The pinball wizard himself is returning to the Broadway stage. The Who’s ultra-influential rock opera Tommy will head back to one of the biggest stages in New York for the first time since 1995.

Director Des McAnuff, holding the same role he did in the ’90s, said that his new take on Tommy will be thoroughly modern, no small feat for a rock album about pinball made in the ’70s.

“Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today,” McAnuff revealed in a statement. “Tommy combines myth and spectacle in a way that truly soars. The key question with any musical is ‘Does the story sing?’ and this one most certainly does.”

The new, old musical will be mounted by McAnuff in 2021. He said that the story of Tommy has “a powerful resonance today as it seems like the whole world is staring into the black mirror.”

“The story of Tommy exists all too comfortably in the 21st century,” he continued. “In fact, time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker.”

No dates, venue information or cast have been announced, so stay tuned!

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