THE WHO’S 'TOMMY Casts Their Lead


Ali Louis Bourzgui | Photo: Liz Lauren

Alex Mecklosky
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December 5, 2023 9:30 AM

Time to start those pinball lessons! Ali Louis Bourzgui has been announced to play Tommy in the newly reimagined Broadway production of The Who’s TOMMY, opening at the Nederlander Theatre this spring.

Decades after the epic pop-culture musical theatre sensation first bowed on Broadway, original Tony Award-winning creators Pete Townshend (music, lyrics, book) and Des McAnuff (book, direction) have reunited to bring the story of Tommy Walker to today’s audiences. The production will begin preview performances on March 8th, 2024 with an opening night scheduled for March 28th, 2024. 

 Ali Louis Bourzgui reprises the leading role on Broadway after starring in Chicago’s Goodman Theatre this past summer. Bourzgui even won Chicago’s Jeff award for his performance in the role this past summer. 

Myth and spectacle combine in The Who’s exhilarating 1969 rock opera, TOMMY—including the unforgettable anthems “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Sensation” and “Pinball Wizard.” After witnessing his father shoot his rival, the young Tommy Walker is lost in the universe, endlessly and obsessively staring into the mirror. An innate knack for pinball catapults him from reticent adolescent to celebrity savior. 

The Who’s TOMMY creative team includes choreographer Lorin Latarro, music supervision and additional arrangements by Ron Melrose, set design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Sarafina Bush,  lighting design by Amanda Zieve, sound design by Gareth Owen, and wig and hair design by Charles LaPointe. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting/Merri Sugarman, CSA. Additional Chicago Casting by Lauren Port, CSA and Rachael Jimenez, CSA. Tripp Phillips is the Production Stage Manager and Bespoke Theatricals is General Manager. 

The Goodman production of The Who’s TOMMY recently won 9 Joseph Jefferson “Jeff” Awards, the most for any show this season, including Best Director for Des McAnuff and Best Production.

Additional casting for The Who’s TOMMY on Broadway will be announced soon.

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!