The Who’s Pete Townshend made a surprise appearance in Canada this week, taking in a preview of a stage revival of “Tommy” at the “Stratford Festival” in Stratford, Ontario. He also joined the cast on stage at the end of the night.
Director Des MacAnuff, who brought “Tommy” to Broadway 20 years ago, is also behind this production.
Townshend says “Tommy” still means the same to him now as it did then. “Not a lot has changed. There’s still a sense that the family is in trouble, that the way religion operates is still in trouble, that the celebrity system is still in trouble and that all of these things…well, they’re all the same. There’s a poignancy to that. I think about my generation and think that it’s sad that things were as they were.”
“Tommy” premieres at the “Stratford Festival” on May 30th. Stratford Ontario is only 150 miles from Detroit and makes a great weekend getaway.