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Des McAnuff Offers a Candid Discussion on the First Revival of TOMMY and Other Musicals

Des McAnuff Offers a Candid Discussion on the First Revival of TOMMY and Other Musicals

Update: 2024-05-06
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The Who's Tommy is back on Broadway for its first revival, 30 years after the original production. And directing this revival is the original director from that first Broadway run, Des McAnuff. While he is known for his work in musicals, he is also quite adept in the works of Shakespeare and other classical works, having been Artistic Director of Canada‘s Stratford Festival.

And we will touch on some of his other projects, but today’s conversation will mostly focus on three of his standout shows: Tommy and this season’s revival of it, the Best Musical smash hit Jersey Boys, and his Broadway debut and first Tony award for Big River. We talk about his penchant for doing musicals that feature pop music scores, and why some people look down on “jukebox musicals.”

(03:14 ) The Dodgers theatrical group and his directing in Canada

(08:53 ) Story #1 - Tommy

(25:43 ) Story #2 - Jersey Boys

(36:18 ) Story #3 - Big River

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Des McAnuff Offers a Candid Discussion on the First Revival of TOMMY and Other Musicals

Des McAnuff Offers a Candid Discussion on the First Revival of TOMMY and Other Musicals

Patrick Oliver Jones