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THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews

THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews

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#1THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 9:31am

The Broadway revival opens tonight! 
 

In 1967, The Who created a rock opera that changed the course of music history.

Some 25 years later, The Who’s TOMMY arrived on Broadway, winning 5 Tony Awards and pushing the boundaries of what musical theatre can be. This season, the Amazing Journey resumes in a dazzling new production direct from a record-breaking, groundbreaking Chicago premiere.

Myth and spectacle combine in a fresh reinvention of The Who’s exhilarating 1969 rock concept album, 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.

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#5THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 9:14pm

WSJ is positive

4/5 and 5/5 from New York Stage Review

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#6THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 9:21pm

Fordham2015 said: "Mixed leaning negative from Jesse Green

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/28/theater/the-whos-tommy-review-broadway.html
"

Yet, Water for Elephants was a Critics' Pick. Make it make sense.

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#7THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 9:41pm

DTLI Consensus: In a new, technology and projection-driven production, Tommy remains a Broadway sensation.

10 positive, 1 mixed, 1 negative (the NYT). 

https://didtheylikeit.com/shows/the-whos-tommy/


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MezzA101
#8THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 9:42pm

NYTimes: Review: ‘Tommy’ Goes Full Tilt in a Relentless Broadway Revival

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/28/theater/the-whos-tommy-review-broadway.html?unlocked_article_code=1.gU0.j43i.8SUhgWAbGTEe&ugrp=c

PipingHotPiccolo
#9THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 9:58pm

Four stars from the NYPost in a rave review. I dont remember that bitter critic liking anything before.

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#10THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 10:28pm

PipingHotPiccolo said: "Four stars from the NYPost in a rave review. I dont remember that bitter critic liking anything before."

He never likes anything, so this review I put quite a bit of stock in.

These reviews definitely give TOMMY a dark horse in the revival race. With all the others opened except The Wiz (and that got mild reviews at best on tour), it could potentially beat CABARET or MERRILY


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#11THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 10:38pm

quizking101 said: "PipingHotPiccolo said: "Four stars from the NYPost in a rave review. I dont remember that bitter critic liking anything before."

He never likes anything, so this review I put quite a bit of stock in.

These reviews definitely give TOMMY a darkhorse in the revival race. With all the others opened except The Wiz (and that got mild reviews at best on tour), it could potentially beat CABARET or MERRILY
"

I don't see it. I think these good reviews seal a nomination for Tommy, but it's not going to beat Merrily (or Cabaret I guess, but I think it'll be Merrily)

Jarethan
#12THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 10:54pm

quizking101 said: "PipingHotPiccolo said: "Four stars from the NYPost in a rave review. I dont remember that bitter critic liking anything before."

He never likes anything, so this review I put quite a bit of stock in.

These reviews definitely give TOMMY a darkhorse in the revival race. With all the others opened except The Wiz (and that got mild reviews at best on tour), it could potentially beat CABARET or MERRILY
"

Not gonna happen.  These reviews will lead to better business than most everything this season.  This is looking to albe a season in which revivals rule over the new musicals.

lopside
#13THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 10:57pm

The NYPOST reviewer who has not liked things that have actually gone on to win the Revival Tony ( he vehemently hated Oklahoma), suddenly being the one to put stock in would be weird logic. 

Zeppie2022
#14THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/28/24 at 11:25pm

"Four stars from the NYPost in a rave review. I dont remember that bitter critic liking anything before."

You need to remember Google is your friend. He raved about "Merrily We Roll Along" and has liked other shows like "Shucked and "Kimberly Akimbo".

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#15THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/29/24 at 3:52am

these reviews make a revival nomination seem pretty much like a lock

 

PipingHotPiccolo
#16THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/29/24 at 8:06pm

Zeppie2022 said: ""Four stars from the NYPost in a rave review. I dont remember that bitter critic liking anything before."

You need to remember Google is your friend. He raved about"Merrily We Roll Along" and has liked other shows like "Shucked and "Kimberly Akimbo".
"

I know how to google, I said I didnt remember him liking much, not that I searched high and low and couldnt find a positive review from him....

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#17THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/29/24 at 9:34pm

The reviews might help business for a while, but for me this show is similar to Spamalot in that some people will remember the original and say to themselves, "Nah, I don't need to see this."


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#18THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/29/24 at 9:56pm

quizking101 said: "PipingHotPiccolo said: "Four stars from the NYPost in a rave review. I dont remember that bitter critic liking anything before."

He never likes anything, so this review I put quite a bit of stock in.

These reviews definitely give TOMMY a darkhorse in the revival race. With all the others opened except The Wiz (and that got mild reviews at best on tour), it could potentially beat CABARET or MERRILY
"

 

Tommy is not beating MERRILY as Best Musical Revival!


"Anything you do, let it it come from you--then it will be new." Sunday in the Park with George

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#19THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/30/24 at 1:53pm

EDSOSLO858 said: "DTLI Consensus:In a new, technology and projection-driven production,Tommyremains a Broadway sensation.

10 positive, 1 mixed, 1 negative (the NYT).

https://didtheylikeit.com/shows/the-whos-tommy/
"

Seriously, what is going on with Jesse Green? Of course, critics can have differing opinions, and i always expect some range of ratings to help judge whether to see a show.  But, how can a show like Tommy, which got 85-90% positive reviews, which I personally agreed with based on the Chicago run, have such a negative and out-of-range review from the most respected (?) source. He continues to astound me, and it irritates me only because it may discourage someone from getting tickets, who otherwise might have really enjoyed it (based on the average of reviews).

Sammy232
#20THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/30/24 at 2:01pm

Menken Fan said: "EDSOSLO858 said: "DTLI Consensus:In a new, technology and projection-driven production,Tommyremains a Broadway sensation.

10 positive, 1 mixed, 1 negative (the NYT).

https://didtheylikeit.com/shows/the-whos-tommy/
"

Seriously, what is going on with Jesse Green? Of course, critics can have differing opinions, and i always expect some range of ratings to help judge whether to see a show. But, how can a show like Tommy, which got 85-90% positive reviews, which I personally agreed with based on the Chicago run, have such a negative and out-of-range review from the most respected (?) source. He continues to astound me, and it irritates me only because it may discourage someone from getting tickets, who otherwise might have really enjoyed it (based on the average of reviews).
"

The New Yorker was also very negative (but their reviews don't always come out on opening night) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/04/08/the-whos-tommy-theatre-review

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#21THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/30/24 at 2:24pm

inception said: "The reviews might help business for a while, but for me this show is similar to Spamalot in that some people will remember the original and say to themselves, "Nah, I don't need to see this.""

Considering the original production was 30 years ago, that leaves a lot of ticket buyers who never saw it. 


"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."

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#22THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/30/24 at 2:50pm

Menken Fan said: "EDSOSLO858 said: "DTLI Consensus:In a new, technology and projection-driven production,Tommyremains a Broadway sensation.

10 positive, 1 mixed, 1 negative (the NYT).

https://didtheylikeit.com/shows/the-whos-tommy/
"

Seriously, what is going on with Jesse Green? Of course, critics can have differing opinions, and i always expect some range of ratings to help judge whether to see a show. But, how can a show like Tommy, which got 85-90% positive reviews, which I personally agreed with based on the Chicago run, have such a negative and out-of-range review from the most respected (?) source. He continues to astound me, and it irritates me only because it may discourage someone from getting tickets, who otherwise might have really enjoyed it (based on the average of reviews).
"


Critic reviews are one person's opinion and a critic owes nothing to the show or to individual buyers.

Nobody NEEDS to listen to a critic, but some shows might be helped by good critical reviews.

If TOMMY gets good enough WOM and has a savvy enough ad campaign, it may be able to catch on, survive through the fall, return a bit to investors, and then tour.

Updated On: 3/30/24 at 02:50 PM

PipingHotPiccolo
#23THE WHO’S TOMMY Opening Night Critics’ Reviews
Posted: 3/30/24 at 5:51pm

Kad said: "inception said: "The reviews might help business for a while, but for me this show is similar to Spamalot in that some people will remember the original and say to themselves, "Nah, I don't need to see this.""

Considering the original production was 30 years ago, that leaves a lot of ticket buyers who never saw it.
"

Helen Shaws review articulates really well how McAnuff's assumption that everyone has seen this story already undermines the production. The more I think about this, the angrier I am about how this production team didnt bother to tell the story.