GOOD MORNING BROADWAY FANS!! We are only 17 DAYS AWAY from The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What an exciting time it’s going to be to see people gathering in the streets of the Big Apple celebrating New York’s MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET for the 1st time in 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, you are continuing to wake up with us at New York Broadway Tours and our TOP 30 BROADWAY AT MACY’S COUNTDOWN playing many of your favorite show stopping performances. Are you ready for more?!!.
At #17 on our countdown, we embark on a journey following a young deaf, mute, and dull-witted boy that goes on to become a pinball legend and religious leader. This is the story of Tommy. The show is based on the legendary 1965 rock opera album by The Wh. It’s written by the band’s lead guitarist Pete Townshead along with Des McAnuff.
TOMMY was originally conceived as The Who’s greatest Gold selling and breakthrough album released in 1969. With the success of the album, it was later interpreted as a ballet, a full-scale Opera and a featured film all in the 1970’s . The plan of putting the rock opera out on Broadway happened in the early 90’s. At the time, Pete Townshend broke his wrist in a cycling accident which prevented him from picking up his guitar for months. While for alternative work while he continued to recover, Townshend received a message and immediately responded to the Pace Theatrical Group who called for permissions for the rights to adapt TOMMY as a full scale Broadway musical. PACE introduced Townshend to director Des McAnuff, with whom they immediately became friends and started collaborating.
The musical originally had its world premiere run in 1992 at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. It was a commercial success despite mixed reviews from critics (even WHO bandmates lead singer Roger Daltrey and bassist John Entwistle thought it was too passive). From there, Townshend and McAnuff worked on numerous rewrites before officially bringing the show to New York City.
TOMMY officially arrived on Broadway in the Spring of 1993 playing the St. James Theatre. The original production ran for 27 previews and 899 regular performances. Under the direction of Des McAnuff and choreography by Wayne Cilento, the original cast consisted of….
Tony Award winner Michael Ceveris as the title role,
Marcia Mitzman as “Mrs. Walker”,
Jonathan Dokuchitz as “Captain Walker”,
Cheryl Freeman as “The Gypsy” & “The Acid Queen”.
The original Broadway production of TOMMY was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 1993 taking home 5 including BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL (for Des McAnuff), BEST CHOREOGRAPHY (for Wayne Cilento), and BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (for Pete Townshend).
Following its life on Broadway, TOMMY went on to wow audiences from productions around the world including London’s West End, Canada, and more.
A Broadway revival of TOMMY is still in the early official works. The revival is set to happen in celebration of the album’s 50th Anniversary. It’s expected to feature direction once again by Des McAnuff. No official words of plans on when the Broadway revival will be happening. Stay tuned.
It’s still performed today in schools, community, and regional theaters everywhere.
How awesome was that PINBALL challenge?!!!
The show has still been getting lot of buzz winning a Grammy Award earlier this year for it’s original cast album along with winning 2 Tony Awards for…
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (for Diablo Cody)
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (for Lauren Patten).
The show also went through a full makeover change with its logo and several production photos of the cast in action added. All of this is added outside the show’s home at the Broadhurst Theatre.
How powerful is this show?
With the show’s return, the front of house billboards outside PHANTOM’s 33 turning 34 year old home at the Majestic Theatre. It features all BRAND NEW production photos of this current cast in action consisting of….
Ben Crawford in the titular role,
Meghan Picerno as Christine Daaé”,
John Riddle as “Raoul Vicomte De Changy”,
Raquel Suarez Groen as “Carlotta Giudicell”,
Bradley Dean as “Monsieur Andre”,
Craig Bennett as “Monsieur Firmin”,
Maree Johnson as “Madame Giry”,
Carlton Moe as “Ubaldo Piangi”,
Sara Etsy as “Meg Giry”,
Truly makes the ultimate MASQUERADE ever!!!
How thrilling is this?
ON THE MARQUEE: One of this year’s special Tony honoree shows back on Broadway for a limited engagement is David Byrne’s American Utopia. This is truly a ONCE IN A LIFETIME production you do not want to miss.
Check out the updates that have been made to the show’s front of house billboards outside Broadway’s St. James Theatre featuring Byrne himself and the cast.
David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway continues to be BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE now through March 6th, 2022.
How stunning is this?
ON THE MARQUEE: THE WIZARDING WORLD is set to make it’s way back to the Big Apple this month. We of course are talking about the return of the Broadway production of the Award winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
As previously announced with the show’s return, it will go through a full length change. The production will now be done as ONE SHOW instead of it being done in 2 Parts. Lot of dialogue changes, elimination of several scenes, and more to keep it updated.
Check out the brand new updates to the front of house billboard’s outside the show’s home at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre.
The Broadway production of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD is set to WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA it’s way back to the Great Bright Way on November 16th, 2021.
Who is excited?
How magical is this?
ON THE MARQUEE: Welcome Baaaaack POPPETS!!! One of the hottest new tickets right now on the Great Bright Way is the all new musical adaptation of the hit film Mrs. Doubtfire. The production most recently relaunched its Broadway previews after being cut short but 3 DAYS in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check out some updates that have made to the show’s promo logos and photos of the cast outside the show’s home at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre consisting of….
Tony nominee Rob McClure as “Daniel Hillard” and the titular alter-ego herself “Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire”,
Broadway favorite Jenn Gamabtese as the newly divorced ex-wife “Miranda Hillard”,
Analise Scarpaci as teenage daughter “Lydia Hillard”,
Jake Ryan Flynn as son “Christopher Hillard”,
Newcomer Avery Sell as “Natalie Hillard”.
Doubtfire on Broadway will continue its EASY PEASY set of previews…. AS LONG AS THERE IS LOVE of course. It will play it’s long awaited official Opening Night on December 5th, 2021.
Who is excited?
How great is this?