th — with the show running through July 23rd.

In a new video announcement for the Chicago run, Pete Townshend touched upon how the early-'90s musical has been updated for a new generation: ["We had to write our own rules. We did that, we broke all the established rules and now, the current generation, they're breaking all those rules again. What Des is suggesting is that we honor that, and we start our story — instead of in this post-war period, we turn everything on its head. I think it's going to work, I think it's going to be great. And I'm excited for Chicago. This has always been a really, really special place for me. And I can't wait to see how this show jacks in to where Chicago is today."] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . Chicago is today)

A nine-piece band performs the Tony Award-winning original score, behind the 28-member cast. For ticket information, log on to