The Who's Tommy will return to Broadway in 2021. The musical will once again be directed by Des McAnuff, who directed the original 1993 run. The Broadway version of The Who's Tommy ran for over two years and won the Tony for McAnuff's direction and Pete Townshend's score, which tied with the score for Kiss Of The Spider Woman. For more info on the upcoming show, log on to: https://tommythemusical.com/

Des McAnuff, who worked very closely with Pete Townshend to develop the modern take on the infamous "deaf, dumb, and blind boy," said in a statement announcing the upcoming run:

Our new production of Tommy will be a reinvention aimed directly at today. 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. Tommy is the anti-hero ground zero. He is the boy who not only rejects adulthood like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher In The Rye, but existence itself.

He becomes lost in the universe as he stares endlessly and obsessively into the mirror at his own image. This gives our story 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. In fact, time may finally have caught up to Tommy Walker.

Although Roger Daltrey has been quite vocal over the years with his problems with the story and staging of the early-'90s Broadway version of Tommy, he was floored by the performers who brought the show to life each night: "I though the cast of Tommy were brilliant. And I think they -- and I had my criticisms of the show, which has always been very well known -- but the cast were superb. 'Cause I know how hard that is to sing."

During a chat with renowned Who historian and author Matt Kent, Pete Townshend shed light on the primary elements that inspired what's considered among his and the Who's most groundbreaking and beloved works: "When I was making Tommy -- about a year before I started to write it, I'd come across an Indian spiritual master, called Meher Baba, and started to read about his message and was very inspired by it. But all around in the time, pop at the time was a lot of acid, a lot of psychedelic drugs, a lot of psychedelic imagery -- a lot of hippie stuff going on. I felt, if we could achieve anything; if I could achieve anything -- if it had a spiritual subtext, it would straddle the world of pop in which we'd come and this new hippie world that seemed to be about new age values. . . And I felt that the pop song, in a way, was designed to deal with spiritual issues with young people. That, that was all it was about. Y'know, when people say, 'No. Pop music is for singing and dancing' -- My response is 'Yes, well, hey, what could be more spiritual than that?'"

The Who perform tonight (October 23rd) in Edmonton, AB at Rogers Place.

AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON SPIRITUALITY IN 'TOMMY'
AUDIO: ROGER DALTREY ON THE CAST OF TOMMY