The Goodman Theatre production of The Who's Tommy has extended performances through July 30 due to a high demand for tickets prior to its opening. Directed by the musical's Tony-winning original director Des McAnuff, the 30th anniversary revival will begin preview performances June 13 with an official opening night slated for June 26. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the new production with the video above.
The production has also announced that a pop-up pinball arcade will be featured inside of the theatre, free for audience members to play for 90 minutes prior to showtime and for 60 minutes following each performance. The highest score at the end of the run will win a custom Tommy Fender Stratocaster signed by Pete Townshend of The Who. For information on how to submit your score, visit here.
Leading the cast of the Goodman Theatre's reimagined revival is Ali Louis Bourzgui (The Band's Visit) as Tommy Walker, Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) as Captain Walker, and Alison Luff (Waitress) as Mrs. Walker, along with John Ambrosino (Les Misérables) as Uncle Ernie, Bobby Conte (Company) as Cousin Kevin, and Christina Sajous (SpongeBob SquarePants) as the Acid Queen (a role credited as "The Gypsy" in earlier iterations of the musical).
The ensemble comprises Jeremiah Alsop, Stephen Brower, Haley Gustafson, Sheldon Henry, Aliah James, Gabriel Kearns, Tassy Kirbas Lily Kren, Nathan Lucrezio, Alexandra Matteo, Morgan McGhee, Mark Mitrano, Reagan Pender, Daniel Quadrino, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Zach Sorrow, Ayana Strutz, and Andrew Tufano. Rounding out the company are child actors Ava Rose Doty, Presley Rose Jones, Annabel Finch, and Ezekiel Ruiz, who will rotate playing Young Tommy.
Check out the rehearsal photos below to get an inside look.